Adventure Time – Picking up my Golf from Beyond Limit Autos

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I’m on a bus.

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I’m on a ferry.

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Hopping off the ferry was amazing. Where in the world was I? Cam river waters, no traffic, no noise… so peaceful I almost felt like I was holidays.

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Beyond Limit Autos. Oh, there’s my Golf! And Adam’s too!

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All mine again!

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Loved this Lotus Jack was working on. It’s a full resto, chassis up and EFI conversion too.

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Quads?! Man this car is going to be amazing when it’s finished.

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Jack took some photos for me whilst working on the car. This is the new belt.

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The fraying belt damaged some wires. Jack ended up re-doing this wiring loom (he did a really nice job of it too).

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Under the engine, something’s leaking!

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Turns out it was a very small part and it’s been leaking on boost so Jack suggests I’ve been losing power (not that I’ve noticed though). It has now been replaced!

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This is the main issue. It’s the shaft of a bearing on the left side of the engine (part of the supercharger kit). The hard surface has worn right down. Jack is sourcing a replacement now from overseas so I’ll have to go back in when parts arrive.

I was wondering how the hell I was going to get to Rydalmere to pick up my Golf. The guys on the VWGolf Forums suggested I catch a Ferry as BLA are apparently really close to Rydalmere Wharf. They weren’t lying! BLA is literally the closest shop to the Ferry wharf!

Was such a nice day to be out in the sun, so warm and considering I never catch public transport, it was a bit of a treat! Jack from Beyond Limit Autos was awesome, great to finally meet him (the guys on the forum talk very highly of him and he is the guy who built my car when he worked at Ramspeed).

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Another Day Another Shoot!

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Shot with Jenny again today. I’m going to lose the keys to this amazing beach house soon so this might be the last shoot I manage to squeeze in!

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Art Magazine

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My feature is up on Art Magazine! It’s in German though, so I’ll paste the answers to their questions below!

What excites you about the subject of the nude?
As a prepubescent kid I was fascinated by the nude form, both male and female. My mother ran a fashion store in the city and on weekends I’d spend it at the shop, in the stock room flicking through women’s magazines and gawking at nude/semi-nude figures. Throughout high school I was infatuated with girls, nude magazines and art. Post high school (late 90s to mid 2000′s) I spent many years using the female form in my digital art but my first nude photoshoot was in my professional graphic design years. It was with my girlfriend at the time and it took place after drinking a lot of red wine. It felt really cheeky, very much spontaneous and in-the-moment. The results were amazingly tasteful and artistic, as a couple we were so proud of the images that we published them online. Over the years I’ve had various partners, most of which were willing to be my nude muses and whilst I don’t specifically try to gun after a nude shoots these days, when the opportunity does pop up I’m all over it (for arts sake!).

How far would you go? Are there any taboos?
I’d love to be able to honestly say that I don’t care about what others think, but unfortunately, at times, I do care. I like to think I have a pretty good reputation out there as a professional creative, and founder of various communities. There are things that I love on a very personal level (drugs, sexual fetishes, you get the drift…), and I feel that if revealed, some of these things would split opinions in regards to my image so in the end I do make compromises, and have yet to really go completely “uncensored” and doubt I ever could.

When is a nude picture considered a piece of art?
I’ve had very heated debates about this with creative professionals. A while back I got to meet Natacha Merritt, who takes very intense self portraits, many which are very graphically sexual. She spoke at AGIDEAS conference in Melbourne and her whole talk revolved around what is art and what is porn, yet it left most of the audience confused. Her work is art. I have no doubt about it, but the fact that a lot of people consider her work as porn just solidifies for me that not everyone out there “gets it”. I don’t have a black and white answer between the difference between art and porn (I tend to love living in the grey) but I believe ultimately that what is art and what is not is down to personal interpretation.

Who or what inspires you? Are there any photographers or artists that inspires your work?
I’ve always taken inspiration from myself, my past, my upbringing, my culture and my family. I identified very early on that it was pointless to be inspired by other creatives. When you do that you’re just copying and not understanding the real reasons as to why their work looks amazing, thus adding to the creative confusion out there. If you instead take inspiration from yourself you’re more likely to create something original as there is no other you in this world. Having said all that I am in absolutely awe of many creatives out there; photographers, artists, designers, typographers, etc. both locally and internationally.

Were there any mortifying moment while you were photographing?
Not to date! I’ve been on shoots where the main photographers have had technical issues with gear which ended shoots prematurely. I shoot in natural light so I only need myself, the model and my camera. I have no remote flash units or lights to worry about and I always carry 2 cameras to a shoot in case one fails.

How important is staging and coincidence for your pictures?
My favourite style of photography is what I like to call “in-the-moment’ style photography. “Off-the-cuff” and spontaneous. That kind of photography with a model doesn’t come by chance too easily though so lately I’ve been working on ideas with girls before getting together for shoots. My shoots are falling into different categories these days. I run a fashion label (Zen Garage) so there are straight out sexy look book style fashion shoots, then there are the shoots which have a concept where the photos need to be viewed in a chronological order as they tell a story, then there are my art shoots which may take inspiration from one single source, be it another artists work (take for example the shoot I did with Krystal which was inspired by an Araki photograph) or the model herself (her ideas for the shoot).

What projects or dreams would you like to fulfill in your artistic practice?
I’d love to collaborate with other artists I look up to, and also brands I look up to but so long as I’m able to create what I like to create then I’m happy. I spent many years as a graphic designer creating work for others. CD-ROM presentations, web sites, print design, branding design etc. Some of it was satisfying, but most of it wasn’t. These days I’m very selective about what commercial work I take on, and with photography I’m hoping to keep it as a passion project for the love and not for the money.

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Cam Photoshoot

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It’s been a while since I’ve met anyone that has left such a lasting impression on me. Had an amazing shoot with this woman today. Such a free spirited human being. Usually I try to capture the person, but she’s way too much person to capture in a photo. Half the time I just wanted to put the camera down and chat!

As usual, you can view these images on my tumblr.

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MKVR32 gets a tow

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VW RPRSNT!

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Low car friendly!

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Once you’re on Bill raises the trailer then you can open your door without it hitting any part of the trailer at all.

Massive thanks to Billvich Lo Tow for transporting my car to Beyond Limit Autos. His pull car is awesome and his trailer is something else!!!!!!!

A while back I started to hear a (new) noise from the supercharger. I got it checked out, but the main belt was fine. The other night I heard an altogether different noise. I pulled over, popped the bonnet and saw that a much smaller belt had frayed so bad that bits of the belt were everywhere and parts of the belt were pretty damn close to snapping! Hopefully a belt replacement is all that’s needed, fingers crossed!

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Art Magazine

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DAY MADE!

I tend to do most, if not all of my emailing first thing in the morning. It never ceases to amaze me how one email can totally dictate how you’re going to feel for the rest of the day. Sometimes it’s sad, but today it’s mad!

The photo editor for “art” – Europe’s leading art magazine sent me an email inviting me to have my work featured. I’ve got a bunch of questions to answer, and I get to select 20 photographs (not going to be easy but obviously I’ll have to select images from my more arty shoots).

First Juxtapoz Magazine, then Cool Material, now Art Magazine… considering I’ve only just started shooting a little more seriously this year I’m chuffed with all of this attention. It means nothing, but everything at the same time!

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RIP Beach Aquariums

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Goodbye Beach Aquariums.

My dad’s old aquarium shop in Bondi Beach has shut it’s doors for good. My Dad left it back in the 80′s and gave the business to my Uncle John who’s been running it ever since.

Amazingly, over the years John never did anything with the shop, he basically just ran it and never cleaned or maintained it. I remember playing in the little rock garden in the front of the store as a little kid. That painting on the glass was really vibrant once upon a time!!!

Sad, but hey, it had to happen. Bondi Beach is being overtaken by hipster cafe’s and the rent has gone through the roof over the years.

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American Zen

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I came across an image of this desktop toy set on tumblr. I did a search for “American Zen Day Dreamin’ in the Garage” and managed to find a new unopened one on eBay USA. Had to have it!

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Star Wars x Santa Cruz Skateboards

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Couldn’t resist. Santa Cruz Skateboards have done a collab with Lucasfilm and they’ve released a limited edition collection Star Wars skateboard decks.

Had a hard time choosing between Vader and Boba Fett. Went with Vader in the end (but still really want the Boba Fett deck!).

PS: Not sure if these are going to be sold in stores locally but I got my deck through the Skates.co.uk online shop (shipping was damn fast too).

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Kesii

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Early last month Kesii and I talked about teeing up a shoot for whenever she was next in Sydney next (she’s from Queensland), she’s in town and had an hour to spare today and although I prefer all day shoots I was more than happy to get snappy.

Kesii’s gorgeous right?! She’s so photogenic. Couldn’t take a bad shot of her. She’s currently about to graduate from Engineering, but she’s also working on JD Alterations, an upcoming side project/family business.

As usual, more shots on my tumblr: http://justinfox.tumblr.com

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