So I'm back from my travels with a rather larger abundance of images to edit than I'd planned on. I wasn't sure if I'd be shooting on my travels but plans change and in the end I managed to shoot four models from various countries around the world, and lots of stuff with my beautiful girlfriend Madame Bink.
For those of you who don't know, we went to Australia via Singapore and Back to London via Hong Kong. Singapore and Hong Kong was a great experience and we got to see lots and do lots in a short space of time. (more about those to come in another blog) Australia was all about one thing, getting to mission beach and finally meeting all of the 2010 attendees of Zoe Fest.
What is Zoe Fest?
"It’s basically an artist retreat/vacation, meeting of like minded people It is a private gathering of artists who are also members of ARTnudes Network or Community Zoe. We usually shoot during the day and have nightly activities, like slide shows, print trading, socializing, BBQs, dinners… we go do touristy things together, etc. Tis a lot of fun. You can come and just hang out if you don’t want to shoot, you can shoot, whatever. It’s your own plan makings during the day. We don’t set anything up nor are we responsible for your daily activities. We normally have a ”hello” meeting at the start of the get together so everyone can meet each other."
"Zoe Fest is not a commercial endeavour."
(So for those of you who were confused there's a little bit of information about the gathering.)
This was my first ever attendance of an event of this type, and I was rather nervous about fitting into a pre existing group of friends, of which I'd had very little contact. But from the very first meeting in Cairns with Phil Chaplin and Malcolm Grant I knew that were going to be good times ahead. I was impressed with the mixture of models and photographers from all over the world and how welcoming everyone was and what great friendships had been built at the previous events.
Here's a couple of travel photos from Mission Beach to wet your appetite for the shoots to come.