What a joy it was to be back in Sydney, Australia 15 years after my first visit to the land of Oz. Much was the way I remembered it (very warm/friendly locals, delicious food, inspiring fashion) and at the same time it was so new to me because the city has grown quite a bit. Although the visit was brief, I packed in a delicious amount of goodness. A major highlight was going to the Semi Permanent conference (and staying at the nearby Old Clare Hotel) which, in short, is days of creative inspiration thanks to highly accomplished creative professionals sharing their wisdom and their work with the masses. I’m very proud of my husband for being invited to speak at this thought provoking, informative, fun event. And it was such a treat meeting so many talented people including super prolific artist Gary Baseman who signed and drew an illustration in a book for us. Score! A close second, as far as highlights go, was Vivid Sydney, a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. While I didn’t get to experience much of Vivid, I had a super time watching the famed Sydney opera house, and other notable Sydney buildings, awash with fun, creative projections once the sun set. I hope you enjoy a handful of photos that show what I was up to and what caught my eye.
Vivid Sydney Cathedral of Light at Royal Botanic Garden
Sydney Opera House restaurant interior taken from the outside hence a bit of reflection on the glass.
Maroubra beach surfers
Photo credit goes to my dear hubs who humored my wish to nab a silly photo on Maroubra beach.
Vivid Sydney outdoor exhibit where people wore headphones and danced to music vs. blasting the music out loud.
Vivid Sydney Customs House all lit up – it’s huge!
Stage for the Semi Permanent conference
Full house at the Semi Permanent conference – a must do!
Artist Gary Baseman signing a book for us!
Central Park Mall escalators are beautiful.
Central Park Mall
I have a thing for reflections on buildings.
Bondi Icebergs Club
My favorite photo from the entire time in Sydney. A gorgeous woman emerging from the Bondi Beach Icebergs pool.
I saw countless Ibises in Sydney.
Which people are reflections and which aren’t? Look closely!
Huge leather sculpture of a military tank at White Rabbit gallery in Chippendale.
Interior of the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale. LOVE!