The campaign: to travel around Australia with 4 other Instagrammers, attending special events and photographing different cites celebrating 95 years of Qantas ‘Bringing Australians Home’.
We were divided into two teams that would criss cross the country over a period of 10 days, meeting in Sydney for the finale. I was to travel with Andrew aka @surfistatomato to Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra and Adelaide.
The first Instameet was held at the hallowed cricket grounds – the Gabba in Brisbane & I must admit, a little bit wasted on me (having grown up in a sports starved artistic family). But there was a wonderful cluster of cafes and shops in the backstreets opposite the cricket ground. Among them, the Pearl Cafe where the upstairs rooms had been wasted in a fire, then renovated, evidence of the flames preserved under layers of varnish.
Next stop was Hobart, Tasmania – a state I’d never visited before. Immediately I felt in tune with it. The prettiness of the flower filled town overlooked by a mountain with a strange ethereal quality. The dark edge to the fairy tale provided by the fascinating MONA- the Museum of Old and New Art.
From the minute I got off the plane I couldn’t stop taking photos. Fascinated by the Art Deco architecture, the cafes with organic produce and fresh cut garden flowers. I rented a car and travelled up to the peak of Mount Wellington, looking down on a Lords of the Rings style panorama of the town and bay.
I enjoyed travelling with Andrew, @surfistatomato . His style is very different to mine; focusing on ultra modern architecture and pattern and repetition in facades. He saw things I never would have noticed. Which is really the essential beauty of Instagram: to see the world through others eyes…
Canberra next, spending most of my time in Hotel Hotel and the surrounding Nishi precinct. Hotel Hotel is a high bench mark in Australian design. Glamorous yet intimate, artistic and at the same time welcoming to all.
Then on to Adelaide and a day spent at Seppeltsfield,one of the oldest wineries in the Barossa Valley. From the long driveway lined with massive date palms to the room filled with barrels of port to the artisans workshop building, Seppeltsfield was a world unto itself. A winery taken to the max. The same day of the Instameet there was also a segway training class, an open air concert and of course multiple wine tastings…
Home again and the Sydney Instameet held in the Rocks on a moody grey day finishing with a concert on Sydney Harbour. With Qantas having an almost mythic place in the Australian psyche, it was an adventure to have travelled around the country for them, documenting its natural beauty and special places.