PLACES WE LOVE: by Kian West


Yardsale 1Their Facebook blurb tells us they are a "Lifestyle store" but what does that mean? We aren't really sure, but we do know they are full of cool stuff. Some stuff is stuff you NEED maybe a new coat, bag or accessories... While other stuff you need (WANT) full of decedent travel treats, man stuff like beard balm, girl stuff like cute x10 shoes. Stop by, take a poke around. Trust us.  






Yardsale 3 Place: Address: 94 Maitland Rd. Islington -> Hours:

Thurs - Sat:

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Why We Love it: They Stock Mirage! Well, that is just one of the lush reasons that we love them. They are located down at the bottom end just off Beaumont Street, kind of near Islington Park, in this rad little strip of shops around the corner from Suspension Espresso so you can easy stop by after scoring that morning (or afternoon) coffee hit and grab some gifts.



Anzac memorial walk 2Greatest city on Earth? We certainly think so. Where else are there such incredibly beautiful beaches stacked up practically against the inner-city with this amazing working harbour that connects us with the rest of the world. Where the people are this funny mix of creative - laid-back - working class-free spirit fun and generally helpful folk. Passionate and driven, we don't always see Newcastle the same way, some people come to division over fig trees or railway lines, but it is really this passion that unites us, the passion for the city and how we as a community want it to evolve. Maybe the one thing we are missing is a leader with a vision so big and bold they are able to pull apart those divisions and paint a picture that everyone can agree upon. IMG_7177 night view of Newcastle from Stockton






Place: Newcastle, NSW Australia Address: 2300 Hours: All Day Every Day

Why We Love it: It is the way we love coffee just as much as Melbourne or Europe, our chilled outlook similar to Byron Bay, It isn't Sydney but you could visit there if you need to, with this rad little scattering of hipster bars, restaurants galore, so many venues with views of the water and a general realisation of everyone that this really is the best place ever.


Anzac memorial walk 1Newie Mirage crew - Kian & Ryan

Moneyperry...December by Kian West

"When the sun starts to slide, like an egg down a wall after a domestic disturbance, you'd better have your camera with you. If you don't have your camera bolted to you at all hours*, at least don't leave it at home when the sun sets. DSC59742 copy smlr

Sunsets are often the subjects of the first photo we look at and think "I just took a good picture". The beautiful thing about photography, though, is that you can return to the same subject matter ad nauseum and apply the lessons you've learned on all the other unpredicted, unfamiliar jobs and push the standard sunset shot somewhere new.


For me much of the charm of photographing Newcastle is the challenge posed by it's small size and small population. I tend to return to the same few, sparsely populated areas day after day and force myself to shoot something different. The question I face when I visit Sydney is "What will I shoot today?" but in Newcastle it becomes "How will I shoot today?".



*bolt your camera to you at all hours. "