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PLACES WE LOVE: SIDE POCKET ESPRESSO by Kian West

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SIDEPOCKET_1In what was once a large petrol station, well it still is one, but taking up much of the real estate now are other small businesses sharing this Mayfield location including the cutest little coffee spot. Tucked neatly in the corner of this shared spot sits Side Pocket Espresso serving out perfectly poured caffeine and delightful treats to eat.  

 

  SIDEPOCKET_2Place: Side Pocket Espresso Address: 9/286-292 maitland rd., Newcastle, New South Wales 2304 Hours:

Mon-Fri:
06:00-15:00
Sat:
08:00-14:00

 

Why We Love it: As avid coffee enthusiasts we really enjoy a great latte or Soy Cappuccino at Side Pocket and that they lovingly support Newcastle Mirage with a front and centre space for our stand. A real community focused venue they are big supporters of what is happening around them and you can often find all the latest info on local news.  SIDEPOCKET_3

PLACES WE LOVE: DARK HORSE ESPRESSO by Kian West

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DARKHORSE1Just off the main drive in Wickham lives a delightful little coffee destination serving the locals and travelers alike. It feels a bit like a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle but close enough you could run back to if required. Place: Dark Horse Espresso Address: 20 - 24 Greenway Street, Newcastle, New South Wales 2293 Hours:

Mon-Fri:
07:00-14:00
Sat:
08:00-12:30

DARKHORSE2Why We Love it: Early adopters to Mirage + Delicious Coffee = pure love.

It is true, Dark Horse were one of the first stockists of our little magazine, supporting us from the very get-go and we have always been pumped to stop by at the beginning of the month for some glorious coffee and a delivery of warm Mirage. It is a great location to catch up with people or stop by quickly for a take away.

PLACES WE LOVE: Vivid Espresso by Kian West

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When you walk around the streets of Wickham, Tighes Hill, Islington, Carrington and any other suburbs around the inner-city but just outside the hussel-n-bussel you can easily forget how close you are to CBD and relax.

Tucked away ever-so-neatly is one incredible little coffee destination...

Place: Vivid Espresso Address: 14 Milford Street, Islington. Hours: Monday - Saturday: 6am-12:30PM

Why We Love it: The Coffee! Whenever you find a Barista that is clearly passionate about what they are doing (the first time I visited she remade my coffee because she wasn't super confident it was perfect because of a fresh bag of beans) you can usually be sure that the coffee will be on point. It always is at Vivid. It is basically just a coffee spot, not really anything in the way of other snacks (it's not a cafe) but if you love that daily dose of Caffeine in coffee form and live around the area then make a visit a must-do-item on you weekly to-do list!

It's all the little things, as well as the coffee, that make this a space you want to re-visit again and again. To borrow a phrase "It's the Biscotti Moment" and in this case it means the little chocolate covered coffee bean placed lovingly on the lid of the cup. It is the amazingly designed coffee cups it is served in. Most importantly it is the staff that are open and keen to make niceties and genuinely seem interested that make you feel welcome and want that again.

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60 Seconds with CHRIS BROWN by Kian West

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60 Seconds with CHRIS BROWN

by KIAN WEST

 

CHRIS BROWN IS A BUSY BOY. PHOTOGRAPHY, RUNNING A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN BELMONT & FERMENTING JUST THINGS TO NAME A FEW. THIS IS THE PART WHERE I TELL YOU, DEAR READER, WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT. WE TALKED ABOUT CHRIS' INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. BUT SEE FOR YOURSELF.

How would you describe the photography that you take? My work is a mixture of film and digital photographs, largely portraits – which range from informal documentary style right through to heavily styled studio work. I have 29 cameras and tend to have a few different projects running at the same time. Say for example, I might be working on digital studio portraits, recording everyday life, and another film project where I play around with negative layering, double exposures, carefully controlled light leaks and other fun techniques. I like to experiment and have several things going at the one time.

What are you working on at the moment? I am working on a fashion shoot with a few friends of mine, my upcoming exhibition “Everyone I Know, Everything I've Seen”, an artist residency and a series about community gardens.

Where is your next event? 16th May, 2014, at Churchkey Espresso, Hunter St 6:30pm.

When do you like to take Photos? Is it all about timing or are you always on? My camera is connected to my body via umbilical cord. My camera goes everywhere and I feel weird if it's not with me.

Who is your biggest influence/s? Oh, hard to say. I would rather say that moods are my biggest influence. I can be inspired by the mood of a song, a painting or a landscape just as much as a visual artist.  I get inspired by emotions, feelings and the environment. I have always been  interested in 'exhale moments' – moments in life where you just stop and have a deep breath for whatever reason. Where the mind gets even just one or two seconds to have a break and forget about all the stuff happening in the world. It's not a meditation or de-stress thing, it's got to do with my fascination with people who are comfortable in their own skin and in their own head. I think it's about confidence. Confidence is sexy.

If you could shoot anywhere where would it be? Or who would it be? The mountains of Tasmania would be my location of choice... Such a harsh yet magnificent place.