Kimberley Fine Diamonds
It was a very humid, very sweaty afternoon in late October. The build up had been keeping us company for a few weeks leading up, with high levels of humidity. We had been keeping an eye out on the weather forecast which predicted rain. Although it was early in the season for that, we could see some storms and rain looming on the radar.
Being a part of creating this image collection for Kimberley Fine Diamonds, has been a highlight for me.
Kimberley Fine Diamonds is located in Kununurra and known as Australia's most remote diamond house, established in 1991 by outback pioneer Frauke Bolten-Boshammer.
I worked closely with Frauke's daughter Katrina, who was the driving force for this shoot. Katrina also designed this gorgeous collection with their Master Jeweller, Joe Sanchez, who handcrafted each piece.
The images were for KFD's Pink Wonder Collection - Gerany ngenhengbe-ngoowing ngoondengiyijang. 'A monumental collection celebrating the 30th anniversary and the unique Argyle Pink Diamond. Every piece in this nostalgic collection is handcrafted, showcasing natural white and pink diamonds from the now-concluded Argyle Diamond Mine.'
Katrina had a clear vision in mind for the shoot and I felt privileged to be able to bring her ideas to life. After a few planning sessions, a date was locked in and away we went!
Our locations included the amazing Zebedee Springs at El Questro and a stunning location beneath the Cockburn Range on the Gibb River Road.
The air was thick, our Kununurra models Liesa and Tori did an amazing job staying poised and on task with high temperatures. Meanwhile videographer Chris Magnay and myself were submerged in the water below to capture the footage. Sounds refreshing right? However the water at this location is hot springs, so we were feeling the heat as well!
Katrina had hand picked the beautiful outfits for our models which were absolutely stunning and perfectly suited to the vibe of the shoot.
A couple of hours in and the rain began to fall! Our set up in amongst the huge livistona palm trees became slowly saturated from the rain above. Some of the larger palms leaves provided us with shelter, enough to keep some of our things dry. However I should add that the rain was welcomed, as it took the edge away from the stifling heat just earlier.
We continued shooting in Zebedee Springs for a short time before heading to our second location. Chris and I were both getting distracted by some of the epic storm cell formations surrounding us as we arrived at the next spot, but then pulled ourselves away to commence shooting again with an incredible backdrop.
The stormy weather created a moody setting for our models in front of the Cockburn Range. At first I had a few concerns as the sun was being blocked by the clouds, however it turned out perfect and gave the images the feel that we were hoping for.
I love love loved working on these images! As well as the trust given to me by Katrina and the KFD team to create what they had envisaged.
When I look back on the final image gallery... it feels magic.
These images are very special to me and I'm proud to be able to share them with you.
Katrina has been sharing the images on KFD's website and social media, links listed below. Included in these posts are Chris Magnay's beautiful video creations, well worth a look.
(The gallery below is best viewed large. So if you're looking at this on your phone, write yourself a reminder to revisit this page once you're back on the laptop or computer. It'll be worth it I promise.)
NEW! Artopia Framing & Photography Shop
Something exciting has been happening behind the scenes recently... and it's now here to share with you all!
Artopia Framing & Photography has opened in Kununurra at 116 Coolibah Drive!
(The old Toyworld building, 3 doors to the left of Subway).
Artopia's framing business is now based in this beautiful new space and I am lucky enough to have my prints displayed on the walls. Still can't believe it's real!
A huge thank you to the Yollandè the amazing framer, a helping hand from Abby at Artopia Gallery and of course... I can't thank Cally Bugg enough. The business owner and brains behind all of this - for this incredible opportunity.
The exhibition prints from the opening night are currently on display and available to take home as your very own. I would love you all to come in and have a look. Exciting times ahead!
Wow, we are feeling very humbled by the Kununurra community.
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the opening night on Friday, it was an overload of good vibes.
We are so excited to share this journey with everyone and if the support from Friday was a sign of things to come... we can't wait!
Exciting news, as of today, Artopia Framing & Photography is open. Please pop in to say hi! We are located at the old Toyworld building, 3 doors to the left of Subway.
Landi Bradshaw's exhibition prints are displayed throughout the building and very much available to purchase.
Can't wait to see you all!
Cally, Yollandè and Landi xx
P.S. Artopia Gallery is still open for business as usual, featuring local artists of the Kimberley - at 144 Konkerberry Drive, Kununurra.
Image Credit: Huge thank you to Angel Tomas from East Kimberley College for capturing these beautiful images from the evening.
Facebook: Artopia Framing & Photography
Phone: 0487 028 938
Address: 116 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WA 6743
Framer: Yollandè Grimley
Owner: Cally Bugg
Facebook: Artopia Gallery
Phone: (08) 91681 882
Address: 144 Konkerberry Drive, Kununurra WA 6743
Gallery Manager: Abby Holt
Owner: Cally Bugg
Kununurra Touch Football Association Photos
I have been part of the Kununurra Touch Football Association since I moved to town in 2013. Having never played touch before, it was a quick learning curve to understand how it all worked! (Running forwards, passing backwards, constantly running forward then back, forward then back - all very new to me).
A few years later I helped to run the first women's touch footy comp, which was such a great milestone for the town, and later on held the role as the club president.
Today I play touch during the season every Monday night, it's one of my favourite sports!
The club organised these photos to focus on the junior players as well as capturing the beautiful red ranges in the background of the oval at sunset. For a small community it's fantastic to have a thriving junior comp!
Have a look through the photos and you may even find a shot of the open comp players somewhere in there!