Tuesday, November 25, 2008

RMIT Interview

Phone interview Wed for photography!

More photo shoots planned for the weekend.

Thursday is Thanksgiving and Wednesday is a day off as it Friday...time to catch up on photos and all the work they require.

Cara =)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cara the photographer

Cara has been accepted for an interview at RMIT photography...in Melbourne...tehehe. :/
Phone interview it is! :)

I am shooting a lot for my Digital Class. Photo shoot mania! YAY!

The Berkeley Sonoma County Couch Surfing Invasion happened to recently:





Friday, November 07, 2008

Cara's update

Hello Aussie and International friends!

I wanted to write to say Hello and give you an update on where in the world Cara Bradley is!

I am living in California in the town where my Dad lives an hour north of San Fran. I did a big road trip of the Western USA over summer and returned to study at a great college here during the Fall semester. I am pursuing studies in Photography and Art with great teachers for very little money. I am loving the change of disciplines…very different to Microbiology.

I am working casually doing all sorts of things but just in little bits. I am no longer living with my Dad which is much better for our relationship but I visit often. I live 5 blocks from the college with my boyfriend Paul, his/our room mate Brian and my betta fish, the Colonel. Brian is an avid gardener and the front had just been planted for Fall- chard, kale, radishes, bok choy, radiccio, lettuces and lots of garlic and onions (we have contacts at a farm specializing in garlic).

I started a group to unite local Couch Surfers here (for those of you who don’t know: http://www.couchsurfing.com ) and we have just hit over 100 members. I am enjoying connecting, organizing and inspiring people as well as meeting travelers. We just had 2 New Yorkers gals on our couch for 2 nights and last week a group of us went into San Fran to socialize with some of the city mice. I was sad to see them go this afternoon.

When will I see you?
The question my poor Mother would like answered! Oz is so far away and I don’t feel I can jump on a plane unless I’m coming home and staying home. No cheap flights! I have applied for Photography and Fashion courses in Melbourne and will have phone interviews soon (fingers crossed that I get an interview for photography after they see my portfolio). If I get in I guess I will be back next year although I might defer depending on what I am learning here and my relationships.

I can imagine Australian spring, summer and Christmas though and I want to be there…but don’t know where I fit in there right now nor how I would make my life there.

So I’ll keep you posted. But I love you and miss you all! Enjoy Oz or Europe for me…can’t wait for a coming home party!


PS. My blog is still up and running! Visit to see awesome pics of American Halloween!

PPS. For those of you who don’t know the timeline:
May ‘07- arrive in the USA (visit relatives, study)
Aug ‘07- backpacked and Couch Surf Alaska, Canada and Europe
Xmas ‘07- Back with family in LA
Jan ‘08- Spring semester at SRJC- photography, journalism, singing, fashion
Summer ‘08- CS Road Trip around Western USA
Fall ’08- Fall semester at SRJC- photography, art, yoga, improvisation

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Celebrating Halloween a second time....

Celebrating Halloween a second time..........with an open mic night.

It was my first time experiencing an open mic night....I really like the concept. There were singers, guitarists, pianists and poets all performing in Halloween garb! What better photos could you ask for!?!

To see more photos you can go my new flickr album:


Sunday, November 02, 2008

Spooktacular Halloween!

Friday, October 31st was a rainy Halloween. The candy and the kids seemed to be unhindered however….by kids I mean me! It my first time Trick or Treating since I was 10 years old and I all for it! Paul (a Mummy Ninja), Hillary (a contemporary Cheshire cat), Melissa (a contemporary white rabbit), Brian (a pumpkin head man) and I (little Bo Peep) spent the night roaming the streets.

We started locally with our next door neighbours and worked our way to McDonald Avenue a few blocks away. Melissa and I were out solo for a while until the others caught up. Paul labeled me the ‘trick or treating machine’, something I feel no shame over! We ran into our friend Evan and convinced him to come along for the ride. He was cycling and holding my photography tripod so together Evan and I decided he was he a Tour de France offical photographer.

McDonald Avenue is nortorious for its Halloween displays put on by the big mansions. The street was well decorated, one had a car theme...skeletons driving a car on their lawn and a million carved pumpkins on the porch. Another had a pirate treasure display. The street was swarming with people...it was slightly ridiculous. You had to line up to get to the door for candy.

As it approached 10pm, the Trick or Treating died down and we headed home. We had gone all the way to the end of McDonald and so by the time we arrived home, everyone was buggered. Sore feet, sore backs…Trick or Treating is hard work! I had had grand plans for the evening: after Trick or Treating I had intended to take some photos with my Dad of Halloween displays and go to one or more parties. Instead, we all sprawled out on the couch exhausted and ended up making some great vegetarian pasta for dinner at 11pm to combat the skipping of dinner and high level of sugar we had ingested.

This Halloween brought up memories last year. Leading up to Halloween I was in Quebec City Canada staying with Jeanna. We attended a Halloween bday party for her friend Carin and she made a cake shaped like a bat. I had my cat hat and Jeanna was dressed in a little kids pumpkin costume. A few days befre Halloween I bused it to NY to staying with my Alaskan friend Tanner in the dorms at FIT. On Halloween we hit the streets to see the Halloween Parade with his ‘bestest and closest’ friends at the time....in the fickle world of fashion he no longer knows 'those people'.

It Saturday evening now and still the rain falls. The bin is full of candy wrappers and my uncarved pumpkin adorns the mantle.