Chris Cincotta’s Camera and Community

 

A familar sight to any Baysider who’s walked a certain beach in Brighton. Image courtesy: Chris Cincotta photography.

A familar sight to any Baysider who’s walked a certain beach in Brighton. Image courtesy: Chris Cincotta Photography.

by Ed Kennedy

CC are Melbourne photographer Chris Cincotta’s initials. Yet, they may as well stand for the two pillars upon which he’s built his career: cameras and community. In the day-to-day trade of being a photographer in Melbourne, engagement and interaction with community is a must. However, the way in which Chris does it surely makes him a rare commodity.

This Melbourne photographer, who has spent many afternoons and evenings along the coastal trails and among the Melbourne CBD – including having shot some of Bayside’s most famed and picturesque spots – is now in a sense very much anchored down. After a most interesting couple of years around Australia and across the world, Chris is now a Melbourne-based photographer, regularly selling his photos day-by-day in the CBD, and who also a very proud Melburnian. It sounds so straightforward, but just like an Ansel Adams landscape or a Leibovitz portrait; the detail is so very often everything. Chris’ story need be given some further colour and scope then.

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…for rare would it appear Chris’ photos struggle for colour: Bayside’s Brighton

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Billboard on Nepean Highway looms large over TPP debate

A prominent sign to the sight of any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently between South Road and Cummings Road.
A prominent sign to the sight of any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently between South Road and Cummings Road.

 

7.00pm Tuesday May 26 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Plans for a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the Abbott government may seem at first something of a far off concern for Baysiders in their day-to-day lives in our seaside suburbs. Yet, any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently would have seen the following sign over North Avenue between South Road and Cummings Road.

The poster by civic activist group Get Up implores Andrew Robb, local MP and Member for Goldstein, to alter his policy direction on the planned TPP that would involve 14 nations including the United States and New Zealand alongside Australia.

A view of the sign from a distance across the Nepean Highway
A view of the sign from a distance across the Nepean Highway

Mr Robb, the Minister for Trade in the Abbott government has been a key player in Australia’s negotiations on the proposed TPP. Though the proposed trade agreement between the United States and a number of participating Asian and Latin American nations has not yet been enacted – nor finalised therefore – by participating nations, it has garnered an inordinate amount of controversy and

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A new debate about the old: Vintage and replica furniture

 

Gary and Rachel Lewarne. Nook. SKN. May 2015.

Gary and Rachel inside Nook St Kilda

by Ed Kennedy

What Gary and Rachel have cannot be manufactured. You’ll never find the British-expats who have come to Melbourne via Perth selling goods of which they cannot detail in-depth. The history, the significance and quality of craftsmanship that underpins an item in the vintage goods store can routinely be listed off-the-cuff by this couple.

Gary and Rachel represent one side of the coin in a furniture and goods industry that is facing a growing challenge to the ‘ways of old’ by replica furniture salespeople.

The existence of ‘new’ enthusiasts for old goods is becoming more common in modern commerce, as evidenced by the current debate surrounding replica furniture in Australia and the wider international market.

With copyright laws difficult to enforce internationally – combined with the rise of globalisation and online shopping – the idea of furniture pieces being unique, distinct and one-off is being challenged.

For Rachel, the issues within the industry are clear.

“Replicas are everywhere and it’s an insult to the second hand industry”, she said.

Having opened Nook’s first store at 258 Johnston St in January 2010 – and established a warehouse in North Fitzroy during … Click to continue reading

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Bayside City Council announces SSAGD social group

11.07am Friday April 20 2015 

By Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced the establishment of a Same Sex and Gender Diverse (SSAGD) social/support group, with the first meeting to be held next week.

The group will provide social interaction and support services to young people aged 14-24, who identify as same sex attracted, sex gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality.

Emily Buttriss, a Youth Worker with Bayside City Council indicated the group shall be easy going and inviting to those who wish to attend.

“There is no pressure for a young person to say or do anything they are not comfortable with when they attend meetings”, Ms Buttriss said.

“This is a group for people with similar interests and experiences and a great place to meet like-minded people.”

In particular, while participation is voluntary, Emily feels the conversational nature of the group shall be a core benefit to those who come along.

SSAGD shall “provide young people with the opportunity to come together to learn about the discuss topics that are of interest to them”, Ms Buttriss said.

Such conversations could be “about ‘coming out’, the transgender community, SSAGD affiliated youth organisations and so on.”

Emily also

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Cycling and the ‘Beach Road issue’

 

Beach Road Cycling Story

11.15pm Sunday April 12 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Cycling continues to grow in popularity world over, and this is apparent on any weekend in Bayside. Walk along the Bay Trail or any stretch of Beach Road within Bayside’s boundaries and you will see no shortage of recreational cyclists all the way up to professional triathletes pedaling along by Port Phillip Bay.

Bicycles, their use, and the debate surrounding their use and proper place within the roads ‘ecosystems’ is not new. Yet, events of recent weeks have given a renewed urgency to the discourse.

Two accidents, one at the corner of Dendy Street and Beach Rd in Brighton on March 21, and the other purported to involve a member of the Hell Ride group on March 7 – the name for a Saturday morning ride infamous for apparent collisions and incidents with other road users – has seen debate with a renewed urgency in the community and wider Victoria over the relationship between cyclists and other users on our roads.

 

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The corner of Dendy St and Beach Rd, Brighton where the March 21 accident occurred.

 

Felicity Frederico, Mayor Bayside City Council stated while cycling’s popularity has risen, the… Click to continue reading

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Design Market showcases local artists and their craft

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

 

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

10.03am Tuesday February 21 2015

The inaugural Bayside Design Market was held over the weekend in the grounds of Billilla Mansion, Brighton. The all-day Saturday market sought to offer an avenue for local artists and craftsmen to showcase their works to the local community, as well as offer Baysiders chance to buy up some handmade goods.

The market also coincided with a showing of the Bayside Artist in Residence program within the interior of Billilla.

Sarah Darby, a Fashion Illustrator who was one of the stallholders within the grounds of the mansion, indicated it was both a win-win for local artists, and ‘team effort’ by the local art scene to deliver the day.

“I think it’s a great platform to showcase our local designers. Bayside is such a supportive community, everyone really gets behind local talent, but it’s hard to show your work without opportunities like the Design Market”, Ms Darby said.

A Bridal gown fashion sketch by Sarah. Image: Darby Illustrations.

A Bridal gown fashion sketch by Sarah. Image: Darby Illustrations.

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Drones: The challenges of UAV regulation in Bayside and beyond (PII)

by Ed Kennedy

This is part II of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) article, following on from my conversation with Nicolas Pette, owner and operator of drone company Drone Under last week. Part I here: http://www.baysidecitizen.com/?p=483

As it stands the wider industry has presided over some considerable growth in a number of areas in recent months, and particularly as it relates to real estate, the environment and recreational use – all areas that may have a notable impact on the way Baysiders live, work and play. This is because the use of UAV has revolutionized -for the better – the way real estate agents are able to show off high-rise apartments, farmers ability to observe crops and land, and amongst recreational uses, provided a whole new way to film daily adventures. By contrast, the challenges surrounding the use and regulation of drones remains considerable.

One of the chief concerns going forward shall be the safe use of drones – especially by recreational users- and especially as applies to circumstances surrounding emergencies. Numerous incidents have been reported in recent months surrounding drone users letting their devices take flight while a police, fire, or ambulance emergency is underway. While CASA has issued

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