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.


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

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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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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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Council Appoints Architects For Dendy Street Beach Upgrade

by Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced architects Jackson Clement Burrows have been appointed to undertake the new Dendy Street Beach Pavilion redesign.

The new pavilion will provide for a number of improvements to the space including a café, kiosk and community space. Alongside this space shall have public toilets as well as providing new accommodation for the Brighton Lifesaving Club.

In a statement Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico underscored the significance of the site to the local community.

“Dendy Street Beach is home to the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes and is one of Victoria’s iconic locations,” Cr Frederico said.

“The Brighton Life Saving Club have been helping our community for over 90 years” and “the new building will not only provide an improved base from which the Brighton.”

“Lifesaving Club can continue their important work” but also will serve as “as a valuable community resource”, Cr Frederico said.

Alongside local considerations, Council has previously indicated its regard for Dendy Street Beach as an important tourist attraction within the Bayside area and this is understood to have also been a key factor in consideration of the design.

Graham Burrows, the Chief Architect of the Dendy project at Jackson

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Rich Story Sewn Into Life By Ricci The Italian Tailor

Niccola Ricci in his store at 108 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Niccola Ricci in his store at 108 Rathdowne St, Carlton

by Ed Kennedy

Niccola Ricci is not foreign to fame. Walking into his shop and looking across the slew of jobs he is to finish one can see carefully strewn across the walls inklings of a great past and a quiet but proud acknowledgement of the recognition his work has brought him.

Ricci is one of the last great tailors not only of Carlton – but all of Melbourne. At 90 years old his work now is driven far less by necessity and more by ritual. On the days he feels unwell he does not arrive to open up shop on Rathdowne St. For those who’ve quickly need jeans shortened or a tear in a shirt repaired he may not be your man then. But, given the quality of the work done – and the clear evidence across the store of a ongoing demand for his talents – the willingness to wait a little longer for something done well seems something his customers are more than willing to accept.

This theme of quality has been key not only to Ricci’s attitude to work but attitude to life. Having begun his … Click to continue reading

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Chefs Compete For Gelato World Tour Crown

Winners Presentation

The Winners Presentation to Gelataria Messina at the 2013 Gelato World Tour in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia

by Ed Kennedy

The Gelato world tour attracted big crowds in North Melbourne last month, attracting gelato fans from far and wide to partake in the inaugural international competition.  The event, hosted at Argyle Place in Carlton, featured a selection of gelato artists from around Australia and the world, and saw the Melbourne event won by Donato Toce and Simone Panetta of Sydney Gelataria Messina, for their Cremino recipe.

The winning flavour was comprised of salted caramel gelato, Italian meringue, and with amaretti biscuits scattered throughout.  The winners are now eligible to compete in the Grand Final in Rimini, Italy next year.  Mr Toce said multiple elements are required to craft a winning gelato.

“It takes science, skill and love”, he said.  “I’ve been a chef for 25 years and making gelato for 10. So it takes a long time to get it just right.”

Mr Toce indicated plans to open another Messina in Smith St, Collingwood by the end of November this year, which will allow Melbournians to get a taste of their award winning Gelato.
The event saw over 6,000kg of gelato … Click to continue reading

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