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Stuart Michael's Blog

Stuart Michael's blog is dedicated in bringing you a photo diary of travel, fashion, inspiration and design.

Say Hola

Stuart Michael

SAY HOLA is a collection of art and design by a fresh and emerging Melbourne based artist, Maria Flores. Maria is curious about colour and patterns merged with nature and culture. Her love for geometric shapes, monochrome and quirky typography is a common trend in her work.    

Her home studio is full of cacti, love and giggles from her two chicas who are a constructive part of her work, especially of CARLOS CACTUS, which grew from their interest in puzzles, making things and spending time in the garden.

The hand prints are an important part of Maria's artistic journey.  Inspired by the art of palm reading as well as the Hand of Fatima, which is a positive way of keeping the negative vibes away.  Every hand is different in pattern to demonstrate that we all have our own path to discover.

Each piece is created, designed and made with love by Maria in Melbourne Australia. Gracias for hanging around.

Maria Flores: @say_hola
Studio Home: @studiohome
Stuart Michael: @stumichael

Photographed by Stuart Michael for Studio Home


It's A Long Way Down

Stuart Michael


As a photographer it's difficult not to be overwhelmed with what you see in nature and to capture it, so that's exactly what I did.


If you happened to go away for the Easter long weekend then I hope you packed for some place warm. I conversely decided to go camping in icy cold temperatures that strangely enough made my experience a bit more interesting but was cause for some great photography.

A total of thirteen happy campers including myself headed for the Australian Alps, Mount Buffalo to be exact, which approximately sits five hours out of Melbourne and has an elevation of roughly 1.5km above sea level. Trekking up the mountain seems like half the trip but is well worth it in exchange for lookouts with panoramic views, waterfalls, casual walks and hiking paths. 

While it was too cold to go kayaking, in fear that we might fall in and freeze, sitting on top of Mount Buffalo is a stunning lake by the name of 'Lake Catani', a beautiful spot to locate yourself should you decide to go camping. For all of those who love to fish look no further!

Some helpful tips to those travelling up any mountain during the Autumn and Winter season, just be prepared, it gets bloody cold! Thick clothing, hot water bottles, sleeping bags that can handle minus temperatures and a hot drink before bed definitely helps with a good night's sleep. While there is no escaping condensation, keeping yourself warm is important.