bradbarian It's National Dog Day I hear. Should be a decade at least that's devoted to dogs I reckon.
Anyway, I don't actually own a dog because I'm so itinerant and flighty that I don't really know where I'm gonna be from year to year and that would be ruff on a dog.
Still, I need some dog in my life so my phone lock-screen is this magnificently gorgeous hunk of canine. "Cheese" is my friend @kristinamonkey dog and I love him dearly. I miss him every day but I see him in this photo at least fifty times a day and I'll never get tired of it. Look at that amazing face and tell me you could be anything but happy after seeing him.
I love you Cheese-dog and I swear when I see you next it will be a long and protracted visit. Maybe even a little squizza chasing and skunk wrangling if you play your cards right. #nationaldogday #cheese #dog #love
1d
  •   pystal I didn't even know that today is national dog day and yet I splurged on a comfy coushy new bed for my ole girl who is getting old and showing signs of arthritis. She loves it! 1d
  •   grahamsimson That's the best nose in the world 13h

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian This photo reminds me of this song... The smokestack spitting black soot into the sooty sky
The load on the road brings a tear to the indian's eye
The elephant won't forget what it's like inside his cage
The ringmaster's telecaster sings on an empty stage

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day

The girl with the curls and the sweet pink ribbon in her hair
She's crawling out her window 'cause her daddy
He just don't care
Come on

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day

The clown with the frown driving down to the sidewalk fair
Finger on the trigger let me tell you gave us quite a scare

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day

The kids flip their lids when their ids hear that crazy sound
My neighbor digs the flavor still he's moving to another town
And I don't believe he'll come back

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day

Well i don't know how you take in all the shit you see
No don't believe anyone and most of all
Don't believe me
Believe you

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day ...and not just because I love EELS. #Melbourne #melbourneisawesome #PortMelbourne #PortMelbournebeach #bikehire #palms #palmtrees #esplanade
2d
  •   enrica85 What a tune! I will now go to sleep singing this to myself 2d
  •   sugalu Oh I haven't played that for years. Thank you @bradbarian 🏾 2d

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian I call this, 'a-good-place-to-be-in-a-sudden-downpour'.
Pretty sure this was the only rain that fell in Vancouver for the entire month of July and it happened as I waited for a bus. Taking refuge under a beautiful big Japanese maple made me almost wish the bus wasn't coming. Almost. #northvancouver #northvancouverbc #vancouver #vancouverisawesome #rain #pluviophile #maple #mapleleaf
3d

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Something I miss about Vancouver...sometimes the sunsets can make your heart ache. It's impossible to tell when you're at peak gorgeous so you just keep snapping photos until you get one that seems 'just amazing' and you go with the one before that.
Two weeks back was not enough time to really feel like I'd 'holidayed' and frankly it was a little too expensive to ever do it again for that short a time. Next time I'll be including a Vancouver stop in much larger travel itinerary. Stay golden until then Pony-city
#vancouver #squaready #vancouverisawesome #northvancouver #northvancouverbc #sunset #maybesomefilterbutnotmuch #trees #silhouette #lookingwest
4d
  •   razzy_b Hello stranger! How's things? 4d
  •   bradbarian @razzy_b Hey Razzmatazz! Things are stupidly busy in my life. I only get a couple of days off a month (unless I crack and get a shift covered for mental health reasons ) so I've been absent with reason. Just getting back into riding my bike again now that the weather is looking better so I'm gonna make the most of my occasional day off and take more photos. How about you, all caught up in studies and research again? Any trips planned? 4d
  •   adriancrook Rock on! 4d

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian An empty school playground at sunset.
Does it make you feel anything in particular? Does it remind you of a time or place that is both happy and sad or is it something you never really considered?
Have you ever noticed how eerily quiet an empty playground can be? Almost as if it's overcompensating for the often outrageous noise that children usually make when it is populated. It's so quiet that you could sit on a piece of equipment at this time of day and hear disembodied voices from the neighbourhood drift by, vehicle sounds going places and along with the creak of swings, the ticking of cooling metal from the slide. Sit long enough and the sound of your own breathing, your heartbeat, and the whoosh of your blood pumping through veins would become your soundtrack.
And that is when you will feel really, truly, blissfully alone
#kitsilano #vancouver #goldenhour #school #playground #sunset #cypressstreet
5d

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian A chilly, greyish day in Melbourne but she's still a gorgeous girl. Just came from seeing "Inside Out" and my inner child is feeling pretty happy. Sometimes we forget that we are less than fulfilled unless we celebrate all of our emotions in their myriad combinations and great memories need to be revelled in lest they grow old and fade away.
Sorry to be so absent lately but I still love you all! XXXOOO #Melbourne #melbourneisawesome #metalsculpture #winter #cityscape #hdr #lookBIRDS #bridge #cloudyskies #leftbank
2mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian This moment brought to you by, "Uh-oh I seem to have walked past the door of the pub I'm looking for so I'd better double back and...oh wow...that's just awesome. I should take a photo of that." Just one of those unexpected confluxes of time, place, lighting, background, opportunity and taking a step further than I needed to.
Flinders Street Station has never looked more lovely.#Melbourne #melbourneisawesome #FlindersStreetStation #dusk #dramaticlighting #corner of #Swanston and #Flinders streets
3mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Just thought I'd share a photo of who I've been seeing lately. This beautiful broad is my go-to girl, my side-piece and my main squeeze all rolled into one. Lately she's been a bit cold...I thought maybe it was something I had said or done. Turns out it's just 'that time of the year' for her and all it took was a day out to the movies, a couple of beers and some lunch and she shone like gold again. How could I resist such a pretty smile, I just had to get a photo of her with the sun in her hair. I'm gonna have to get used to her cold flashes in the future, at least for a while anyway. I mean it's for better or worse, right? #Melbourne #melbourneisawesome #autumnal #sunkissed #cityscape #southbank #crownriversidewalk #crowncasino 3mon
  •   ebsshot Great cityscape ! 3mon
  •   aimeelou Hehe 3mon
  •   jadenschmaiden Fantastic photo!!!!! 3mon
  •   aubreesweet AWE-suuuuuuum!! 3mon
  •   _starlit_eyes 3mon
  •   pystal Ugh I could just listen to you for hours and if I could see through your eyes I don't think I could even handle what was to come 3mon
  •   craigsaintj Great Brad 3mon
  •   ciscolo You should be a singer/Songwriter, Brad. You have the look and the poetry... (Well, I don't know about your Voice, though, but anyways) 3d

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Good god the light...the light that seeps down into the painted corridors of Melbourne city can be exquisite at times, it literally gives me a photo-boner.
It's almost impossible to take a shot in Hosier Lane that is free of people but in this case having this group of people seems to add scale and depth to a scene steeped in light and colour...so I've let them be.
If you haven't guessed by now, I fucking love this city. Any of its shortcomings pale into insignificance beside it's charm, and if my workdays weren't almost twelve hours long I'd be photographing and posting a hell of a lot more than I do. Maybe next month... #melbourne #melbourneisawesome #hosierlane #graffiti #goldenlight #cobblestones
4mon
  •   redbeetle He's hooked 4mon
  •   aubreesweet AWE-suuuuum pic!!!!! 4mon
  •   _starlit_eyes Great capture B ..dont work too hard 4mon
  •   pystal Melbourne looks so damn vibrant. Australia has always been at the top of my man I wish I could go there but I'm so poor I will never go anywhere list but you make it look so damn good it makes me wish even more that I had made something of myself and could afford to travel. 3mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian There are some gorgeous Japanese maple trees in my neighbourhood and the autumn colour is starting on many of them. A few need some pruning and shaping and I'm wondering if my neighbours will think I'm weird for asking if I can do it for them...not for money, just for love of a well kept Japanese maple. It's probably not the weirdest thing they've had happen though...my neighbourhood is kinda sketch.
I debated whether to post this photo with the girls in it or one without but the red shoes on the girl walking on the left convinced me to include them. Also their conversation was about which One Direction hottie they would marry and what exotic location they would live in...I couldn't resist eavesdropping. #Melbourne #melbourneisawesome #preston #cramerstreet #japanesemaple #acerpalmatum #autumn #colour #picket #fence #OneDfans
4mon
  •   the_garden_guru_vancouver I've learned the art of Japanese maple pruning from you .. The first house I did had 8 of them Yesterday I drove by Lythe Crt in West Van that is the house You taught me on, and thought to my self this are some well pruned maples ... 4mon
  •   aubreesweet Funny how it looks a lot like my old Portland. 4mon
  •   jadenschmaiden Haha young girls agonizing over One Direction decisions. Cute! 4mon
  •   spunkygurl23 It's much better you included the girls in the picture, and their life bending dilemas. 4mon
  •   annaelisabethmoran 3mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Melbourne morning, MCG in the background and the Yarra river looking as beautiful as the sky. Back when the sun and I rose at the same time; now I beat the sun by about two and a half hours...
I'm glad I live in a place with seasons again, even if I still have to remind myself occasionally that they're reversed. It's almost comical to me that I'm preparing for winter in the middle of the year, and it makes me think twice or three times when I'm giving gardening advice at work. #melbourne #melbourneisawesome #summer #sky #clouds #reflection #Yarra #river #MCG #PrincesBridge
4mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Oh yeah, there's some wack shizz goin' on here. A hot day and I'm in shorts and a Star Wars themed t-shirt with the sleeves torn off because I know how to make store owners nervous. Even that hipster lookin' dude on the right thought I was up to some stealthy, no-sleeve-wearin' bullshit...but I'm not the one wearing his twelve year old sister's jeans so who is he to judge. #melbourne #melbourneisawesome #collinsstreet #collinsplace #reflection #post 5mon
  •   bradbarian @craigsaintj I've got them Koori legs mate. My only real legacy from my part aboriginal dad. 4mon
  •   bradbarian @the_mighty Thanks Quinn, he really stared me down hard. Strangely that reflection is of him walking up behind me so I could tell he was watching me the whole time. 4mon
  •   bradbarian @aracua Thanks bro, love me some 'thumbs up'! 4mon
  •   bradbarian @missvickie_ Well...I was gonna beg, but I'm trying not to be too needy. 4mon
  •   bradbarian @tallshawna I haven visited your page in a while. I'm way overdue. Even if you haven't posted in a while it's always good to see you again. 4mon
  •   bradbarian @spunkygurl23 Ironic isn't it? 4mon
  •   _starlit_eyes 4mon
  •   pystal Never trust a man with no sleeves! 4mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian There are many
social conditions that
the human mind
has adapted to already
but it seems we still can’t
figure out how
to back away from one person
when we know
we don’t deserve them
and we still can’t help
making our mothers cry
if we know we will feel triumphant
for only 5 minutes.

I have developed the habit
of staring at the hands
of people standing next to me on the train
gripping the dirty metal pole
until they are uncomfortable and
I am nervous
thinking about
the walking and spitting and
shitting machine
that the human body tries to
disguise itself from.

My status of religion
comes with many footnotes
and complicated annotations
and mostly
excuses and weaknesses
and Jesus Christ
it freaks people out
when I tell them I still pray
before I fall asleep every night,
but have you ever thought
about how efficient
a person’s smile is
as a form of communication,
and that ghosts only exist
because we are all afraid
of being alone,
and how,
if we try,
we can sit very quietly
for long periods of time.

I don’t want to be your friend anymore
but it is very hard for me
to end things
when you are being
so fake-nice to me
and all I can do
is sort of real-smile back
because I am always 100% confused
by the intentions of others,
and so what if I use this
as a mechanism
to stay young forever.

And it’s fine
that I have to be me
for the rest of my life
and that you told me
I might as well get used to it,
I agree!
I have to get used to it!
Because everyday I wake up and I feel tired,
and one day I’ll wake up and be tired of feeling tired,
and one day I won’t wake up at all.
It’s a race that no one asked to run,
and it’s true
that some of us are much faster
than others.
You have a favorite person
that isn’t me,
and that is okay too
because I have a cat
that doesn’t know she’s a bitch
and I have a mother
who texts my roommates
if I don’t respond to her messages
within twenty minutes.
We’re all just trying
to relearn the stories
we asked forgiveness for,
to hold on tightly to the bodies
that have wound up in our personal orbits,
and to stop blaming people
for saying “Good morning”
when we step out of bed
everyday
on our own.
5mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian I think if I ever build a house it will be mostly big blank walls on the outside and then I'll commission the types of street artists that produce work like this to fill those walls. Isn't this just way more compelling than a regular painted or finished wall?
I know there's a place for lovely conventional paint jobs and restoring heritage buildings requires strict adherence to a colour and style code...but once in a while a fairy riding a Pygmy Marmoset is so much better

#Melbourne #melbourneisawesome #streetart #graffiti #fitzroy #16x9 #16x9fordays
5mon
  •   aubreesweet Haha yes! Cheap painting friends but I go to every painting party cause of the free food. I.got sloppy joes last time. 5mon
  •   bradbarian @spunkygurl23 It's more impressive straight on...I should repost one soon from that angle. 5mon
  •   bradbarian @dahldana Why such a quick visit? We'd love to have you back! 5mon
  •   bradbarian @mediazombie You speak the truth Chris. I really should have been more assertive with my suggestion. 5mon
  •   bradbarian @aubreesweet Well if you're offering sloppy joes... 5mon
  •   missvickie_ Wishful thinking? Haha. 5mon
  •   spunkygurl23 You should. You really should post a lot more. 4mon
  •   dahldana I was there on a charter tour, its expensive going back, so it may be awhile. 4mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Let's just say that I've been inundated with new directions in life. Shall we?
In the last few weeks I've gotten a new job, a new place to live and started my training at the new company. I'm now out in the 'burbs of Melbourne, and whilst I may miss the vibrancy of the city I'm happy to have a real bed, my own room and regular hot water for showers. Also it's only a thirty minute train or tram ride back to the city so I know I'll be hanging out there on my days off for sure. It's where all the footy games are. #docklands #bikepath #deserted #blackandwhite #blackandwhitewednesday #bnw #b&w #trees #silhouettes #perspective #vanishingpoint
5mon
  •   bundaberg Ah the Mr B is back Glad to hear things are taking a new and exciting direction for you 5mon
  •   missvickie_ Someday I wish I could move to Melbourne or anywhere on that great island continent. I'd buy you a beer. 5mon
  •   ilovemystaffies Noice ️xx 5mon
  •   pystal Look at you! I'm so glad things are looking up for you Bradley, and always happy to see you here 5mon
  •   jadenschmaiden Yah I'm very unreliable in my online life, haha. Just check in kinda rarely. 5mon
  •   carlosvdh Like! 5mon
  •   dahldana This is fantastic. 4mon
  •   _starlit_eyes Nice 4mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Me taking a photo of a bunch of white people taking a photo of a painting of me.
Ok, not really...but COOL eh?? #melbourne #melbourneisawesome #graffiti #streetart #laneway #hosierlane
6mon
  •   wstairs so you did end up moving huh? awesome man hope you are doing well in your new place 6mon
  •   the_mighty You got your own paparazzi! 5mon
  •   craigsaintj Your back again..... Where the hell have you been now 5mon
  •   craigsaintj FB capture 5mon
  •   country.bred great one! 4mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian Have a guess what this is?
It's just part of the most awesome mural outside of a restaurant I've ever fuckin' seen is all!
I mean seriously! Even if the service sucked and the food was crap you'd have to give them props for commissioning such a kickass mural for their restaurant...AMIRIGHT?? Fortunately the service is great and the food is edible so all you gotta know is that this mural makes real life seem a little beige by comparison.
6mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

7mon bradbarian
Normal Bradley
bradbarian Little fish, big pond... 7mon
  •   bradbarian @pystal Hi gorgeous! I'm a bad IGer. I've let other shit get in my way of being connected to my favourite far away friends. Please forgive me, I'll try to be more up to date. 6mon
  •   bradbarian @dahldana Hey Dana! Thanks for making me feel missed! 6mon
  •   bradbarian @aubreesweet Oh Aubree, you make me homesick...and not even for where you're from! Just the PNW in general! Are you back there or still in Texas? I have to catch up on your feed as soon as I can. 6mon
  •   bradbarian @missvickie_ How's my favourite sex bomb? Are you and Aubree still a dangerous duo? Please fill me in on ALL your adventures. 6mon
  •   tallshawna I hope things get better for you and that you'll post more often. 6mon
  •   dahldana You ARE missed. 6mon
  •   aubreesweet I'm still in Texas for now. Ot was a good year, real good. 6mon
  •   missvickie_ I'm still a sex bomb. Aubree and I had an excellent summer with the hot dog stand but I haven't seen her in a few weeks. And its FREEZING in Dallas!!! 6mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian My world has become vertical.
My view of it sandwiched between the canyon walls of man-made brick and concrete piled up to house the dreams and drudgery of the day-to-day. Light filters through the gaps and carries motes of dust, pollen and smoke and my eyes begin to itch, a raspy feeling builds in the back of my throat like long suppressed emotions burning their way to the surface.
At times the colour drains from my world and seeps into the cracks and gaps in the bluestone curbs and only the faintest echo of beauty stains the edges...reminiscent of a fading Hollywood diva having applied her makeup and arranging herself to reflect the last vestiges of youth and beauty beneath her skin.
It's like a hook that catches my heart, reeling me back to another time and it's the setting of that hook that interrupts my breathing, convincing me that an ill-timed exhalation will rob me of the moment.
But the moment passes as it always does and I walk into the silken embrace of the sun, its scent filling my head and fuzzing over the surface of my brain. I feel almost drunk, a little giddy, and my shadow lengthens along with my optimism as I step towards the west...because there is gold in that direction and a man's fate is tied to his dreams of treasure

#melbourne #melbourneisawesome #littlecollinsstreet #sunset #cameraflare #deserted #street #nofilter #noedit #exceptsquaready
8mon
  •   redbeetle Okay..so it sounds like you've found a job dear Brad and trying to recalibrate?! 8mon
  •   mediazombie You can surely set a mood, my friend! 8mon
  •   bradbarian @redbeetle It's true B, I'm doing some casual hours at Coles in Sth Melbourne. Hoping for more than two shifts a week so maybe the new year will bring me my wish. 8mon
  •   bradbarian @mediazombie Thank you Chris, I think sunset brings out my 'deep'. 8mon
  •   redbeetle Ah good to hear! Foot in the door right? Start kicking now (: 8mon
  •   _starlit_eyes Happy New Year dearest Bradley! ^_^ 8mon
  •   pystal You've disappeared again! Noooo 7mon
  •   sushibao I so enjoy this photo... It's speaking I'm all alone but far from lonely. I have myself to keep me company... 5mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

bradbarian So I'm doing the drunk walk (the one where you take longer than normal strides so that your upper body doesn't get ahead of you and crash) along the sidewalk and suddenly to my right is this super narrow gap between buildings, at the end of which are some funky lights and drunk people partying on the street. Pretty much Narnia for assholes is what I'm seeing.
So I head down there because, well because I was drunk and feeling asshole-y and
I meet a bunch of drunk Irish rugby players (I know, what other kind are there?) and some drunk artists celebrating a gallery showing and all of us buy Chinese food and eat it together on the street whilst we enjoy some more beers. I left when the drunk Irish rugby players started playing Red Rover in the narrow gap between buildings because Red Rover always ends in crying and I can't stand crying people
#melbourne #melbourneisawesome #narrow #gap #between #buildings #lights #narniaforassholes
9mon
  •   bradbarian @missvickie_ Yes, I think we would laugh a lot and then I'd go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like.... 9mon
  •   bradbarian @jadenschmaiden Ha! Glad you think so love. My drunken adventures are rarely cool. 9mon
  •   bradbarian @aubreesweet Thank you darlin', you're the Princess of Awesometown, so you get to call it. 9mon
  •   bradbarian @tallshawna Oh good lord. There are drunk rugby players out there right now just dreaming of meeting a woman like you. I'd love to see their reaction to you. 9mon
  •   missvickie_ Not unless you're Nancy Sinatra and brother Frank Jr. 9mon
  •   tallshawna They'd love it. And I would love it! 9mon
  •   _starlit_eyes ^^ 9mon
  •   adrianaw85 Ah, the drunk walk. I'm out of practice (perhaps that's a good thing). 8mon

» LOG IN to write comment.