Stuart Chapman, Founder, Indisposable Concept

Get up early and embrace the freedom and excellence of a Saturday ...

While our grandparents and parents relied on film to capture the precious moments of the past, passing down creaky, dusty albums of family history to each new generation, these days our fondest memories tend to be preserved on hard drives and social media applications. Indisposable Concept aims to change this, making us slow down the process of capturing the everyday, putting our trust back into the rawness of film photography. Using a disposable camera containing one roll of film over the period of a week, Indisposable Concept gives you 24 opportunities to capture and share the immediate world around you. While the initial idea was to exhibit the project in the physical form, Indisposable Concept has quickly taken off in the online realm, merging the tangible and raw with the digital ability to share each sequence of shots across a broad demographic. The creation of graphic designer and photography dabbler Stuart Chapman, this side project makes us question what are the most important things in our lives and challenges our ability to capture them, removing the ease to check each snapshot after we click open the shutter. The Weekend Edition caught up with Stuart to talk inspirations and perfect weekends.

How do you like to start your weekend?
By switching off the computer and walking to the fridge to grab a cold beverage. Working from home can prove to be a struggle at times as the work is never far away and the mind is always on. Disengaging from the office/home environment and stepping into new surroundings by taking my dog Ruby for a walk helps the process of switching off.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
Get up early and embrace the freedom and excellence of a Saturday. The day doesn’t start without a warm coffee and the company of my loved ones, which usually leads into a morning walk with Ruby (my five-year-old puppy who is the size of a small horse but thinks she’s a wee pup), a stop off at the local bakery and the return trip home to read through the paper and indulge in a home-brewed coffee. It’s the simple things in life that I try to master.

How do you like to unwind?
I don’t think I ever truly unwind in this period of my working life. There’s too much to be done and worked on and you never know when and how an opportunity will present itself. If I want to tap out for a bit and let my mind take some time out I will probably escape to a movie. Unfortunately it’s hard to switch off in this day and age with the iPhone and emails never far from reach. I need to find an outlet and practise the art of relaxation much better.

What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
Good company, good conversation and an adventure to a faraway location containing beaches and peaceful surroundings.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
With the incredibly wet weather of late, it’s been difficult to get out amongst the beauty that is summer, and now, unfortunately, it has left us again for a while. I’ve been so focused on work and various creative projects of late that I need to dedicate and reinvigorate more time on the weekends to family and friends. Something I’ve been meaning to do is a work-free weekend with the opportunity to let my hair down.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
Sunday evenings are made for loving and unwinding. A delicious home-cooked meal and the warm company of my fiancee Terry (spelt like a man, but everything else very much like a woman).

What are you looking forward to next weekend?
Having more contributors to Indisposable Concept and sharing more awesome stories from the people of planet Earth (unless any aliens would like to contribute, we don’t want to alienate the aliens).

What are you reading at the moment?
The Thinking Hand by Juhani Pallasmaa.

What inspires you?
Good people, friends, family, travel, books, art, photography, music, movies, and anything that stimulates the mind, body and soul. Inspiration stems from the freedom to create your own destiny. Belief in one’s self, peace of mind and what you’re doing.

What was your childhood dream?
I always played with the idea of being an artist. When I was about eight or nine, I used to tape together pieces of A4 paper and draw landscapes of streetscapes, towns, neighbourhoods and houses. That’s one of my first memories of attempting my hand at art with a methodological approach. I wish I still had them now.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Not sweating the small stuff and finding the motivation to do the work I want to do, live the life I want to live and not sacrifice my time on earth by doing something I don’t choose to do. I lost my mum a few years ago and that experience altered my perception of existence and importance of time and space like nothing else I’ve faced. So to just be happy and part of something you love doing smells like success to me. Professionally, working on global campaigns and developing creative content with inspiring people has been a rewarding experience also, but developing Indisposable Concept has proven to be the most rewarding so far.

What is success to you?
I believe success comes in the form of happiness and through the art of doing. No matter what it is, just do, do something. Doing what most only procrastinate about and never really find the intestinal fortitude to finish. Not sitting in traffic for two to three hours a day is quite successful in my eyes too. I did that dance for years.

What are your words of wisdom?
Life is short; do what makes you happy. Say yes whenever possible, without hurting anyone. Create opportunity for yourself and believe in what you’re doing and who you are. Don’t tolerate positions of unhappiness. Be patient. Never trust a girl with a 1980s mean-girl name that ends in an ‘I’ (and trust her even less if the ‘I’ is dotted with a cute love heart).

There’s a quote by Anthony Hopkins that sits beside my computer screen in my office that reads: “It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.” I try to adopt this presence of mind to my own approach to life and the world around me.

Only a local would know … you never catch a cab at 3:00 am on a Sunday morning on Wickham Street. You walk around the corner to Brunswick Street and hail a cab and you’re in.

Perk up …
The forest.
Relax …  In bed or at the beach going for puppy walks.
Dine …  Anywhere with good surf and turf.
Indulge …  JB Hi Fi or Max Brenner for dessert.
Shop … Op shops – so many hidden treasures from days past.
Catch-up … Alfresco style in the backyard with good friends.
Be inspired … Anywhere I can see the sky.


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