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Belinda Seeney The real stars of Instagram do not even have the opposable thumbs needed to crop, filter and post, but they still have thousands more followers than I do Instagram can be a pretty depressing place. I admit I spend far too long scrolling through this technicolour homage to vibrant breakfast bowls, sunsets and holiday happy snaps. It’s not the Insta models and paid influencers who get me down, nor the travel envy, breakfast envy or wardrobe envy that fouls my mood. I can even handle the impossibly toned and tanned #fitspo posers in their designer activewear, verdant green smoothies and ridiculously bendy yoga poses. What really turns me blue are the dogs of Instagram. The warm and fuzzies I get from gazing upon their wet little noses, their sleek and shiny coats, their sloppy smiles and their puppy dog eyes soon turn to despair. I treat my Instagram account like an online gallery, meticulously selecting the best image then subtly fiddling with

filters to accentuate its best features. I think long and hard about what to write in the caption, then curate and finesse the accompanying emojis and hashtags. All for what – 100-odd likes and a handful of comments? All a dog needs to do is stare balefully down the lens with a guilty expression or misbehave in a 15-second video clip and suddenly they’re a social media sensation. These real stars of Instagram do not even have the opposable thumbs needed to crop, filter and post, but they still have thousands more followers than I do. I recently checked my own – strictly offline – hound into the local “pet resort” for a few days. The pretty little pooch before us seemed to be taking an inordinate amount of time to process, so while we waited impatiently, I whiled away

the time doing what I do best – eavesdropping. It seems the other pup was a regular guest and came with a wicker basket of accoutrements: his own blanket, favourite toys and special home-cooked food. He also came with several pages of instructions – including his Instagram handle, login details and a list of approved hashtags so the owners could watch their fur baby living his best resort life while they were away. Briefly tempted, I reached for my phone and started opening a new Instagram account before shifting my gaze to my canine companion, who at that moment was snarling and snapping at the shadow of an errant palm frond. I surreptitiously returned the phone, deciding it wise to spare him the mockery of an #Instafail and me the misery of managing social media for a pet more popular than me.

A Disco Spaceship Explores Celebrity Brisbane’s pioneering antique and homewares centre, Empire Revival has collaborated with young artists @MCRT.Studio to curate a cosmic exhibition entitled Through the Stars. The exhibition, staged at White Canvas, Newstead, will include a 33-piece portraiture collection complimented by furniture and accessories sourced by the merchants of Empire Revival. Through the Stars aims to celebrate life’s authentic relationships by visually portraying the fault in our perceptions of digital relationships with celebrity figures. The artists have adopted faux-bois and trompe-l’oeil techniques of the old masters while implementing impressions from the post-war British Figurativism movement to create their pieces. @MCRT. Studio works with oil and enamel paints, gold and silver leaf, as well as photography and glass sculptures to create a powerful effect. The furniture and accessories are largely from the 60s and 70s and aim to create a disco spaceship vibe. The exhibition runs from July 27 to August 8 2018 and is open between 9am and 6pm daily at White Canvas, 6 Byres St, Newstead. Private viewing is available on request. All artworks, furniture and accessories will be for sale.

Empire Revival (previously Paddington Antique Centre)

Our mission is to embrace retail theatre to create memorable stories with lasting impressions. Our building continues to be a distinctive destination for our customers.

Antiques Homeware Jewellery

Come and see us to shop but also to experience something you can’t get online.

Over 1000sqm of retail space @ 167 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington • Call 3369 8088 • Visit us at www.empirerevival.com.au Follow us on Facebook and Instagram • Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm - Sunday 10am-4pm 08 BRISBANE NEWS August 1-7, 2018

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Brisbane News Magazine Aug 1 - 7, 2018. ISSUE 1188  

Brisbane's premier weekly lifestyle mag, featuring the people, events, food, and properties that make our city beautiful. brisbanenews.com.a...

Brisbane News Magazine Aug 1 - 7, 2018. ISSUE 1188  

Brisbane's premier weekly lifestyle mag, featuring the people, events, food, and properties that make our city beautiful. brisbanenews.com.a...