Monday, April 19, 2021

Laundry

Putting out the laundry at the World heritage listed 'Cascade Female Factory' in Hobart Tasmania. Pictured is the washing line and two steel cradles.




Laneway cafes

Back in 2018 I was on the way to work and snapped this image in one of Melbourne's many lanes lined with cafes.  This is the city of Melbourne's beating heart.  Part of my cinematic series.  Apologies that I haven't been posting for the last week.  I have a new job and it has taken a lot of my time.



Monday, April 12, 2021

Footprints

Yesterday Penny and I visited Rochester in country Victoria for a memorial service.  It was to remember Penny's brother Geoff, who passed away during the first lock down that we had here last year.  Because of this all who knew him were forced to grieve without others to help them through the process. 

The Geoff that I knew was an alcoholic, constantly in and out of rehabilitation and the footprints that I knew of him was the pile of discarded openers from beer cans on the chair near where he used to love to sit.

What I learnt at the memorial was that Geoff, was a teacher, poet, writer, musician and inspiration to many students that were in his care.  Nothing at all like I imagined.  The family buried his ashes in the roots of the apricot tree that he loved to sit under on warm summer evenings.  The real footprints he leaves behind are his children and the people that they have become.

In recent years I have been to a couple of funerals of significant friends and I must say that I much prefer this memorial service way of celebrating the life of those that are departed.  One year is enough time for people to remember the positive things about the person and the footprints that they leave behind

Vale Geoff,  sorry I did not take the time to get to know you better

Footprints echoes of a life well lived

Geoff's daughter Rebecca in a reflective moment under the Apricot tree
where his ashes now reside



Stuffed toys in his children's bedroom.  Untouched since they left home more than 15 years ago


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Book ends

This image was created for a scavenger hunt back in 2018.  I had the idea to create an image in context with the word "Ends" that contains all the other words.  I completed the task in PhotoShop and include the original unedited photo for comparison.  It turns out it is quite difficult to replace text on the spine of a book and make it appear like it was always there.




Friday, April 9, 2021

Invisible man

During lock down last year Penny and I snuck out to a local park to shoot the word shoes for the scavenger hunt.  The image is a composite of two images.  The idea was to have only the shoes and newspaper in the image.  I have included the original images





Thursday, April 8, 2021

The front approaches

Back in 2017 we had a massive cold front followed by heavy storm.  This was taken from the roof of my house



Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Monday, April 5, 2021

Oblivious

In 2018 I was practising my cinematic street photography.  I have three separate images of this girl and she is holding the same pose in all of them.  I took this while waiting for the lights to change.



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Boomerang

Back in 2015 I was participating in a scavenger hunt and the word I was looking for was 'Curved'.  I decided that I wanted to do something with an Australian flavour.  One of the many ideas that I brainstormed was boomerang.  This got me thinking...  Where do you go to find a boomerang.  A quick Google search later and I had the answer in Rob Croll...  Former world boomerang throwing champion and current president of the Boomerang Association of Australia https://www.boomerang.org.au/.   It turns out that Rob lives in the next suburb to me. So I gave him a call telling him what I wanted to do and he was very happy to help.

Here he is demonstrating the type of wood that he uses to make a strong boomerang

To cut a long story short, I asked Rob if he had a favourite boomerang and he bought out this beauty... 


The boomerang above was given to Paul McCartney when the Beatles visited Melbourne in 1964.  They had them on the portico of the Melbourne Town Hall and he threw his into the crowd (The only one thrown into the crowd).  Here is a photo essay from the local paper on the visit (Herald Sun Beatles Photo Essay)  They have a photo here of John Lennon holding another with similar artwork.  It was quite a turbulent time here in Australia.  I was only three at the time so do not remember a lot.

Anyway this is the image that I created.  I basically overlayed the image on a background that I took in the local park and added a little spin to make it look like the viewer was moving with the boomerang







Friday, April 2, 2021

Connewarre

Or black swan in the local indigenous language.  Connewarre is a small town near Barwon Heads in Victoria.  Lake Connewarre which is at the mouth of the Barwon river has many there.  Yjos was taken at Jells park here in Melbourne.  I have never seen one there.  This time there where babies as well.



Thursday, April 1, 2021

Change

Back in 2015 it was about the change in the seasons.  This was from a tree in our front yard.  In recent years it hasn't changed colour until much later in the season. I will post a picture of what it looks like today after the sun comes up.



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Window bears

This time last year there was a thing around Melbourne where you put a bear in a window so that passing children can have something to look for on their one hour of lockdown exercise.  This was from my WFH office.



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cash is king

Early this year I decided that I would not spend any $5 note that I received.  Here we are coming up to the end of March and the tally is just over $600.  We are going to have a good holiday at the end of the year :)



Sunday, March 28, 2021

Indigo shire

Beechworth in Indigo shire is one of our favourite places for a weekend away



Wisteria

Wisteria at Montsalvat artists colony here in Melbourne



Tug of war

This photo was one of a series that I took for the theme "Hang in there" on this day in 2015.  I didn't use this image and the selective colour treatment was done today.



Saturday, March 27, 2021

The birds

It is easy to get pictures of gulls.  Simply have hot chips at the beach and wait.



What's up doc

It seems that back in 2018 I was impersonating a rabbit with pink fluffy ears



Friday, March 26, 2021

Rainbow lemon

Back when I was getting to grips with Photoshop I created this.



Rural scene

Back in 2017 we were visiting Benalla.  This was somewhere near Goorambat



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Eggs

Back in 2016 it was all about eggs.  There is an unhappy one in the bunch...  Probably aware he is about to become breakfast.




Sunday, March 21, 2021

Bedroom rockstar

He certainly has the look.  This was taken as a publicity still for a movie that I worked on back in 2017.  Pictured is Guillym Davenport (actor) noodling on a Rickenbacker that was used as a prop



10/10/100

 The challenge.  10 photos, in 10 minutes, within 100 metres.  Here is what I came up with.












Handmade

Degraves street Melbourne, late last year.



Ladybug

Back in 2015 I was looking for a ladybird for the scavenger hunt and found a lady bug instead.  This was really good Photoshop practice.  I have included the original VW image along with where I sourced the ladybug logo.  As a bonus I found a blue bird as well.












Saturday, March 20, 2021

Shadows from the past

Light streaming through the windows of the fumigation room at Point Nepean immigration museum.  This is how they used to do quarantine.  They fumigated their luggage and forced them to stay in a semi remote location until they were deemed safe to enter the country.  It seems much more sensible than filing incoming travellers in hotels in the centre of major population centres.  The surroundings are not unpleasant.






Patterns

Back in 2016 we visited Ikea to find interesting patterns to use for backgrounds.  This was not used at the time looking at it this morning it translates quite well to monochrome




Friday, March 19, 2021

Next 240 km

Outback Australia sometimes it is a long time between drinks.  This is the Silver City highway heading towards Broken Hill.