Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition

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I came  across this on the way to work this week and made a quick record with my phone. The contrast between the permanence and coldness of the bronze statue and the temporary but colourful balloons is a classic juxtaposition.

There was more to this though. While Adam Lindsay Gordon was a celebrated poet, his life story included a number of failures that he worked through and overcame. He managed to pack a lot of life into just 37 years, in some ways perhaps he was more like the balloons and yet he managed to leave a mark.

Another contrast.

There have been other things on my mind this week. A good friend lost her father to cancer a few days ago. Like Gordon, he managed to fit a lot into life, even travelling just a few weeks ago while seriously ill. Thinking about his spirit while reading Gordon’s poetry I came across this stanza from “The sick stockrider” that I want to share.

I’ve had my share of pastime, and I’ve done my share of toil,
And life is short—the longest life a span;
I care not now to tarry for the corn or for the oil,
Or for the wine that maketh glad the heart of man.
For good undone and gifts misspent and resolutions vain,
‘Tis somewhat late to trouble. This I know—
I should live the same life over, if I had to live again;
And the chances are I go where most men go.

 

For John, thank you for all the good times we shared and letting me be part of your life.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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So much for that break. Here is what I found  before I got locked back into study mode… Where there is no chocolate.

Sean Scheidt

Florian Sommet

An Le

Jaques Van Zyl

Listening to The Badloves and wondering what might have been if they were still around.

 

Where’s Wally?

Where’s Wally?

Looking back at my last post I must be on a red and white theme this week.

To provide some context, this image was made;

  • Out front of a Pub in Elizabeth Street Melbourne.
  • The time was around 10:30 to 11:00 AM on a Saturday Morning
  • Those were definitely not the first beers of the day.
  • There were closer to 50 Wallys (or Waldo’s for those readers in North America) with more inside.

I tried to find out more and they tried talking me into going inside for a few beers but it was way too early for me and I had other things planned. I was also concerned I may be indoctrinated into the cult of Wally. I may have confused them into thinking I was already one of them because I was wearing a red jacket.

My best guess is that since the Sydney Swans AFL team colours are red and white, these gents were celebrating the win that got the Swans into the Grand Final next week. I hoped they remained well-behaved although it would have been hilarious to see someone try to identify an individual in a police lineup…

Thanks guys, you made my day.

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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A little break between assessments means more time to catch up on posts and share some things.

If Douglas Kirkland is not a familiar name, some of his images of celebrities probably will be.

It would be nice to master more then one thing. Dancer turned photographer Kylli Sparre has done just that.

Frederic Lagrange has a mix of clientele and images

Listening to Rai Thistlethwayte AKA Sun Rai from Thirsty Merc who has a great voice and some pretty good keyboard skills. A great cover of a Proclaimers favourite.

Go around the back

Go around the back

I finally get to have a breather after an intense few weeks getting the latest paper ready for submission. A walk around Kyneton yesterday morning produced some images I’m pretty happy with. I took a different route through town and was rewarded. The peeling paint was found off the main street behind an old hall. The “building” theme for this month can be ticked off now.

I also took a different approach in that I packed light and limited myself to prime lenses a 40mm macro and my old 90mm macro. It got me moving rather than zooming, and my back was very grateful for the reprieve as I used an old Lowepro bumbag instead of a heavier backpack. That 90mm lens has been with me for 20 years. It gives me a good working distance for macro and doubles as a portrait lens. Unfortunately it needs replacing as the focusing has problems, so it is at the top of the wish list.

While I’m on the topic of upgrades, I mentioned some issues in a previous post that meant I have been looking at a new way to work with RAW files. I was going to upgrade to Lightroom 5 but I have too many reservations and so I am looking at alternatives, including Capture One Express which was used for these images. It does look and feel a lot like Lightroom but the range of presets and export options is limited. I’m not sure that is a bad thing and it had no problem with RAW images from my camera. Based on this and what happened with my lens selection yesterday I am starting to think less is more…

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Mentally I’m close to exhausted. I have a paper due Friday and it is almost there but I find the review and edit to be the most tedious part.

The shares for this week include;

An-My Lê  

Traer Scott 

Listening to some Georgian folk music. Great harmonies and simply timeless