Saturday, 17 November 2018

Jacaranda Days

It's Jacaranda season again in Sydney.
A carpet of purple blooms lies over the city, brightening our days and lifting our eyes skyward.
And it's turning into a trend.
The local Japanese population have turned jacaranda season into an instagram sensation and certain streets in Sydney have become inundated with tourists trying to get that purple selfie.
Luckily my suburb hasn't been discovered!






This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Super Natural Exhibition

Li Shan's silicon sculptures of human figures merged with the head and wings of dragonflies adorn the main space of the Super Natural exhibition at the White Rabbit Gallery. 
Titled 'Deviation 2017' Li Shan is commenting on the destructive nature of humans and exploring ideas about 'new and better life forms'.







Ocean of Cloth Wheels + Floating Islands, 2013-16 by Yang Wei-Lin are cotton cloth, indigo dye, ramie thread, paperclips and blank optical disks gracefully string around a white room.
It was my favourite installation in the exhibition.
The disks and threads moved gently with the air con creating a wave like motion that was peaceful and calming.










I'm often fascinated by the artistic intent behind seemingly simple, elegant pieces of art.
The bio accompanying He Sen's two oil paintings gave me lots of food for thought.
"He Sen transitioned to a painterly examination of Chinese history and culture. He sourced imagery from Chinese literary and artistic history, appropriating classical paintings by ink masters such as Li Shan, Ma Yuan, and Xu Wei. Reproducing elements of iconic Chinese works in oil paint rather than ink, and embedding western painting conventions into the iconography of ‘gong bi’realism and ink painting, He Sen turned from a focus on the impact of society on the individual to an examination of Chinese culture more broadly."
"He Sen began to question the distinctions between eastern and western aesthetics, and to consider ways to bridge these seemingly opposed visual languages. Aware that these works will be ‘read’ and interpreted differently by Chinese and western audiences, and conscious of the complex history of ‘guohua’ (literally, ‘national painting’ — and generally understood to refer to ink painting), He Sen considers the relationship between painting and cultural identity."
Lotus leaf + Flower 2013 and Lake Rockery 2012 by He Sen


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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Thursday Travels

Thursday Travels @Exploring the World is a new photographic meme that highlights your favourite and best holiday pics.

One at a time.

Some easy to follow rules:

  • Pick just ONE photo that shows something unique, unusual or quintessential about your travels.
  • You can label it, write a story or do a travelogue piece about your photo if you so desire.
  • These photos are about the place, the environment (man-made or natural), panoramas, macros - whatever captures your eye.
  • All photos must be your own.
  • NO selfies or family pics please.
We're all about the scenery at Thursday Travels!


Cherry blossoms in Hirosaki Park, Aomori, Japan

#ThursdayTravels

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday Travels

Thursday Travels @Exploring the World is a new photographic meme that highlights your favourite and best holiday pics.

One at a time.

Some easy to follow rules:

  • Pick just ONE photo that shows something unique, unusual or quintessential about your travels.
  • You can label it, write a story or do a travelogue piece about your photo if you so desire.
  • These photos are about the place, the environment (man-made or natural), panoramas, macros - whatever captures your eye.
  • All photos must be your own.
  • NO selfies or family pics please.
We're all about the scenery at Thursday Travels!


Atomic Dome, Hiroshima, Japan - in the spring time.

#ThursdayTravels

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Modern Art at the AGNSW

Spacemakers and Roomshakers exhibition.

Experience some of the most immersive and expansive artworks in the Gallery’s collection.

Employing light, sound, fabric, air, spices, these artworks also use the space of the gallery as a medium to be filled, tested, stretched, altered and above all energised. In the process, they enlist gallery-goers as collaborators, test subjects and ‘space explorers’ in distinctive sensory worlds.


You smell Ernesto Neto's 'Just like drops in time, nothing', 2002 before you see it.
Various spices (cinnamon, ginger, tumeric, cardamon just to name a few) surround the base of each drop.
I felt the urge to eat an Indian curry by the time I left this exhibition!




'Atomic: full of love, full of wonder' 2005, by Nike Savvas was a colourful, visual delight and great fun to photograph.
Unfortunately I'm unable to add one of the videos I took when fans blew on them every 10 mins or so to make them vibrate.






'Alien toy painting', 2011 by Yinka Shonibare was a fun galaxy of mini figures that lined the entrance to the exhibition.






This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.

A new travel photography meme called Thursday Travels can be found here.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thursday Travels

Thursday Travels @Exploring the World is a new photographic meme that highlights your favourite and best holiday pics.

One at a time.

Some easy to follow rules:

  • Pick just ONE photo that shows something unique, unusual or quintessential about your travels.
  • You can label it, write a story or do a travelogue piece about your photo if you so desire.
  • These photos are about the place, the environment (man-made or natural), panoramas, macros - whatever captures your eye.
  • All photos must be your own.
  • NO selfies or family pics please.
We're all about the scenery at Thursday Travels!


I love playing the panoramic option on my iphone.
This is a pic of Busselton Jetty in W.A.
First built in 1865, extensions were added over the next 100 years until it reached the whooping great length of 1.841 km. It was closed as a Port in 1972 and is now home to an underwater observatory, museum and shops.
The day were we there, was incredibly windy, but since no selfies are allowed, you will have to imagine a wind-swept Brona on the end of the jetty, bracing herself against the strength of the wind!

#ThursdayTravels

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Thursday Travels

Thursday Travels @Exploring the World is a new photographic meme that highlights your favourite and best holiday pics.

One at a time.

Some easy to follow rules:

  • Pick just ONE photo that shows something unique, unusual or quintessential about your travels.
  • You can label it, write a story or do a travelogue piece about your photo if you so desire.
  • These photos are about the place, the environment (man-made or natural), panoramas, macros - whatever captures your eye.
  • All photos must be your own.
  • NO selfies or family pics please.
We're all about the scenery at Thursday Travels!


Today I'm in the Blue Mountains of NSW
Govett's Leap is a lookout over the Grose Valley.
It's part of the Blue Mountains National Park and is open for bush walking.

#ThursdayTravels

Saturday, 29 September 2018

First Fleeters Memorial

Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park - First Fleeters Memorial

The First Fleeters Memorial was officially opened in 2016 to accommodate hundreds of pioneer graves moved several times already, into one home. The area has been a designated cemetery for the early settlers since 1888. 

The Park has also become home to a Stolen Generations Memorial, a military and police memorial and a memorial for Arthur Stace "Mr Eternity".
I hope to return with pics of these memorials one day soon...

But for now, I recently visited ESMP in the late afternoon & captured the setting sun on the early settlers tombstones in and around the First Fleeters Memorial.















This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.