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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

29 Mar

Somewhere between Nicholson Street in Fitzroy, and Lygon Street in Carlton there is a street that is just a little bit different.

On this wide and leafy street, there is a series of houses that are making a quiet statement. If you drove down the street, or even cycled, you would probably miss it.

But one day when I was ambling my way home, and thankfully had my camera with me, these houses caught my eye.

It’s one of the things I love about Melbourne, there is a surprise around every corner.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

10 Feb

In general, there is only one real reason that I would take a ‘selfie’ and that is, to prove to my friends and family that I did actually go on holiday somewhere.

It’s usually one selfie per thousand landscape/architecture/graffiti shots. Without these rare pictures I’m accused of scanning postcards and downloading from travel websites. So it was slim pickings from which to choose for this weeks challenge.

This particular image was taken at Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. The reflected image is just a smidgeon of Lake Powell. A drop in the ocean so to speak.

Reflections of Lake Powell, Arizona

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

1 Feb

Hello 2014!

After an extended break, I’m back in wordpress land – and  am looking forward to being a bit more active in the digital space this year.

So what better way to start than with a fresh, weekly photo challenge? I love these challenges for the inspiration and also (goes without saying) the challenge.

This week, one object.

On the woodland floor

I stumbled across this mushroom on a walk through the woodlands on the Isle of Arran (UK) and thought it was just perfect.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

3 Nov

When I think of eerie places, the subject of this week’s photo challenge, I think immediately of Bokor Hill Station in Cambodia.

The station was developed by the French in the 1920’s as a luxury retreat, but  abandoned a mere twenty or so years later.

After being left  to the mercy of the elements for so long, the remains of the ‘resort’ were few and in serious disrepair when I made the long and slow journey up to the station. Adding to the eeriness was the thick fog that made  seeing more than a couple of metres in front of you quite difficult.

One of only a few buildings left recognisable, was the church that appears out of the fog below …

Bokor Hill Station, Cambodia

By all accounts, Bokor Hill Station is no longer the eerie ghost town it has been for most of its developed existence. The old casino has been cleaned up of all its lichen and moss. The vegetation covering broken tiles removed.

The station is once again being advertised as a luxury casino and hotel.  The road has been sealed and tolls placed on it. Visitors come in tourbuses. Make of that, what you will.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

27 Oct

Heading to the horizon

I love how in this photo – taken in Sihanoukville, Cambodia – the horizon is almost indistinguishable. The sky and the water blend perfectly into one.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

12 Aug

Last night, The Rev and I were watching the documentary Bill Cunningham New York.  While I admire the fact that for Bill it is all about the clothes and not the person (or celebrity as it may be), the thing that I was most amazed at, is that Bill still shoots on film.

Photos are taken on the go, while riding his bike around town, or by simply holding out/up the camera and snapping. There is no checking of light levels, pondering shutter speeds or taking an excessive number of shots in the hope that one turns out well.

The photos Bill takes are a true document of what he sees. He is clearly a master of determining the best orientation for the shot; the subject of this weeks photo challenge. I can only hope that one day I am as confident with a camera as Bill is, and that I’m still taking photos at his age.

In the meantime, I present my entry for this weeks challenge. Two photos of the Lusitania Memorial in Cobh, Ireland. And yes, those streaks you can see are rain. To say it was a miserable day,  may be a slight understatement.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

24 Jul

There may be questions about whether or not coconut water is a miracle drink or just the latest in a long line of hyped up ‘superfoods’, but there is no questioning that these coconuts are fresh.

The best coconuts in town

Taken in Kien Svay, Cambodia while visiting a (awesome) friend who moved to the country for a year.