I'd like to wish you all the best for the Silly Season. I am running away from home this Christmas to do what I love best. Travel and take photos. Going to Vietnam for a whirlwind 10 day trip... and I can't wait. These are a couple of photos from my last trip with my first DSLR the good old D70.
Enjoy these photos (clearly NOT taken by me) some of the happiest memories of my last trip to Vietnam. (you can tell how hot it was by how sweaty my hair looks... eek)
Thanks to the new 28-300mm and a performer who allowed photography of his performance, I was able to get some great memories of a great performance. Usually photography is not allowed inside the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Must be the gypsy in him!
My gorgeous baby girl Graduated from University yesterday. And there was me thinking she was going to be a permanent student. She actually finished two Degrees two years ago, after 5 years of study. And has been buried in post graduated studies for the last two years. She now is the proud owner of a Bachelor of Creative Writing (Distinction) and a Bachelor of English (Distinction).
OK... so my friend's daughter made this cheese... Yes, there are people out there who actually make cheese, at home. Homemade cheese... who would have thought. Well certainly not me. And it was fabulous cheese, all soft and gooey and delicious and tasting, well, like cheese. *sigh* Blessed are the cheesemakers... Truly!
"Istanbul's historic Haydarpasa train station has been severely damaged by a fire which engulfed the roof of the building.
The blaze broke out while restoration work was being carried out on the early 20th century structure on Sunday, officials confirmed.
Firefighters in fireboats battled the flames for several hours, using water cannons to extinguish the flames. There were no casualties in the incident, but the fire damaged 'most of the roof and the fourth floor according to Selami Ozturk, local mayor of the Kadikoy district.
The cause of the fire is now being investigated. Welding or an electrical short circuit is suspected.
Haydarpasa was built in 1908 on the Asian side of Istanbul, bisected by the Bosporus Strait, as part of German Empire’s ambitious Berlin-Baghdad railway project aimed at gaining control and influence in the region.
It is regarded as an architectural wonder, with flights of marble stairs leading to the ground floor from where passengers board trains from several tracks. The monument, covered by textured sandstone, sits on a foundation of hundreds of timber piles, hammered into the seabed.
Eyup Muhcu, head of Turkey’s Architects’ Chamber, said the building was considered to be a historic monument."
Daily Mail UK
The last time I saw this guy he was sitting rather majestically in the midst of the Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition on the beach at Tamarama, just south of Bondi (see image below). So I was surprised to see him 2 years later sitting on top of a shipping container outside a factory near my office. It makes the Sculptor's comments (below) even more poignant.
'on the beach'
Sculpture by Tim Kyle
Sculpture By the Sea 2008, Sydney
Artist's statement: My works is concerned with the mapping and recognition of the human condition. I use the figure as a metaphor for existence.
Tempe is an inner city suburb of Sydney... not far from where I work.
I was was asked to contribute to a community project called “Love Where you Live”... these are my submissions. The Exhibition opens at the Stella Inn Tempe on Saturday 30th October at 4pm...
735 Princes Highway Tempe. The brief was to take a photograph of a person, place or landscape in Tempe. The exhibition will be open until the end of December 2010.