Week 22: Celebrate

Alison

This week has been a scramble, lots of things to think about and feel and organise. On Thursday, the government (finally) decided that we’d one day have a legal celebration. People are throwing confetti (or forgetti, as my niece would say) all over the country. It’s a happy time, and we are grabbing onto big wins and little, and anything to celebrate.

Daniel

Celebrating a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Brisbane down by the river.

Debbie

How do you celebrate the 5th anniversary of your return, and arrival, to Australia? By jumping for joy of course, at Mannus Lake, complete with buzzing flies, bright sunshine and family.

Grant

Found in the garage fridge – can’t remember who gave us this or what for – but it fits the bill this week (both in the tag on the bottle and in the Australian Parliament).

Mel

Sometimes we celebrate winning and then other times we celebrate (like today) when games get cancelled. Thanks Mrs Weatherman you’re a gem but maybe chuck in some more snow and tone down the wind. Thank you please.

Sharon

A happy birthday cake for my sister Debbie who will celebrate her birthday this week.  (It was delicious Deb!!)

Tim

An early family Christmas as we will all be in different places on the actual day, so we spent our afternoon filled with joy, giving, laughter, light, and a particularly tenacious digger…

Next week…

Our week 23 theme is: Socks (it’s Grant’s choice!).

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Week 21: Play

Alison

Waiting for people to arrive to our Christmas Craft Beer + Pizza Bonanza (it was meant to be brewery bike ride tour, but Melbourne is supposedly awaiting a deluge), I stacked up these games for a quick photo, and left them there, ready for our pals. They’re playing Jenga right now. I should go and join in.

Daniel

Everyone was starting to head indoors just as I got to the park because of the approaching storm, thankfully one guy kept playing and I got a few shots of my own.

Debbie

Visiting Hobbiton was a surreal experience with lots of attention to detail such as these Hobbit clothes hanging on the line. I like to think they’re the play clothes of the Hobbit children who were all hiding on the day we visited. It’s playful details like this that make it a great attraction and immersed you into the location making you forget its a movie set (the fact that I managed to get a shot with no one in the background was also an amazing feat given the crowds there!).

Grant

This kookaburra spends a lot of the day surveying the backyard from many different vantage points, waiting for a snake to come out and play. I have also spent a fair amount of time over the years waiting for the rarely seen spectacle of a kookaburra picking up a snake, then dropping it from a great height so that it is stunned, before thrashing it about and making a meal of it.

Mel

We work hard, we play hard at Tower House.

Sharon

Word play…

Tim

Nobody wants to play any more…

Next week…

Our week 22 theme is: Celebrate (it’s Deb’s choice!).

Week 20: Photographer’s Choice #2

Alison

This girl, this sparkly little firecracker, born 9 weeks early and weighing less than 3 pounds, is finally FOUR YEARS OLD, she’ll tell you, holding up four fingers with dextrous precision, clearly practiced. PAW PATROL, she said, when I asked her what kind of cake she’d like.While she’s been becoming her, I have been becoming me too, in lots of ways. Four years is a long time; her whole life and my mid-late twenties. Yikes. I love her so much. We all do. Can you tell?…

Daniel

How could I have free choice and not choose the cutest pup around? This is Ziggy warily eyeing the camera, she better get used to it because she’s going to see plenty of it.

Debbie


Auckland at Night.

Grant

Important Hobbit matters on a sunny morning in downtown Hobbiton.

Mel

Stylish Saturdays.

Sharon

This week I had an idea for my shot, but no idea how to execute it – until, that is, the photo shoot today when I got to work with Chase (dancer, model, actor). I saw an opportunity and he was more than willing to help me out.

Tim

Photographer’s choice for me is about showing something of what I’m doing in this creative medium; how I’m progressing, what I’m learning, and where I might be going. So this is perhaps a slightly risky choice, but it’s the right one I think. You see, I’ve started photographing people recently. It’s something I always wanted to do, but my natural shyness and reservedness makes it tricky. But I’m getting over that discomfort. And through that process, I’m learning new things about photography, and I guess about myself too. And it’s been a while since I’ve felt so excited about where this camera-related journey might go, and what challenges might still lie ahead. So for now, I’m reaching, stretching, learning…

Next week…

Our week 21 theme is: Play.

Week 19: 6:06

Alison

6:06, a minute (or two weeks) late…

Daniel

Just trying to grab back some of the weekend.

Debbie


Watching a storm roll in over Lake Taupo with just enough time to spell out 6:06 in pumice stones from the thousands lying all over the beach. A fitting reminder that this area is the result of volcanic activity many years ago. The storm was amazing when it eventually hit us a short while later.

Grant

This picked itself. (West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier NZ)

Mel

When morning has not yet broken in Westacre Close.

Sharon

Launceston, Tasmania, 6:06am.

Tim

A lazy Sunday afternoon. 27 degrees. Maybe everyone decided to stay home, in air-conditioned comfort. Maybe I was the only one who needed a walk after a five-hour drive. Maybe there was something going on the city, and everyone knew about it except for me. Maybe it was this confluence of factors that led me to the top of Glenferrie Road, with a nearly-clear view, right on 6:06. Maybe we’ll never know…

Next week…

Our week 20 theme is: Photographer’s Choice #2.

Week 18: Letters in the environment

Alison

Fading fast…

Daniel

Maybe I should have read that second one up before this 52 week project!

Debbie


The world needs more Peace, Love and Empathy – great words made up of letters I found while travelling out in the big wide world (in New Zealand to be exact). Peace and love from me to you.

Grant

Sometimes the use of letters is very important! (Waihi Railway Station.)

Mel

Sadly no letters jumped out to me this week except for this oooooooooh so beautiful red neon O in London town.

Sharon

My eyes roamed the streets, buildings, roads, gates, rolled up magazines in letter boxes, door handles, signs, labels … but I wasn’t feeling any of it. I saw Os and Ss and Ds, but nothing took my fancy. We trundled along to the Pop Up Globe to see Othello on Saturday afternoon … and there, on the side of the building, was a G. I had my letter in the environment!

Tim

For once, ‘O’ marks the spot…

Next week…

Our week 19 theme is: 6:06.

Week 17: Geometry

Alison

Beneath “The Dish” in Carnarvon WA.

Daniel

I chose the bike wheel as it’s a snapshot of a point in time, a preview into my day, my week, the last 12 weeks really. I guess the same could be said of all photos. They’re a glimpse into a particular time, a place, a feeling.

Debbie


Curves, lines, shapes and angles – this photo with its bright and colourful shapes, sits well with me, whether it’s actually geometry or not!

Grant

Natural geometry at its best. Sleek and stylish.

Mel

All the shapes, all the lines.

Sharon

According to Wikipedia (that source of all knowledge) geometry is ‘a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space’. Doesn’t help me understand what it means, so I looked further afield – and found a slice of kiwifruit that had points and lines and shape and size and dimensions. Maybe this fruit geometry is the same as mathematical geometry. Perhaps I should ask Grant – but then he’d tell me and I’m sure I’d nod off … and that might be rude. I think I’ll just stick with the kiwifruit.

Tim

What came first – the patterns, or our capacity to see, understand, and interpret them?

Next week…

Our week 18 theme is: Letters in the world around us…

Week 16: Blue

Alison

Sand dunes, Lancelin, WA.

Daniel

Sometimes the things you go out searching for are there waiting for you as soon as you walk in the door. Not that I’ve ever gone out seeking old Vogue editions; well, not recently.

Debbie


Not one, but two BLUE trucks, spotted crossing the Gateway Bridge from the sky above Brisbane. Inspiration can be found in the most unusual places!

Grant

Morning tea time.

Mel

In a sea of extinct video cassettes the blue label of Titanic shone out like a beacon, taking me back to being 16 with a huge crush on Leo. It’s really kinda sad that not only did Jack die but so did the humble VCR.

Sharon

A lack of inspiration at the start of the week, and then a confluence of elements in my favour: an old spoon from a second hand store that Aunty Jan had polished for me, palings off the fallen down fence between our place and the vacant block next door, a cloudy day (the clouds making a great diffuser) … and blueberries!

Tim

Sometimes it’s all about finding the right contrasts…

Next week…

Our week 17 theme is: Geometry…