Week 38: A tabletop object

Daniel

10 points to anyone who knows whose car this is.

Debbie

Love having Melanie pop over for a chat, even if she does sit on top of the table.

Grant

Every table needs a nice shiny bauble.

Melanie

Not the photo I had initially planned to use, but when you randomly come across a vintage tabletop sale and there are that many flat caps with a bright yellow motoring of Britain map, you just have to take a photo.

Sharon

I had no ideas. Days went by. Still nothing. Then, an egg. It’s an object, I thought. I looked around the kitchen for an egg cup, saw the vase, saw that the egg fitted into it, took it to the tabletop. Voila. As simple an image as you’re likely to find…

Tim

Yes, you’re absolutely correct; last week was fruit and vegetables. But these tomatoes were just so photogenic, and they fitted so well in the bowl on top of the table, that, well, here we are again…

Next week…

Our week 39 theme is: Self-portrait #4…

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Week 37: Fruit and vegetables

Daniel

Unfortunately I haven’t been getting my daily dose of the 5 and 2 this week and veggies have been scarce around the house. I was hoping to visit the market and get a nice shot of all the fresh bright produce but that didn’t eventuate, so with time running out today as I’m out in the garden I look up and see this lovely bunch of bananas. Not just a good source of potassium, they saved me a last minute trip to Woolies.

Debbie

A Russian riddle – She came from the east in a beautiful red dress and when she undressed they all cried. Can you guess what I am?

Grant

Anyone for a peach?
Yes thanks, said Mr Parrot, but I’ll only have a bit from each one and you can have the rest.
PS. they are very tasty.

Melanie

These aren’t just any old Kiwis; they are M&S Kiwis.

Sharon

A colour palette of fruit and veg. And then there’s a slice of orange, just to mix it up a little.

Tim

Perception is not reality…

Next week…

Our week 38 theme is: A table-top object…

Week 36: In the mirror

Daniel

Friday night reflections.

Debbie

While cycling in Vincentia on the weekend I kept seeing great sights in my bike’s mirror – the beach, the bush track, the sky, others out on the walking track, dogs being walked -and then this little beauty! A Naval ship floating in Jervis Bay – how appropriate! I positioned my bike so I could capture the ship fully and there you have it – a ship in the mirror.

Grant

In the mirror? For the mirrors on this old beast I would imagine there are thousands of memories, many of which would be spine tingling.

Melanie

Mirror mirror in the snow, when will you go away so I can grow.

Sharon

A shoot through the week with the beautiful Anne Duffy gave me the perfect opportunity to see something different in the mirror.

Tim

When an emergency hair repair is needed on a 38-degree Melbourne afternoon, any shiny surface will do…

Next week…

Our week 37 theme is: Fruit and veg…

Week 35: A chair

Daniel

I’m not sure how old these chairs are but they’ve been passed down through the family for years. They are the comfiest chairs in our house and as sturdy as the day I got them. They’ve seen three or four coverings that I can remember and I hope they see many more.

Debbie

Meet Bruce and Colleen and their grandson Mitch. They’ve just been for a Kokoda training walk in the forest at the back of our place and it’s now well after 7pm on an evening in March. This is Bruce’s Yamaha 1100 motorbike and sidecar – did you know that a sidecar is also called a chair? You learn something new everyday. The sidecar is a useful addition to the bike and Colleen assured me it’s very comfortable. I like the fact that she gets to sit in the chair, something a bit like a queen on her throne. One day I might be tempted to go for a ride! I knelt down on the crunchy dry grass and took this photo so that I was at eye level with the sidecar as I wanted it to be my main focus. The dryness of the paddock behind them and the evening light, were just a bonus. Capturing the deep black of the chair was a bit challenging but I think Colleen’s bright coloured top helps to highlight it. Colleen isn’t always keen to have her photo taken but she looks quite chuffed sitting in her chair posing for me here, whereas Mitch is very happy in his position on the bike behind his grandfather. Bruce is just Bruce! So that’s the story of the ‘chair’ for this week. It’s not a conventional chair but that’s what makes it so special. A family sharing fun times together and a very special chair!

Grant

A spur of the moment shot – looking around the garage after disposing of a few things at last weekend’s free cleanup, and what’s that stuff in the corner there, oh the old doll’s house furniture – a CHAIR!; that will have to do. Maybe I might need to give it (and the other pieces) a bit of a clean; you never know, they may be useful one day soon.

Melanie

Rocking chair, muddy boots, outdoor coat, dog walking kit and lurking out of shot a not-so-obedient dog who wouldn’t stay still. I couldn’t be any more country if I tried.

Sharon

The years of use have taken their toll: the back and arms worn by many backs and arms. The stories this chair could tell!

Tim

The literal translation of chaise longue is “long chair”; this particular example was having a lovely morning soaking up the sun in the Great Hall, at the artists’ colony at Montsalvat…

Next week…

Our week 36 theme is: In the mirror…

Week 34: At night

Daniel

On cloudless nights the moon dances an ancient dance with the ocean.

Debbie

The bright lights of a Tumbarumba backyard at night.

Grant

At night we recharge our batteries so we can go and explore the world, as the sun comes up, and tell the world about it.

Melanie

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And then at night the snow fell.

Sharon

A beach. A sparkler in a jar. At night.

I’m keen to keep pushing the boundaries of my creativity and technical competence through this 52 Week project. I tried this the night before, but it was windy and the sparklers wouldn’t light. I also didn’t have jars, and I’d thought about lighting more than one … so I’m pleased the first attempt didn’t work because it allowed me to think through my idea more carefully. It’s one of the things I really like about this challenge – it forces me to try things I otherwise wouldn’t, and through that I develop in a range of ways.

Tim

Ocean time slows at night; waves roll in a gentle lullaby, and the stars swirl and fall, gradually, gracefully…

Next week…

Our week 35 theme is: A chair…

Week 33: A detail

Daniel

A chilly Tasmanian morning in the dying days of summer.

Debbie

A favourite detail of Tumbafest every year is the Duck Race. This little red duck stood out as an extra special detail for me.

Grant

A detailed hillside topped by an intriguing sky.

Melanie

These stalactites on the railings due to baltic conditions in the U.K. would have been great for my water shot last week, but that’s a minor detail.

Sharon

A happy accident this week. I was trying for a completely different shot and it just wasn’t working for me, even though I tried a range of things, including stuffing books inside to give it some shape. In the end I removed the thing I was trying to get a shot of, and only the books remained. Aha! There’s a detail, I thought, on the spine of those books! And thus my shot was created.

Tim

Here’s a detail for you that I discovered when taking this shot: the ‘eyes’ of a lotus pod follow your gaze as you move around the room…

Next week…

Our week 34 theme is: At night…

Week 32: Water

Daniel

Water and light.

Debbie

A bluebottle is a pretty little sea creature with a painful sting in its tail (or tentacles). Bluebottles are fascinating creatures and despite appearing to be single animals they’re actually colonial organisms known as siphonophores. This was one of many found in the water, and washed up on the beach, on the NSW South Coast. One of them left its mark on a Finnish Exchange student’s ankle while she was learning to surf. Did you know a group of bluebottles is called an ‘armada’?

Grant

Water – a very distant memory.

Melanie

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away – Sarah Kay.

Sharon

I was thrilled to see the theme for this week as I’d had an idea I’ve been wanting to try for ages, and this was the perfect excuse to give it a go. Take a glass bowl, lift it off the ground somehow and fill it with water. Add a few drops of olive oil, some dishwashing liquid, slide a piece of orange cardboard underneath, add a light … and hey presto! This one’s safe to try at home.

Tim

After four and a bit years of living in Victoria, we finally found a place near the water that feels like home…

Next week…

Our week 33 theme is: A detail…