Project 365 – 19th Sept 2010

Posted: September 19, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 231 – Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Whilst procrastinating about my college assignment today I went to the NSW Art Gallery for some inspiration and ended up thinking about what Sydney must’ve been like in the 1800s. I sat watching the people out for Sunday strolls at Mrs Macquarie’s Point and thought most things haven’t changed much at all. I’m sure the thoughts and conversations are about fundamentally similar things, love, life and death. And the world revolving around an iconic harbour.

People contemplate life…

and love…

and everything in between.

Moving…

and stopping to rest.

Of course technology has changed and it has changed our way of living so that we feel more different compared to our ancestors than we probably are. We drive modern boats and trains and buses and cars but essentially they are still only modes of transport just like horses and bikes. We use mobile phones but they are merely methods of communication like letters and gossip. We have digital cameras that record moments just like the important ones that are permanently imprinted in our brains.

But for some reason the biggest difference I thought was jogging. The vast majority of people occupying Mrs Macquarie’s Point today were joggers. There wasn’t very many pictures in the Art Gallery of people exercising in older times and for that reason I just can’t picture the folks of 1847 or similar years pounding the pavement to shed a few pounds in order to fit into a Victorian corset. Then again I could be wrong!

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