Posts Tagged ‘Swans’

Day 223 – By the Sea

Something occurred to me today, I often try remember what my day was like while on the computer and with my memory I often get stuck. I try to check my diary but sometimes I’m hopeless at updating it, especially when I’m busy. I find that the only way I tend to remember is through photos. Like I was looking at the blank page on my diary today trying to remember day 223 or the 11th Sept 2010 and the only entry I had was ‘Raffles Open Day’. It wasn’t until I saw this photo that I remembered I had gone down to the Harbour after the open day to take photos for my assignment, which had made me late for a bbq party at ours to celebrate our cleaning of the back yard. Which I subsequently left to go see the Swans match at the Alexandria before getting a lift in a shopping trolley back again to play beer pong! After that it was a mad trip with the football girls up the road to the Zanzi bar. The only reason I have a vivid memory of the rest of the day? Because about 100 photos of the night made it onto Facebook!

I have to think though what kind of night was it really? It seemed fairly mad in the photos but they were just one person’s vision of the moments that needed recording. As it turned out, the mad moments. However I saw a video at the MCA recently that showed rather ordinary moments of someone’s life in their house. It rarely even showed the person whose life it was but I remember how beautiful the video was, how simple and how true. Anyway that has inspired me to record events in a different type of way, a way in which we can appreciate the ordinary in our lives. Mad behaviour can be fun to take photos of and look back at but constant reflection on it can give you a different memory from what actually occurred. I’m not altogether convinced that the beauty of moments always come from the hysteria and madness that we remember but sometimes from the quiet and calm that enables us to enjoy it.

Quote 1 of the day: “Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us” – Oscar Wilde

Quote 2 of the day: “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good” – Helen Keller

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Day 66 – Fenced In

I was cycling through Sydney Uni tonight on the way to AFL jersey preso when I saw this photo opportunity. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod or it would’ve been sharper but it’s definately one of the styles of photography I like, dark and moody! I’ll have to try getting the camera out around the night architecture more often before it gets much colder.

Anyway I’m not going to go off on a philosophical tangent as usual as I have to get a picture ready for class tomorrow, one that we like and can talk about. I’m thinking a Caravaggio or Rembrandt, both users of a technique called chiarascuro, which is basically strong contrasts between light and shade. On one hand it allows pictures and paintings to be more three dimensional and to have great mystery. On another hand it reminds me of the days before electricity and the modernitity of life. Oh, except I didn’t live in the days before electricity so I guess I’m thinking of days when the power failed and we all sat around imagining what the days without electricity were like! As I remember there was a certain peacefulness and stillness about the place thats so nice, but also so rare today.

I guess the only thing that comes close in a big city these days is Earth Hour, but I totally forgot about it this year and was watching the Swans match with lights and volume blaring. Oops sorry earth!

Anyway I better go pick a picture!

Quote of the day: “There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle” – Robert Alden

Day 55 – Into the Sunrise

Picture: Bronte-this morning-7.30am

As much as I hate getting up early, and subsequently being tired for the rest of the day as a result, there really is no better place to be at dawn in Sydney than on the beach. The hundreds of swimmers, joggers and dog-walkers that frequent Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama and Coogee have already wised up on this! I mean the couple in the picture going for an early morning dip appear to be heading into the sunrise. How often in movies do couples sail/or ride horses off into the sunset? Why not the sunrise, a time full of the hope and promise of the day? Not the end of one.

Anyway as much as it pains me I really am resolving to get up earlier over the next month and try make it a healthy habit. I’ll even start tomorrow! Along with about 600 other football, hurling and camogie players heading off on the 5.45am buses to Gosford for the annual pre-season tournament! Now that reminds me of something, oh ya I’ve got to get to bed!! 4.30am wake-up call, oh good god! At least I’ve the packed lunch made!

Quote of the day: “Many things–such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly–are done worst when we try hardest to do them.” – C. S. Lewis

Oh and hard luck to the Swans tonight, but the season has just begun!