A Snapshot of Two Cities #10

16:40, 21/9/2015, Nanjing, China

I feel like Isabel has perfectly captured a big part of what life is like in Nanjing. I can almost feel and hear the hustle and bustle of the street and the sounds of construction work. I like looking at the different types of people in the one photograph – the school kid, the young men, and the older lady on the pavement and then the workers up the top in their hard hats. The colours are also interesting – mostly washed out greys with the bright taxi yellow and the splash of red from the bank sign.

14.46, 20-9-2015, Tecoma, Mount Dandenong, Australia

14:46, 20/9/2015, Mount Dandenong, Australia

Mathew and I went for a walk through the Dandenong Ranges National Park on the weekend because the weather had finally decided to pick its socks up and play nice. We had a wonderful time wandering through the utterly beautiful forest. We even saw a lyrebird (!) but more of that in an upcoming blog post. What always always always strikes me whenever I go up to the hills is the sheer vastness of the trees that grow there. They are monsters – beautiful ones. Everything is so peaceful and still, except for the very tippy tops of the trees that rustle and sway in the breeze and make it sound like the ocean is right beside you. I got up close and personal with this particular tree to try and demonstrate just how enormous they are.

A Snapshot of Two Cities is a collaborative project between myself and Isabel from Nanjing Nian. We take a photo of something that catches our eye each week and post the photos on our blogs. We hope you enjoy looking at the differences and similarities between the two cities and cultures, and also just some pretty pictures. You can read more about it in the first posting.


Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.

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