15:20, 27/9/2015, Purple Gold Mountain, Nanjing, China
Well, this photo just makes me want to jump head first through my computer screen and join Isabel and her lovely friends. How delightful does that picnic look? Friends (shirtless and otherwise 😉 ), good food, interesting conversation, stunning weather…I cannot express how much I now want to lie back on a picnic blanket, close my eyes against the warm sun, and listen to the hum of chatter and laughter and bees buzz-buzz-buzzing around me. 10 points to Isabel for perfectly capturing the essence of a good time! I am definitely living vicariously through you right now! I love the way you’ve framed your shot, too.
18:11, 29/9/2015, Box Hill, Australia
My photo was taken in Box Hill, one of Melbourne’s Chinese hubs. Mathew and I went here for dinner earlier in the week. So many good restaurants! There’s almost TOO MUCH to choose from. Dumplings and wontons and pho, oh my! But aside from the food options, Box Hill is an interesting suburb. My parents grew up here and often comment on how different it is nowadays. The buildings are different (though I actually find the clash of older buildings, like that church in the middle of the shot, and more modern ones elsewhere, fascinating), it’s a lot busier and hectic with more traffic and noise, and there’s quite a lot of development going on in the general area; it’s almost like it’s becoming a mini city. Fun fact: my dentist is down the road on the left at those traffic lights. You’re welcome.
What I love MOST about this installment of A Snapshot of Two Cities is the fact that it looks like we’ve done the ol’ switcheroo! It looks like Isabel could be here in Melbourne and I over there in Nanjing. I really do love this little project and the completely unexpected patterns and differences that crop up in our photos. Virtual fist bump, Isabel!
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.