15:48, 12/10/2015, Artway, Nanjing, China
For this week’s installation of A Snapshot of Two Cities, Isabel took her photo while she was taking part in a film shoot. Yes, that’s right, a film shoot. Doesn’t Isabel’s life just seem so damn exotic and exciting?? The most dramatic thing that happened to me recently was getting my head stuck in a dress I was trying on in an op shop. Over on her blog, Isabel talks a little bit more about how these weird and wonderful opportunities crop up when overseas and what the shoot actually involved. I’m pretty lousy at acting, even the most basic things like walking and looking nonchalant. I end up practically doing the silly walk and looking incredibly conspicuous. I’m sure you were a natural though, Isabel! Did you have fun? I also really like the structure of this photo in terms of the people and their faces – two groups of two chatting away, setting things up, and one guy looking directly at the camera, with an inscrutable expression on his face. Is he bored? Impatient? Nervous?
10:10, 11/10/2015, Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville, Australia
This here is one of the wombats that live at Healesville Sanctuary, one of the three main zoos in Victoria, about an hour’s drive for Mathew and me. We toddled on over as a way to celebrate Mathew’s birthday, albeit a little belatedly, and had a great time. One of the first things we decided to check out was the wombats (they’re a personal favourite of mine). Not long after we found our way up to the enclosure, the keeper rattled a metal bowl and lo and behold, an adorable wombat came scurrying over. She hopped up onto the tree trunk and immediately starting chowing down on the chunk of sweet potato lying in front of her, completely oblivious to the crowd of people cooing over her and taking photos. While she chomped and chewed, the keeper chatted away about how much the wombat weighs (I think she said around 40-something kg??), what she likes to eat, the breeding pattern of wombats, and how they trained her to associate the sound of the metal bowl with food time. I adore wombats because they are so stumpy and rolly-polly, but I particularly liked this shot because of the morning sun streaming down on her back and her face of absolute bliss. What a cutie-patootie!
I’ve been having some very frustrating issues with my blog behind the scenes over the past week or so, hence why this A Snapshot of Two Cities post is coming to you a little late. I am pleased to say everything is pretty much back on track now! Hooray!
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.