A Snapshot of Two Cities #13

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.


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.


  1. Isabel

    Jacquie! Very glad your blog is up and at em once more. I LOVE the rolly polly wombat in the morning sun. And also your joke about the most dramatic thing to happen lately was getting stuck in a dress. I do that all the time! In answer to your question, the shoot was fun (just to clarify though, it was not a film but like a promo video for a company…so not glamorous at all) and strange too. Especially fun to do finger painting in a white science lab coat and get paid for it. Can’t wait to go to Healseville Sanctuary on my return to Oz!


    1. birdandfox

      ME TOO. I felt so crappy and crabby when it wasn’t working – I was not a pleasant person to be around. So much happier now 😀

      Isn’t she just gorgeous? It was honestly one of the cutest things I’ve seen in my life. So glad I was able to get a photo of it. Also, glad to know I’m not the only one who gets stuck in dresses! I can get them on okay so why do they insist on being difficult when coming off??

      Oh, whoops! My bad. Still! Being asked to take part in a video for a company sounds pretty fancy pants to me 😛 I’m glad it was fun. Ah, I remember finger painting! Man, why did we stop doing that? Might have to pick that up again hehe.

      Definitely add Healesville to your list if it’s not already on there! I love going there. I signed up as a Zoos Victoria member while I was there. I’d been meaning to for a while and am very happy I finally did! I might do a post to show some more photos I took on the day. Thanks for your lovely comment, Isabel 🙂


  2. Carolyn

    How frightening is it when you get your head stuck in an item of clothing in a change room? There is that irrational fear that you are never going to be able to escape. The wombat looks so happy and relaxed in the sunshine!


    1. birdandfox

      Haha exactly, Carolyn! It’s quite stressful! And you don’t want to draw attention to your struggle so you just panic in silence. The wombat was the picture of bliss – she was really loving life right then. I would too if I was in her position! Thanks for your comment, Carolyn 🙂


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