A Snapshot of Two Cities #15

Sunrise in Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

6:21, 21/10/2015, Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

Ah, the serenity. How peaceful and quiet does Isabel’s shot look? The crowds of people, all rugged up and huddled together, reminds me of waking up early for the dawn service for ANZAC Day. I have to say I don’t usually go (my dad goes every year to the one in the city) but this year it was the 100th anniversary. Mum and I got bundled up and went to one of our local parks with a statue and waited. There were already groups of people there but by the time the service started, there was quite a lot more than I expected. There’s something special that happens when crowds of people come together with a singular cause in mind. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is – perhaps it’s just the collective community aspect of it? Being united in a goal, whether that’s paying respects to lost soldiers or waiting to view a breathtaking sunrise. When we do things together – and not just with people we know – I think it can bring out the best in us.

Brunswick Graffiti

8:47, 24/10/2015, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia

BAM. Look at that brightness. I am so so happy with this shot. And I actually grabbed it quite spontaneously! That often makes for the best photos, don’t you think? I love all the colours in this one, against the grey paint of the brick of the industrial building. I love the mother and son (I’m presuming) walking along and also how the boy’s shoes match the vividness of the graffiti. I took this in a backstreet of Brunswick after my (very successful) visit to the frankie and friends garage sale (there’s a haul post coming on that soon, don’t fret). I really like this type of graffiti (as opposed to just tagging someone’s home fence) and think the artist is incredibly talented to produce such beautiful and detailed work on such a large scale. I feel like graffiti would kinda be like the first time you write on a whiteboard and you wonder what the heck is going on with your handwriting and oh my goodness this is quite a lot harder than I anticipated how do teachers do this all the live long day.

There’s a nice contrast between Isabel’s photo and mine this week (as is often the case!), with Isabel’s being quite gentle and easing you into things and then mine…well, mine grabs you by the retinas and shoves colour in your face. You’re welcome.

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

    I really love your photo this week, Jacquie. It captures the essence of Brunswick I think, and that’s any photographer’s dream. Love the people, the light, the rainbow bird. Beautiful shot! x


    1. birdandfox

      Ta muchly, Isabel! How lovely of you. I feel cheery every time I look at it…yay for bright colours! ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  2. Carolyn

    Oh your Brunswick photo brings back memories of Marcus Westbury’s series in making. I love street art like this. Brings such joy to a streetscape. And I love the serenity in Isabel’s photo. Looking forward to finding out about your garage sale experience.


    1. birdandfox

      So good – I think Isabel has done a great job of capturing the quiet, peaceful feeling in the group.

      I had to look up Marcus Westbury as I hadn’t heard of him but his Not Quite Art series sounds really interesting!

      And I agree, I think street art like this brightens up otherwise pretty dull areas.

      ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks Carolyn! The post should be up in a week or two. Thanks for stopping past!


  3. Catherine Elizabeth

    Gorgeous and interesting photos, as usual!
    Isabel’s is beautiful and reminds me of a camping trip I went on in the Alpine National Park. We got up super early and hiked to the peak of Mount Speculation to see the sunrise – bliss!
    And you photo has so much pizazz! I definitely want to see a haul post from the frankie and friends garage sale. …also I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t write on a whiteboard, haha. That is a serious skill!


    1. birdandfox

      Oh how lovely! That sounds like such a nice thing to do, Catherine! Did you get some photos or just take it in with your eyes?

      Haha why thank you. It really is such a bright, happy little snap – I’m very pleased with it! Yay! The post should be up in a week or two ๐Ÿ˜€

      And YES. It is SO hard. I am glad it’s not just me! I have to seriously lower my perfectionistic standards whenever I wrote on a whiteboard and just think “Eh, it’s somewhat legible, it’ll do.”


  4. cathhallam

    Oh, I feel so much better about my lack of whiteboard skills now, haha.

    I did take some photos, but it was back in the day when disposable cameras were still a thing, so they’re not great photos, but I certainly took it in with my eyes too ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. birdandfox

      Haha I don’t know anyone who is actually really happy with the way they write on a whiteboard, which makes me feel better ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ahhhh man. Disposable cameras! How far we’ve come haha. I do love a good disposable camera still though. Glad to hear you took the scenery in with the eyeballs, too. It’s surprisingly easy to forget to do that, isn’t it? I remember being conscious of it in England. I was so excited and so desperate to capture every moment, every event, that I had to remind myself sometimes to just sit back and enjoy it.


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