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.
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.