A Snapshot of Two Cities #16

15:07, 2/11/2015, Nanjing, China

What I love about Isabel’s photo this week is how chilled out everyone is. It feels like it was a nice relaxed afternoon, slowly bringing the day to an end. Maybe people are walking around, not really in a hurry to get anywhere, just walking at their own pace, taking a little longer to appreciate the little things around them. The young mums are happy to sit there, feeding their kids, and the other woman is patiently pacing around with what looks like some dye in her hair. The golden rays of sun as it sinks lower and lower. What a lovely moment in time you’ve captured, Isabel, just lovely.

Roadside in Bendigo

18:24, 31/10/2015, just south of Bendigo, Australia

Mathew and I went to Axedale (roughly 20 minutes east of Bendigo, which is approximately two hours away from the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne) on the weekend for an engagement party. The day started out with thunderstorms and rain but cleared up to be a beauty. About one minute after I hopped in my car to pick up Mathew, I realised I’d forgotten Timmy (my camera. Yes. I named my camera). I was already running a tad late though so I figured I’d just use Elliot (Mathew’s camera. Yes. He named his camera). So this photo is the first one I’ve taken in the series without using Timmy (or my phone). Elliot is quite different to Timmy so I’m not sure I got the best photo I could have, simply because I’m not used to how Elliot works, but I still liked the shot. I think what I like most about it is the colours. The burnt caramel colour of the dry grass off to the side of the road, the dark brown of the gums, the patches of green leaves, the grey of the road. They are all so typical of the country, in my mind. I took the shot looking back from where we’d come, just over the crest of a small hill in the road. It was 6:30 in the evening but only just starting to get cool. We unfortunately didn’t have time to stop and properly walk around the town itself and take photos because we needed to get home for dinner (I get cranky when I’m hungry and food is nowhere in sight). I think we’ll have to take a weekend trip there sometime soon so we can actually get out and see things.

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. Carolyn

    I love that your cameras have names. I think your camera would be quite playful but Mathew’s would be a little more conservative. I think your scene is quintessentially Australian. Love the washed out colours and early evening light. And Isabel’s is is filled with ease and content.


    1. birdandfox

      Thanks Carolyn! Hehe I like your descriptions of our cameras – I’ll pass them on to Mathew! 😀 I think you’ve described both photos really well. They’ve both got sort of relaxed vibes to them, in my mind too. Thanks for your comment.


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