A Snapshot of Two Cities #18

20:30, 12/11/2015, Nanjing, China

I love that you’ve gone out and taken some night shots, Isabel! And what a cool end product you’ve got out of it. I’m digging the bright pink sign and the reflections on the car windows and the road; it really draws your eye down into the photo. I particularly like how there’s a meeting of the pink and blue reflections that blends to make a little bit of purple on the road right in the foreground. The wet road really looks like a watercolour painting to me with the way the colours fade out and marry into one another…I guess it kind of is a watercolour in a way! The blue light is also a bit eerie, as is the silhouette of the cyclist who looks like they’re wearing a giant black cape! I think you’ve succeeded in taking the creepiest (in a good way) photo of A Snapshot of Two Cities, Isabel!

Farm dog & sheep

14:13, 14/11/2015, Chesterfield Farm, Scoresby, Melbourne, Australia

I went to an animal farm on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. I saw pigs, bunnies, goats, calves, chickens, and much more! In the afternoon, there was a sheepdog show scheduled. The farmer introduces the dog (Bridget the border collie) and then talks about how they are trained to attend to all sorts of different cues. The farmer uses whistles, spoken commands, and a lightweight rod to help Bridget maneuver the sheep. On that particular day, Bridget was a tad mischievous and didn’t obey the commands 100% of the time – the farmer would call for her to walk behind, she would start to walk behind and then get distracted or want to play and would slack off. She also ate some poo at one point which was in equal parts gross and amusing. She did end up getting the sheep all in the holding area and even showed us the trick where she hops up onto the backs of the sheep to climb over them and help spread them out, which was cool to watch. Working dogs are really awesome.


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

    Ash, the old poo eating! Our dogs do that too. Swear I saw one of them walking around with it in her mouth the other day. Slightly nauseating sight! I love the illuminated sign in Isabel’s photo against the darkness too. And the mysterious figure in the laneway. Who is she (I think it’s a she)? I think your scene is very ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ with a bit of the antipodes thrown in. Love the two huddled flicks of sheep. Very nice work, yet again!


    1. birdandfox

      Haha yeaaaah I love dogs but geez, that’s a tad gross. It did give everyone a good chuckle though.

      What a very fancy description of my photo, Carolyn! I love it! Thank you. And yes, isn’t the figure in Isabel’s so mysterious-looking?? Who is she and where is she going?


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