27/8/2015, 18:12, Kyoto, Japan
Ah sunsets. Is there anything more glorious? Perhaps being able to see a sunset in Kyoto from my chair via the interwebs! I love the golden rays on the pavement in the foreground, the stripes of the crossing, and the bike in front of the tree. Hope you had a fantastic time in Japan, Isabel!
12:34, 30/8/2015, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
I went to the NGV over the weekend for a meet up with one of my all-time favourite groups of people – the Blog With Pip gang! (There’s a blog post in the pipeline, don’t you worry). I took quite a few shots that day but, for some reason, wasn’t really feeling it when I looked back over them. I had hoped I’d take a stunning cityscape photo or something for ASTC but no. This was one of the photos that just made me smile when I looked at it. In the gallery foyer, a network of cymbal mobiles had been set up (there’s always something cool in the foyer). I think what I like most about this installation is that it really showed how timid people can be around art – particularly art that has been specifically designed to be interactive. While we walked around the gallery, we would occasionally hear someone tentatively hit a cymbal, and I noticed it seemed to be mostly children that were willing to walk up and have a bash. On the whole, people seemed to enjoy staying in the role of a spectator rather than being a player – myself included! I love the idea of art being used to try and break down social norms. Cool stuff.
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.