A Snapshot of Two Cities : A Summary

I’m gonna go ahead and try not to get emotional (or totes emosh, as I believe the kids say these days) but today’s post is a summary of everything A Snapshot of Two Cities. In case you weren’t aware, Isabel from Nanjing Nian and I posted a photo each week. Simple concept and it was really fascinating because Isabel has been in China for the last year or so and I’m here in Australia.

It all started when I got an email from a lovely lady named Isabel, who had been a regular commenter on my blog. She was always so lovely and cheery and when I saw that she liked the photos I took and wanted to run a collaborative project with me, I was so chuffed! What a huge compliment that was. After a few emails back and forth cementing the details of how it was going to work, we decided to post our photos every Wednesday with a time stamp and a little blurb about where it was taken. Some weeks there were some really surprising similarities, other weeks there were some interesting differences.

Here’s the wrap up…

Nanjing, China (and a bit of Japan) by Isabel:

Melbourne, Australia by Jacquie:

 

One thing I noticed when I was compiling these galleries was that there is a cross-over of the seasons smack bang in the middle of our photos, round about the time when we both took a photo at a picnic within a week of each other (weeks 11 & 12). You were leaving the summer behind and heading into autumn and I was saying goodbye to the chilly evenings and welcoming the warmer weather. Pretty cool timing, hey?

I have loved every single one of Isabel’s photos – I think she has a real knack for capturing the essence, or vibe, of a moment. You’ve definitely inspired me a great deal with your photography skillz, Isabel. I have absolutely adored seeing snapshots of China – and right from the comfort of my own home, too! With each of your photos I really feel like I’m being transported straight into Nanjing.

This project has honestly been one of the best things I’ve done – ever! I’ve had so much fun, scoping out a good shot each week. When I look back over the photos, I can see a huge improvement in the way I’ve taken photos. I feel like I’ve learnt how to frame a shot, what angles can be interesting, and also how to step out of my comfort zone a little and take more street photos with actual real-life people in them – all through getting out and taking a photo each week. I’ve realised how much I love photography and actually miss not grabbing a snap or two on a weekly basis. It felt very odd when we stopped last week!

I think I’ve said thank you about seventeen different times in our emails back and forth, Isabel, but I really can’t thank you enough. I was (and still am!) so flattered that you wanted to share your wonderful idea with me and I’ve learnt so much over the past five and a bit months. So thank you. I can’t WAIT to meet you and reminisce about all the fun we had creating this little pocket of memories together.

Jacquie

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6 comments

  1. Carolyn

    I have loved seeing all the lovely photos you and Isabel have shared. You have made me see the familiar through new eyes and Isabel has introduced me to the everyday life of China. Well done to you both on a great collaboration. Hope you find another way to share your photos x

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    1. birdandfox

      Thanks so much, Carolyn for such a sweet comment. I’ve absolutely adored seeing China through Isabel’s photos – she’s very talented, hey? I can’t thank you enough for your continual support – I always enjoyed reading your comments and they brightened my day x

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  2. Lauren V

    Ok, my first attempt to comment timed me out, so let’s try this again…

    *Lurker steps out of the shadows because she finally appears at a decent time to comment*

    Love the photo of Florence the Wombat, she’s adorable, as well as the Nara deer. Nanjing University made me think of Tokyo University (looks a little similar), so I got confused for a second.

    Question: Do you have a favourite photo out of your own, and/or a favourite of Isabel’s?

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    1. birdandfox

      Oh no! I hate it when comments don’t work! So sorry you had to write it twice, Lauren. Thanks for sticking with it and not giving up haha 🙂

      I love the animal photos too. I was so chuffed with the wombat photo and the deer in Nara is just so adorable. Have you studied at Tokyo University?

      Good question! I really like the two in the photo at the top of the post; I love the two people walking and the colours of the photo I took in Brunswick and the scene Isabel captured in Nanjing just seemed like such an everyday moment but her photo makes you want to know more. I also really like both of the photos we took for week 17 – the angled dumplings by Isabel just make me hungry every time and I was pretty happy with how my night shot turned out.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! x

      P.S. It’s always a decent time to comment 😀

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  3. Lauren V

    I wish I could study in Tokyo, that would be amazing! No, I know it because I was on a study trip in Japan a few years ago, one morning we walked through Tokyo University. It was December and really cold, but it was a relaxing time because we weren’t rushing around for once.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this project (I think we all did!), and I hope you and Isabel take many more awesome photos in the future!

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    1. birdandfox

      Oh cool! What an awesome study trip! I actually really seeing what other unis are like – the different buildings, the general set up of the uni, trying to find those coveted quiet study spots.

      Thanks very much, Lauren – so sweet of you. I’m sure we’ll find some way of sharing more photos in the future 😀

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