All Creatures Great and Small

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THAILAND-10033 Thailand

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all
-Cecil Frances, 1848

BURMA-10129 Burma/Myanmar

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant …
– John Donne

00131_04; Tibet; 2000; TIBET-10976 Tibet

India

BANGLADESH-10008 Bangladesh

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures;
none show more passionate tenderness to their
young when deprived of them; and, in short,
I am not ashamed to profess a deep
love for these quiet creatures.
-Thomas de Quincey

INDIA-10211 India

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

INDIA-10580 Rajasthan, India

PARAGUAY-10012NF Paraguay

 Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less…

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COLORS OF ETHIOPIA

If you’re ever short of photographic inspiration, then Steve McCurry is a good place to start ……………..

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Mark ‘Chopper’ Read – Australian Icon

Mark 'Chopper' Read

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read mural in Collingwood, Melbourne

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read is an Australian icon and underworld hero, in the mold of Ned Kelly. Neither were very nice men, neither were innocents hard done by justice but both have a place in the national psyche. “Never plead guilty” was one of his mottos, not that it did him much good, he spent only 13 months outside of prison between the ages of 20 and 38. He was the author of several books and was immortalised on celluloid by Eric Bana who played him in the 2000 film, ‘Chopper’.

Whilst walking around Collingwood, in inner city Melbourne looking for street art, I came across an alley way with a mural of the legendary crim.

Street Art mural of Chopper Read, Collingwood

Street Art mural of Chopper Read, Collingwood

Upon further inspection, I discovered that the whole ally was dedicated to the now deceased underworld enforcer. Not the sort of alley you’d want to be caught up on a dark, Melbourne night but a veritable Rouge’s Gallery with some impressive works. You can find the alley just off Perry St.

Street Art mural of Chopper Reed, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

Street Art mural of Chopper Read, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

My personal favourite is brimming with menace and brilliantly executed.

 

 

Street Art mural of Chopper Read, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

Street Art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australias

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Back Alley Gallery – Reasons To Be Cheerful Pt 2

Reasons To Be Cheerful ..... part 2?

Reasons To Be Cheerful ….. part 2?

I got a really good response to part one of my blog about Lismore’s Back Alley Gallery. There’s a lot of street art fans out there and as one memorable stencil I saw in Brisbane said, ‘Australians have been painting on walls for 30,000 years’. Indeed, drawing and painting on walls is the original art and these modern pieces should be revered for what they are: inspiring, entertaining pieces of self-expression.

Can you think of a better use for a blank wall?

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Here’s part 3 …………..

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‘Spray It, Don’t Say it’, Lismore’s ‘Back Alley Gallery’

You don’t have to visit Melbourne’s Hosier Lane to see world-class street art. If you live in the Northern Rivers of NSW then Lismore’s “Back Alley Gallery” has a wealth of talent on show. I’ve been a fan of street art for years but only discovered this gem on my doorstep late last year.

'Spray it, don't say it' - Lismore's 'Back Alley Gallery (B.A.G)

‘Spray it, don’t say it’ – Lismore’s ‘Back Alley Gallery (B.A.G)

 

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More to come later in the week. To see more of my collection visit my PhotoShelter site

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“Hello World” from Molly’s Grass Road

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Well – here goes. My inaugural posting on my first ever blog. So Mick, the kids and I have leapt into the unknown with the purchase of Molly’s Grass Road at Rous Mill, Far North Coast, NSW.

Our new, very old house needs a lot of love to be transformed into the beauty we imagine.

I hope this blog recounts the process – no doubt the tears and hopefully some of the triumphs. Our dilapidated 125 year old hardwood mill workers’ cottage sits on a plot of land that is just short of ¾ acre. We have inherited a massive mango tree and lots of citrus trees. I will make an inventory of what food trees we have on the blog in the near future …

image of mango tree Our mango tree – in the front yard

Perhaps a little cheesy, but I thought this song captures a dream I have had for…

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Perth (Pt 2)

It’s taken a while, but here’s the second and final instalment of my images of ‘Sculpture By The Sea at Cottesloe Beach in Perth

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Perth (Pt 1)

On a recent trip to Perth, I was lucky enough to catch the last day of “Sculpture by the Sea” on Cottesloe Beach. The light wasn’t great, but the sculpture certainly was.

More to come from this one ……..

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Summerland Serums Story for ‘Outback’ Magazine

I love it when you get a job right on your doorstep. Of course it’s unfortunate when the job comes up that you’re camping with the family in the neighbouring state with family and friends. Still, I really enjoyed shooting this story for ‘Outback Magazine’

Summerland Serums is a family-run business based just outside of Alstonville, NSW. The business makes tick serum from their pack of tick-resistant foxhound/bloodhound-cross dogs and anti venom from a herd of horses that have built up resistance to various snake venoms.

I was a bit itchy after this shoot ……

You can order a back copy or read a sample of the article, written by my friend, Amanda Burdon, on the Outback website: http://www.outbackmag.com.au/stories/article-view?1149

Summerland Serums - John Curtin, ticks are bought in jars of 100

Summerland Serums – John Curtin, ticks are bought in jars of 100

Summerland Serums - Ticks are grown on the inside of the dogs ears

Summerland Serums – Ticks are grown on the inside of the dogs ears

John Curtin of Summerland Serums at work in the lab

John Curtin of Summerland Serums at work in the lab

 

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Reflections on Portraiture

Always an inspiration …….

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