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Six Word Saturday: exercising my right to vote today

20 Sep
In  September 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote.  One hundred and twenty one years on, I'm off to the polling booth. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

In September 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. One hundred and twenty one years on, I’m off to the polling booth. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: pretty in pink

16 Sep
Our manuka (tea) trees are in blossom. Love the bursts of pink amidst the greenery. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Our manuka (tea) trees are in blossom. Love the bursts of pink amidst the greenery. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

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Playing with line and shadow

16 Sep
Could it be more black and white? This sign at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand repeats the words of a World War I recruiting poster.

Could it be more black and white? This sign at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand repeats the words of a World War I recruiting poster. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, colour-edited with Pixlr Express.

Amongst the visual arts, sculpture is one of my favourites. I also love the interface between two and three dimensional art. The piece above sits high above an exhibition space at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington. The words are from a World War I recruiting poster. At the time, New Zealand was a British Dominion and was swift to follow Britain in declaring war on Germany and its allies. Almost ten percent of New Zealand’s population served in that war, and this tiny country of around one million souls suffered a casualty rate of 58 percent – amongst the highest of any nation in the conflict.

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Coiled wire sculpture fixed to a white wall. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, colour-edited with Pixlr Express.

With some embarrassment I admit that when I took these shots, I didn’t note down the name of the artist, or the work – something I feel quite bad about as I know how important it is to acknowledge the creativity of artists.

I loved these two pieces; elaborate coils of wire attached to a white wall. As the light changed throughout the day, visitors experienced different patterns – and indeed different sculptures.

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Coiled wire sculpture fixed to a white wall. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, colour-edited with Pixlr Express.

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Kerrie Poliness, ‘Black O’. Installation at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, colour-edited with Pixlr Express.

Kerrie Poliness is a Melbourne-based artist. This installation at the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ consists of lines drawn directly onto the walls with black marker pen – creating the illusion of three-dimensionality.

This week at Lens and Pens by Sally, the challenge theme is black and white. You can join in here.

Six Word Saturday: here comes the rain again … again

13 Sep
Rain droplets collect on nandina berries. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Saturday: showers, some heavy and thundery (Met Service).

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

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Word a week: window

12 Sep
The boy-child's self-portrait through the car window via the rear view mirror. Photo: T. Gray 2012

The boy-child’s self-portrait through the car window via the rear view mirror. Photo: 2012

It’s so often said that the eyes are a window to the soul, the words are in danger of becoming a cliche. Yet,  we are remarkably good at assessing character from facial expression – eyes perhaps most of all. We all know about smiles that move a mouth, but never quite reach the eyes.

The boy-child. Indulgence of his mother's desire to photograph him, perhaps, but indulgence born of love. Photo: Su Leslie, 2010

The boy-child. Indulgence of his mother’s desire to photograph him, perhaps, but indulgence born of love. Photo: Su Leslie, 2010

Briefly still. Photo: Su Leslie, 2005

Briefly still. Photo: Su Leslie, 2005

Mother and child. What do the eyes say? Photo: Tony Gray 2003

Mother and child. What do the eyes say? Photo: Tony Gray 2003

This post was written for Sue’s A Word A Week Photography challenge at A Word in Your Ear.

Wordless Wednesday: first flowers

9 Sep
First flowering. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

First flowering. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

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Looking for a needle …

9 Sep
Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Let’s be clear; I’m not a hoarder. I regularly and cheerfully have somewhat frenzied clear-outs of my stuff. But I am a gatherer of all things useful; fabric, craft materials, pretty papers, paint and brushes, sewing patterns.

I used to sew a lot. Back in the days when clothes for New Zealanders were made in New Zealand and a small market meant limited choice; when you could almost guarantee someone would be wearing the same frock as you at any event. So Kiwi women tended to be pretty handy with a sewing machine and a pair of pinking shears.

These days I don’t make clothes any more; in fact I don’t do much sewing at all except running repairs on the boy child’s favourite skate clothes and replacing missing buttons — which is why I was rummaging in the sewing box today. Somewhere in amongst the buttons and bindings and scissors and spare bobbins I was sure I’d find some red thread and a fine needle.

And a chance to photograph some of the contents of my due-for-a-clear-out sewing box.

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Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pho.to LabPro

This week’s phoneography and non-SLR digital photo challenge theme is macro. Visit Lens and Pens by Sally to see more and join in.

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