Auckland’s seemingly endless blue skies have clouded over and can now accurately be described as leaden. I have too many commitments, too little time, a persistent headache and I’d love to escape to a world with colour (NB: for the purposes of this post, grey is not a colour).
That is not to be (not yet anyway). So while my body still resides in the relentless gloaming, my mind has taken to wandering. And given that travel is only in my imagination, I thought I should stylize my images to reflect the disconnect between my original experience of them, and the idealised place they occupy for me right now.
My last road trip included a detour to this famous Ratana Church in Raetihi. While I’m incredibly proud of the original photos I took, including one on my phone, today I remember the image like a painting I want to hang on my office wall and look at often. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Summer; late afternoon. A walk on the beach with the Big T. Whangarei Heads. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Last year I spent three weeks in the UK; my first big solo trip since before the boy-child’s birth. Every day was an adventure and I revelled in the sense of freedom — of having no-one to please but myself. Two nights at a lovely B&B in Lower Largo wasn’t really long enough, but did afford me with some wonderful photographic memories.
Sunrise, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Twilight, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
The Sage Centre, Gateshead. Photo taken from Millenium Bridge at dusk. Su Leslie: 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Sunshine, sculpture, beautiful gardens and a stately home thrown in. Heaven is in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be precise. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express
It’s appropriate that my last image – of a final shaft of evening sun – should be illuminating the hill above Oriental Bay in Wellington. Appropriate because a trip to Wellington in the next few weeks is my beacon of hope for a change of scene and a chance to relax.
Last rays: the sun setting over Oriental Bay, Wellington, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2012. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Travel-based shots (even if it’s only travel in my mind) is my response to this week’s phoneography and non SLR digital devices photo challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.
Here are some other blogger responses that I enjoyed: