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Shoppers at Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

Last week in Melbourne I was very aware of how being on holiday sets one apart from other people. While I was free from the constraints and rhythms of my normal life, others were going about the everyday business of living; shopping, learning, going to work, attending appointments.

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Shoppers in Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

On the trams and in the market, I found myself wondering about the lives of my unknown, transitory companions. Are they in work they love? Is there constant anxiety about paying the bills? A sick child? A relationship that exhausts rather than nurtures?

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Waiting for a tram, corner Burke and Spencer Streets, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

It made me think of Thoreau’s line …

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.” — Henry David Thoreau

Which made me think about the artists I know, and how the need to release “their song” is such an imperative. It also got me thinking about public art and how much it enriches us; artists, listeners and viewers, and indeed communities.

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Busker, Bourke Street, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

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Street art, Melbourne. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

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“Just want to know ya. Just want to talk to ya. I want to hear about your day.”

The opening lines of Bic Runga‘s song Something Good seem particularly appropriate to this post, which has been written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

 

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22 thoughts on ““Maybe this good thing’s gonna happen today ..”

  1. Pingback: Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Still Life) | Lens and Pens by Sally

  2. Su, I’ve thought the same while being on vacation/holiday. But I also try to take small moments in a “normal” day, whether at work or at home, shopping, or whatever else, just to observe, to think of the possible stories as you mention, to enjoy the little things that make life worth living. Sometimes they’re overshadowed by the bad, even evil things, but underneath it all, they’re still there, waiting patiently for us to feel them again and to be grateful, even happy.

    janet

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    • Thanks Janet. As I’ve got older I’ve definitely come to appreciate the small moments more. Even making the first coffee of the day is a moment I savour and enjoy.

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