Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: slightly abstracted architecture

Melbourne Royal Exhibition Hall reflected in the glass frontage of Melbourne Museum. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Melbourne Royal Exhibition Hall reflected in the glass frontage of Melbourne Museum. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Partners in the kitchen

Perfect partnership. Slice of ginger crunch on a patterned china plate with a latte glass. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

A perfect partnership: homemade ginger crunch and a latte. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

One of the definitions of partner offered by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:

one of two or more people, businesses, etc., that work together or do business together

Perhaps one shouldn’t talk about foodstuffs being “in partnership”, but it is true that some combinations of food flavours, textures and even colours work well together.

Cheese and onion, dark chocolate and orange, fish and chips. Some combinations are common-place; others may be more a matter of personal taste.

Here are some food partnerships you’ll find in my kitchen.

Would the purists admit it as a Salad Nicoise? Seared tuna, boiled egg and saute potatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Would the purists admit it as a Salad Nicoise? Seared tuna, boiled egg and saute potatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

One for the boy-child. Grilled pork with fennel, apple and walnuts. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

One for the boy-child. Grilled pork with fennel, apple and walnuts. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Warm salad of lentils, crisp sage leaves, feta and baby tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Warm salad of lentils, crisp sage leaves, feta and baby tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Lamb and rosemary. Lamb leg roasted with anchovy and garlic rub, fresh rosemary and fresh lemon. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Lamb and rosemary. Lamb leg roasted with anchovy and garlic rub, fresh rosemary and fresh lemon. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

This post was written for the Daily Post Photo Challenge. This week the theme is partners.

The Changing Seasons: June

Close up shot of white magnolia flower with raindrops. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The first magnolia flower of the year. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

While May was a difficult month to sum up in an image, the same couldn’t be said for June.

This month the rain has arrived, and with it colder temperatures, high winds and — in the last few days — the first magnolia flower.

So far, there is only one. Hundreds of tiny furry buds, but only has burst forth. I captured this yesterday between rain showers.

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. Please visit to see the Cardinal’s month, and find links to other participants.

There are two versions of the challenge:

Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

 

Friday flip through the archives … (almost) a thousand thank yous

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Taking a photo I’m proud of makes me happy. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

An odd sort of symmetry

I noticed yesterday that ZimmerBitch has 999 followers; so when I found this post in my archive search, it seemed appropriate for re-blogging. My sentiments — and my thanks — are as heart-felt now as then. And my love of photography has just grown. Along, I hope, with my skills.

Happy Friday to you all.

Zimmerbitch

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This little message popped up in my feed last night and I’m pretty chuffed!

ZimmerBitch started out last September as a bit of a giggle – a side-project from my family history blog Shaking the Tree. I wrote a couple of posts then forgot about it until earlier this year.

But thanks to you – visitors, readers, likers and comment-leavers – ZimmerBitch has become really important to me. It’s become my space to think through and get feedback on issues that matter to me (like learning to parent my teenage son). Your generosity in reading my musings and offering thoughtful, funny and helpful comments is humbling.

And – quite unexpectedly – ZimmerBitch has re-awoken my interest in photography. The weekly challenges posed by The Daily Post, Lens and Pens By Sally, Where’s my Backpack and A Word in Your Ear have all inspired me to dust off…

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The point of string

A ball of string; black and white close up shot. Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

String. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed

If I were looking for a metaphor for life at the moment, I’d say that I am so busy untangling knots and straightening out threads that I forget what I was going to do with the string.

This week, we’re offering black and white shots for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens By Sally. So today I know the point of a ball of string.

A ball of string; black and white close up shot. Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

String. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed

The boy-child and I have been comparing notes on our photography recently. He has a new enthusiasm for landscape photography; but focused on the natural rather than the urban landscapes he has traditionally inhabited as a skater. His work is undergoing massive aesthetic change.

I on the other hand, am attempting to exercise restraint — particularly in editing.

A ball of string; black and white close up shot. Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

String. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed.

Black and white shots are wonderful in this regard. Without the temptation to play with colour, I am forced to focus on the single continuum of light to dark. And because this shot is all about texture — can I use that continuum to change the way you feel about a ball of string? Do you want to reach for the second one; believing it to be softer than the others?

I’m curious to know.

 

Curve

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A sharp angular plinth only accentuates the continuous curve of Arissara Reed & Davin Nurimba’s ‘Acoustic Chamber‘, 2015. Seen at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

For anyone who knows me, it will be no surprise that I’ve chosen images of sculptures for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge on the theme of curve. If there is anything unexpected here, it’s that I’ve been so restrained in the number of images chosen.

Bernar Venet, '88.5° ARC x 8'. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Curved corten steel ribs form Bernar Venet, 88.5° ARC x 8. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

It’s difficult to convey the scale of Anish Kapoor’s ‘Dismemberment, Site 1. The work is 85 metres long (278 feet); a steel and fabric tube whose ends are 25 metres x 8 metres (82 feet x 26 feet). It literally sits between two hills on a vast rural estate facing the Kaipara Harbour.

Anish Kapoor, 'Dismemberment Site 1'. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpure Park, Kairpara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpure Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, 'Dismemberment Site 1'. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpure Park, Kairpara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara Harbour, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara Harbour, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Of course size isn’t everything. Potter Rod Davies creates domestic-scale ceramic works; many of which are based on curving forms. ‘Ocean Swell’ is one of my favourites.

Rod Davies, 'Ocean Swell.' Seen at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

Rod Davies, ‘Ocean Swell.’ Seen at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. Photo: Su Leslie 2013