Pleasant to the ear

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Still one of my favourite photos. The boy-child with his first guitar. Photo: Su Leslie, 2006

My son is a talented musician who finds little time to play anymore — which is a shame as I’ve always enjoyed listening to him (even in the early days when his repertoire consisted of riffs from Crazy Frog and Smoke on the Water).

Yesterday he told me he’s going to a concert and sent me a link to the act performing. Given the recent divergence in our musical tastes, I wasn’t expecting to like it, but (and I won’t name names) it was better than I expected, if a bit repetitive.

Pleasant-sounding — but only in small doses.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | euphonious

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Love is in the air … sending up more memory-dust

Aged image of child and man jousting on inflatable "gladiator" rig. Paihia, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslile, 2010

Summer gladiators; the boy-child and Big T joust at Paihia, NZ 2010. Image: Su Leslie, 2010.

Another blast from the past unearthed in The Great Clean-up.

Finding this shot of my boys having fun on the jousting pole in Paihia sent up clouds of memory-dust; the heat of that day, a game of uphill mini-golf, sticky ice-cream hands, and a soundtrack that comes straight from SingStar (which the three of us seemed to play a lot back in the day).

I could probably have chosen any song from that playlist, but John Paul Young‘s Love is in the Air also reminds me of Baz Luhrmann’s wonderful film Strictly Ballroom, so I love it even more for that reason.

It was also the song that tended to deliver me the highest SingStar score. Just sayin’.

 

Photo Rehab Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Makeover #5

Alternative cover for Simply Red album, Simplified? Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Alternative cover for Simply Red album, Simplified? Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

This week’s #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover challenge from Lucile (bridging lacunas) and Desley (Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist) is the Simply Red album, Simplified.

I live in a house full of musical instruments and other gear, and my first thought was to try and capture an arty shot of a microphone — a nod to the distinctiveness of Mick Hucknall’s voice. But none of the resulting images really worked, and the idea was in danger of being too much like the real cover.

So I’ve gone back to basics. Let me know what you think.

 

 

Nature’s healing touch

Muriwai; looking south from Gannet colony lookout. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Muriwai; looking south from the gannet colony lookout. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned (at least 100 times) that life is really hectic at the moment. My role with NZ Sculpture OnShore has become all-consuming, the boy-child has exams looming, and of course we’re starting to think about life-after-exhibition-and-school —  in particular selling the house and moving on.

Yesterday it all got a bit too much. Not so much the volume of work, but the politics of a voluntary organisation exacerbated by the stress that everyone is under. So I ran away!

Does that make me sound like a quitter? A bad person? To clarify — I ran away for the afternoon. Away from my desk and email and the telephone, to Muriwai, on Auckland’s west coast. I had set out to visit Boric Food Market for some last-minute dinner ingredients but somehow just kept driving.

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Down the hill, turn the corner, and this is the view of Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Muriwai is the first west-coast beach I ever visited. I was about nine, and on a school trip. I was enchanted — I still am. Not being a particularly strong swimmer, I prefer more sheltered beaches for taking a dip, but for a lung-filling walk to clear the cerebral cobwebs, the beaches of New Zealand’s west coast are hard to beat.

Looking north up Muriwai Beach.

Looking north up Muriwai Beach. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

One of the first dates the Big T and I ever went on was to Muriwai. We sat on the cliff at Maori Bay, drank Guinness and listened to Luke Hurley. Unsurprisingly, his song Japanese Overdrive is one of my all-time favourites.

Out to sea from Maori Bay, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Out to sea from Maori Bay, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

The gannet colony, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

The gannet colony, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

I wasn’t gone for long, and I even remembered to drop into Boric. Afterwards I felt better able to cope. Muriwai does that for me.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. You can join in here.

 

Reflection and distortion: too close to call

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Sunglasses stall, Takapuna Market. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Edited with Pixlr Express.

Does it make sense to talk about reality, when we see ourselves mainly in reflection? And if we take away the notion of real – then distortion becomes a bit redundant too. I liked this photo, but thought I’d edit it to make it “less real” for this challenge. A statement about what how we see the world, or just a bit of fun?

I also like this song by Little Man Tate, variously called ‘Reflection in his Sunglasses’ and ‘Audrey Hepburn.’

He thought they fell in love
He thought they shared a moment
He thought she was looking deep into his eyes
Right into his very soul
But she was just checking her hair in the reflection of his sunglasses

— Little Man Tate ‘Reflection in his Sunglasses’

This post was written for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. Here are some others on the subject that I enjoyed:

http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflection/

weekly photo challenge: reflections

http://theamateurcamera.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/

http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2014/03/22/3-22-14-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://jrsyjueco.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections-2/

http://hellisjones.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/

http://susipet.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/weekly-photo-challenge-refelections/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/abstract-reflections/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

http://wingingitandwinning.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/

http://no1queenie.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/reflection-2/

http://debz2653.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections-me-and-my-shadow/

http://debz2653.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflection/

http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/reflections-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://makinglifesparkle.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/

http://marsowords.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/migratory-reflections-v2/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

http://cancerisnotpink.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/

http://morganebyloosphoto.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/

http://northumbrianlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/sandy-reflections/

http://mycyberhouserules.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-more-reflections-underover-the-water/

http://tishfarrell.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/reflections-on-wolverhampton/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

WPC – Reflections of Rock (3)

http://jeffsinonphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/reflecting-upon-nature/

http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections-2/