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War Memorial, Thames, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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Travel theme: grey

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Memorial to the Women of World War II. Sculpted by John W. Mills. Whitehall, London. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Memorial to the Women of World War II. Sculpted by John W. Mills. Whitehall, London. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

As a colour, grey gets pretty bad press; associated with bad weather and gloomy days. But it is also the colour of many sculptures — like the bronze above which commemorates the enormous contribution made by women during war — and Rebecca Rose’s “Inflight Entertainment” below, which is made of stainless steel.

Rebecca Rose, "Inflight Entertainment", 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Rebecca Rose, “Inflight Entertainment”, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

The works below, by Trish Clarke and Merle Bishop are also in steel and bronze respectively, although the grey that predominates in the image is that of a stormy evening sky.

Trish Clarke's "Round Up aka Triffid Garden", and Merle Bishop's "Spot the Blind Dog", exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Trish Clarke’s “Round Up aka Triffid Garden”, and Merle Bishop’s “Spot the Blind Dog”, exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

London skyline on a stormy day. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

London skyline on a stormy day. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

In the two shots above, leaden skies hang over already grey structures. In countries were rain is abundant (like the UK and New Zealand) grey clouds are often spoken of negatively — something I’ve noticed increasingly in our TV weather forecasts. For me, they speak of drama and change — things I view positively.

Grey is this week’s Travel Theme at Where’s My Backpack. You can see Ailsa’s wonderful shots here. And here are some other bloggers’ take on the theme that I liked:

http://windagainstcurrent.com/2015/08/07/grey/

https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/travel-theme-gray/

http://elizabatz.com/2015/08/07/travel-theme-rouens-cathedral-is-a-study-in-grey/

http://alienshores52.com/2015/08/08/grey-days/

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/travel-theme-grey/

http://jennifersawicky.com/2015/08/07/travel-theme-grey/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/travel-theme-grey-travels-around-new-zealand/

https://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/shades-of-gray/

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: remember

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The entrance to the 'Scars on the Heart' galleries at Auckland Museum. Remembrance of our country's war dead from the Land Wars of the nineteenth century to the most recent casualties in Afghanistan between 2002-12.

The entrance to the ‘Scars on the Heart’ galleries at Auckland Museum. These galleries contain permanent exhibitions of NZ wartime past, including remembrance of our country’s war dead from the Land Wars of the nineteenth century to the most recent casualties in Afghanistan between 2002-12. Photo: Su Leslie (photographer of original image unknown).