Under Smoke’s Light

This was taken a few weeks ago whilst heading home from work.

I feel as though the bushfire smoke in the area led to an eerie, dry-feeling photo.
A lot of that has to do with how the smoke was affecting the sun’s light.

The way the light is cast kind of seems pretty whilst not exactly seeming pleasant.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s photo challenge for last week.

The theme for this one is “Gold”.

I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit into the challenge.

You can find the challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Microphone Stand to Hand

I was shooting a gig two days before the last exam I had to sit for my undergrad.

Not the smartest of moves, but it sure was a fun gig.

This is a shot of the vocalist of Golgothan Remains who were the opening band.

I’m not so sure as to how well this photo works as a representation of performance, but I think it works well as a representation of form.

I think that there’s a slight sense of depth in the photo based on the way the singer’s hands are positioned, and I like how the hair looks as though it’s in the process of fanning outward.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Wednesday” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.

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One Question

Today a portion of New South Wales continues to burn. It continues to remain on fire in what appears to still be the early part of a prolonged bushfire season. Yesterday was pretty bad. A lot of the fire season thus far has been pretty bad, but I’m going to try and not talk about that.

I’m going to try and not talk about the building in which I work filling with smoke yesterday and my employer essentially telling myself as well as the other employees here to keep on working whilst they try to solve the issue by opening the building to more smoke. I’m going to try and not talk about that; after all, my place of employment was not the only place to have that happen, and even though it was pretty bad, there are people out there who are getting it far, far worse. All things considered, I’m pretty lucky.

However, I’m also going to try and not talk about those who are currently facing the most risk from the bushfires. It’s bad; it’s really bad and it makes me really angry, but I’m going to try and not talk about that.

As much as I respect the people working to stop the fires, I’m not going to talk about them either. I’m going to do my best to not talk about how hard they are working to prevent communities and the rest of the state burning down. I’m not going to talk about how many of those working are volunteers, and both they and the paid staff deserve more than our respect for working as hard as they are to save people as well as animals.

As much as I really want to, I’m not going to talk about Scott Morrison – a person venerated by some – putting forward either a new or amended religious freedoms bill (I’m not sure if it’s new or not) whilst these fires are going on.

Nor am I going to talk about Scott Morrison essentially saying that we don’t need more firefighters and they don’t need more help. I’m not going to talk about the fact that he seems to be avoiding the issue of the fires as much as possible. Of course, I don’t know what happens behind closed doors. I also don’t know why using taxpayers’ money to fly to Sydney to go to Bellevue Hill to attend an event being held by one of Rupert Murdoch’s children right now could be seen as a good thing. There are are rumours saying that Scott Morrison has been avoiding speaking to fire chiefs about the current fire problem, so I don’t think that his flying off to an event is good, but there are a lot of things I don’t know.

I’ll really try to not talk about Gladys Berejiklian saying that now is not the time to talk about climate change, then later on say that she believes in climate change and that protesters should do something instead of protesting. I’ll also try my best not to talk about how the party of which she is a part cut funding for fire services earlier in the year.

I won’t talk about these things, but I do have one question that I feel is pertinent:

At what point will enough be enough?

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A Sheet of Lines

This was taken last year at a gig featuring a most excellent band.

Not sure why I didn’t do anything with this shot at the time.
Actually, I think I am sure, but now it’s sharing has become appropriate by happenstance.

There’s some great line work in the pattern, I think.

The shape of the lines works well with the colours, and some of it almost seems to be coming out of the head’s silhouette.

This is my submission into the seventy-fourth Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme for this one is “Abstract“.

The challenge is hosted by four people and cycles weekly:

Week 1 – Patti

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 3 – Amy

Week 4 – Tina

This week is hosted by Patti and next week’s will be hosted by Leya.

I recommend checking out the challenge to see how people interpret each theme.
I also recommend giving it a go.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 605: Final Exam for the Final Subject

Well, here I am, back once more and so on and so forth.

The end of an era has now passed and now a new era has begun. An era of… not being at university, or something.

The final exam for the final subject I needed to complete was something I didn’t feel I had too much trouble with which concerns me a little, but I feel as though, at the very least, I did well enough to pass. Of course the day is young and it is far too early to tell, but I feel I passed and now I am free… unless of course I decide to do one more semester of subjects, or in this case a trimester. On the plus side, it would be stuff that I’ve wanted to do but for some reason been unable to do so.

So now I’m here at work and, aside from yesterday which was a day of doing nothing and being at home resting, the business of work and life shall be kicked into a full gear.

I’m not sure how I’m meant to feel about the end of uni, but I do certainly feel a sense of relief. It was a period of time that I felt went longer than it should have, and it’s a period of time marked both by loss and gain. There were trials, there were tribulations but overall I came out okay and that’s more than I can ask for.

There should be something here about growing up, but we’re always growing so it doesn’t really matter. Well, usually we’re always growing. Sometimes you aren’t.

Well, what else is there to say? I can say that I’m at work, but I’ve already said that.

I think about my life where I was when I started the undergraduate course and where I am now and both a lot and not much has changed. Plenty of large shifts in my life, that’s for sure, but at the same time everything has remained relatively slow and subtle… I think.

Well, I don’t know what I think. I’m here and looking forward to being able to work on other stuff again and I’m typing rather slowly, but I don’t care as I’m feeling pretty relaxed about everything. That’s always a plus in my books.

Still, there will be more working hard in order to get the many a thing done as there is a lot that I’ve had to put aside over the past few months. I’m certainly looking forward to clearing the backlog and getting back on top of everything.

I’m looking forward to being able to do more bushwalking when I so choose, weather conditions permitting of course.

I think I’m just mostly looking forward to having a bit more flexibility to do other things. Realistically I had that flexibility beforehand, but now I have a little less juggling and balancing to worry about.

I’m looking forward to being able to be productive once more.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 09:17:62

Not as fast as I’d hoped, but not overly fussed.

A bit bland and didn’t cover as much as I thought I would, but again, not overly fussed.

Written at work.

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‘Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks’ by Danger Dave & Christian Rager

A sculpture from last year’s Sculpture by the Sea.

There’s a sense of intensity in this sculpture. I’m not quite sure why, but I think it may have to do with its overall design more than the face.

Features feel exaggerated which may have to do with the flatness, and overall the head feels massive, which it was.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s photo challenge for last week.

The theme for this one is “Beaches”.

I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit into the challenge.

You can find the challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Happy-Looking Dog

A little while ago we had this visitor come into work.

The dog was rather cute and seemed to be happy to be getting a lot of attention.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s photo challenge for last week.

The theme for this one is “Pets”.

I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit into the challenge.

You can find the challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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