Height

Whilst in Melbourne I went to the MoMA exhibition being held at The National Gallery of Victoria.

It was interesting.

This was in the last room of the exhibition.
I won’t explain the process or what it is related to, but there are a lot of heights listed in this photo.

I like how concentrated most of the heights are and I like that there are a few outliers sitting underneath the concentrated area.

This is my entry into Leanne Cole‘s Monochrome Madness for this week.

I recommend checking out Monochrome Madness and consider participating in the event. It has a dedicated community that is worth being a part of and the event does help to make you think about your composition, among other things.

I also suggest seeing Leanne’s work outside of Monochrome Madness.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Docklands Pylons

More pylons.

I was lucky to be able to get them all in one frame.

I like that everything is meant to look scenic and ideal as I don’t think much (if anything) clashes with the visible buildup of rubbish.

The only real difference is that one form has more fashionable clothing.

I think that this shot shows (to an extent) how expansive the area appears.

I think that the pylons in this shot are fantastic and make for a good contrast with the previous ones.

I hope you enjoy.

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Mark Kozelek: Mark Kozelek Review

This review can be read on Cool Try.
If you read this here, then please also go to Cool Try and check out more music-related articles.

Anyway, here’s the review.

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Mark Kozelek has become a fairly restless artist. Knocking out many albums over a short period of time, he’s showing few signs of slowing down. Mark Kozelek is another album that he has had involvement. Therefore, it is another album of his music that shows that he does not, for the time being, intend to slow down.

Once more Mark Kozelek is “talking” more than he is “singing”. Mark Kozelek sees him moving closer toward spoken word. He talks about things he experiences. His lyrics are as direct and matter-of-fact as they were before he became to heavily embrace his current vocal explorations. However, they now almost entirely lack the smooth poetic cadence that Mark Kozelek once employed.

There’s a simplicity to the words that is appreciable but Mark Kozelek leans far too heavily on the verbose. Everything that can take less words instead takes a long time to be said as he talks over everything as much as possible. This makes the songs more conversational and distinctly his. This also leads to the songs having a great deal of bloat. The words are far less effective and most of it tends to blur and wash over you.

The lyrics seem to have become the main focus of Mark Kozelek’s songs. On Mark Kozelek the instruments take a backseat and sound like backing music for him to talk over. The music is nice enough and works well as an accompaniment. However, most anything that is not vocals sounds like it was written for the vocals. That’s not to say that the instrumentation is flat. Some melodies are quite pretty and tender. Usually they do well to set the mood. However, there’s little to no substance to them. They’re decent, they work, but feel like an afterthought.

As easy as it is to criticize Mark Kozelek, there’s something endearing about the album. It is hard to recommend as most of it makes for a frustrating, tiring listen. However, there’s some really poignant and moving moments. There is also some funny moments that help break the monotony. Mark Kozelek seems to be searching for something. He rambles quite a bit and expresses things in more time than necessary. There comes a point in each song where the song feels like it should end. Instead of ending, the songs keep on going. However, the whole thing feels really human in a way that a lot of albums do not. Perhaps the album is highly possessed of ego, but it sounds honest.

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Silver-Capped Pylons

Some pylons at Docklands with silver caps.

As wind blew past the caps rattled and created a percussive, rhythmic sound.

It was wonderful.

I like how the ones in the scene are spaced apart and I like how they seem like variations on the same object.

I also like the design of the caps. I like that they’re elevated and there’s an object attached to the cap that invokes imagery of a sail.

I hope you enjoy.

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Southbank at Dawn

Another photo of Southbank, but this time with a greater amount of open space.

I like how the colours interact with the light of the dawn, as well as how large and vague the clouds appear.

Some of the cars look like they are models.

I like that the trees are partially blurred due to their sway as it creates a nice contrast between them and the still objects that they are near.

I hope you enjoy.

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Waking Southbank Offices

On the second morning of my recent trip to Melbourne I went wandering to capture the sunrise. The wander ended up being successful but not for the purpose that I had set myself.

To me this photo feels both quiet and busy.
I think that the stillness of the buildings and the motion of the clouds are the factors leading to the scene feeling quiet, whilst the lights and (minor amounts of) traffic are what lead the scene to feel busy.

I do think that there is a distinct impression of waking up which probably has to do with the colours in the sky.

I hope you enjoy.

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Wing Over Melbourne

I’ve shared this one as I think that it serves as a good counterpoint to the last one.

A shot taken whilst heading back to Sydney would probably work as a better counterpoint, but that can come later.

The ground area is not as sharp as it could be, but I think that that helps to give a better idea of how big and sprawling Melbourne can look.

I hope you enjoy.

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