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Friday, May 29, 2015

Real Australians Say Welcome..



Australian artist Peter Drew is on a mission! A three month road trip around Australia to put up 1,000 'Real Australians Say Welcome' posters supporting asylum seekers. Read about the different reactions he's had along the way here. It's a complex subject, I can't imagine what it would be like having nowhere to call home, at the same time knowing that no country really wants you. Drew picked a good spot here, Doogues Lucky Lotteries on Murray St in the city is Perth's oldest and well frequented news-agencies. I threw in the shot below because, well just because :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. 



Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 'art' of conversation..



So look up from your phone, shut down the display
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that being there can make
                                                               Taken from a poem written by Gary Turk

Looking down into Forrest Place it was comforting to see that amidst the 90% of people talking or texting on their mobile phones, two gentlemen were engaged in a long and animated conversation.. hope! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A 'stylish' stinky memento from the past!



Alerted by a story I read in the newspaper I went on the hunt for possibly the strangest subject for the blog to date! Who would have thought there was something with an unsavoury past lurking on this leafy, tree lined street in Northbridge. Dated between 1911 - 1930 there are nine 15mtr tall pipes referred to as 'stink pipes' because their purpose was to dispel noxious odours from the sewerage system scattered around the city. I cannot believe how many times I must have passed these vents without giving them a second glance. One of the more unusual mementos of the history of Perth to be included in the State Register of Heritage Places.


Don't know how this one on the corner of Cook and Loftus has escaped my eagle eye! The pipes which may be modeled on English sewer gas lamps, have decorative circular ornate cast iron bases with fluting and moulding containing the letters M S (Metropolitan Sewerage). Despite their function I think the decommissioned pipes are rather a charming reminder of the past. You can't say I don't give you variety :) :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

'Little voices will tell us the way'...



Spotted this work by Perth based artist Haley Welsh in Chinatown. Created during PUBLIC2015 Welsh states that although her work may seem whimsical and light hearted 'the themes to my work are usually from a darker more complex place'. Her 'Little voices' series has been 'themed around the idea of self-doubt and listening to one’s inner voices and emotions.. sometimes positive and at other times negative'. I love coming across her work around the city, will show more! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...
 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Back to Chinatown..



We did head back into the city on Saturday night to have dinner at Billy Lee's in Chinatown. Very different to the scene on Wednesday, remember how quiet it was during the day. The food here gets varied reviews, from really bad to the best Chinese food ever.. no complaints here, the service was delightful and the food excellent. Don't you sometimes wonder about bad reviews, especially when you've had a good experience.. is it possible that some people just enjoy a bit of a whinge :)  


Is that a 'no smoking' sign up to the left :)


The entrance to Chinatown through the Old Shangai food court off James Street, the gate I showed on Wednesday was off Roe St. These shots are straight out of the camera without any added saturation at all, Northbridge (check it out) really is this colourful, in many ways, at night! Hope you had/are having a fab weekend, take care and stay safe..

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Greek Orthodox Church, West Perth..



I saw the Greek Orthodox Church last week when we were driving through West Perth. I thought about stopping but it was a dull and rainy day and I just knew this church was meant to be photographed with the sun shining off those wonderful copper cupolas so I took these yesterday when the sun was out and the sky tres bleu.. what do you think, was I right!  Standing on the incredibly busy corner of Charles and Carr it took a while to get a shot clear of vehicles, it really is a very photogenic church from every which way, that's the city you can see behind in the last shot. Click here if you would like to know more about the history of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, take care and stay safe...


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Reflections of a bridge..




Walking up Roe St. in Northbridge I took this shot of the Horseshoe Bridge reflected in the State Theatre Centre. I love the way the bridge sweeps over into the city and am prepared to chain myself to it to save it if there is ever even a hint of it being removed in the name of progress :) See that little slither of a reflection in the middle of the road above, it's a puddle reflection.. those of you living in the northern hemisphere might not understand why this is so exciting, but here in Perth it's been a while since we've had the opportunity to take puddle pictures :) Let the rain continue! Bon weekend, take care and stay safe..
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