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Saturday, April 25, 2015

'Courage in adversity' the Anzacs..



It doesn't matter how many times you have the opportunity to watch the sun come up over the horizon each time is a breathtaking moment. I took these shots just as dawn was breaking two days ago looking over the city from Kings Park. It's especially poignant at this time of the year when we remember the courage and bravery of the Anzacs and of the men and women who have lost their lives in war over the last 100 years. 


It's beyond sad to think that while remembering the bravery of the men who fought and died in the hope of peace the war still goes on.. for the first time in nearly a century the police force here and around Australia will break with tradition and be armed in response to safety concerns.


... and there it is, a golden glowing orb of hope! They were preparing the park when we were there for the expected 60,000 people attending the dawn service, if you've ever heard 60,000 people sitting in complete silence it's an unbelievable experience.. 'lest we forget'. Take care and stay safe..p.s. there were close to 80,000 people at the dawn service..


Friday, April 24, 2015

Anzac Cottage, getting ready to recieve..



This Saturday, the 25th of April, Australia and many other parts of the world are preparing to commemorate the centenary of Anzac Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps). A few days ago I zipped over to Mt Hawthorn to take a few shots of Anzac Cottage, 'Australia's first World War I memorial: a practical memorial, in the form of a home for the first wounded Anzac soldier to return to Mt Hawthorn from the ill-fated but legendary Gallipoli campaign'. Read the full story here. I smiled to see the bucket and window wiper to the left, Anzac Cottage, already looking ship shape was getting an extra spruce up!


Tomorrow I'll show you why I was heading down the Mitchell Freeway to the city at 5.30am yesterday morning :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


Thursday, April 23, 2015

'Karrak'.. Red Tailed Black Cockatoo..




Extinction is the rule,
Survival is the exception.. Carl Sagan

Although I have had a flock of Carnaby's Black Cockatoos fly in and gorge themselves on my bottle-brush tree, remember them here, this is as close as I've been to a Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, check out pics on that link amazing colour, known to the Noongar people as 'Karrak'. It really does pay to look up.. seen in Subiaco Park carved right out of the top of an old tree by Perth artist Nic Crompton. The red tails are much harder to spot these days, heading down that road to extinction I believe.. we really are a hopeless bunch at doing the right thing aren't we! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Water-wise!



If ever a building needed (t)arting up it's the Water Corp building in Leederville, no disrespect to the architects but it is a little functional :) I do sometimes wonder how architects feel about the huge, often unrelated to what goes on in the building, murals painted on their creations. In this case the murals are water themed.. wise choice. The pair of Ibis (water birds) above by Perth artist James Giddy who you've seen many times here, absolutely enhances and the giant wave covering three walls by traveling Chinese artist DALeast, see more of his work here, is spectacular in it's detail (so worth enlarging) I wouldn't be surprised if you've already seen his work in your city. Both murals are part of FormPUBLIC 2015. So much art so little time to check it out :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. thanks for all the lovely comments yesterday, catch up today!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy anniversary to moi :)



Now that I've got your attention :) With the trip to Sydney I almost let another anniversary slip by, I think I did last year.  Amazing to think Perth Daily Photo is four years old and like most city daily photo blogs around the world the inspiration came from my daily visit to M. Tenin's Paris Daily Photo, I still miss that visit each morning! I thought it was only fitting to celebrate going into the fifth year with many a few pics of another hot Frenchman :) He didn't start off his act shirtless, let's begin at the beginning..


Not bad looking oui! Look maman one hand :)


He was brilliant including the younger audience..


Mr. Bump! Okey dokey :)


.. and just in case anyone was losing interest.. check out some of the audience expressions, too funny!

 
No one was going anywhere, I did try and drag Aimee away, but she wasn't having it :)


Time to put the shirt back on monsieur :)


Here's to another fun year, hope you'll tag along :) Have a fab Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. any Perthites out there know this gentleman's name? p.p.s. William street performer thanks Andrew..
 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Revealed 2015..




Aboriginal painting is 'not mere illustration , but real-time communion with ancestral relations and their sacred geographies'. I was invited to visit 'Revealed', an exhibition and marketplace 'showing and linking emerging Aboriginal artists and arts centres from across WA with audiences and opportunities in Perth'. Launched in 2008 this biennial event is growing each time and it was excellent yesterday to see the 'marketplace' event in the cultural centre teeming with fabulous art and appreciative buyers!


Over at Gallery Central it was a little quieter, allowing for a more detailed study of these amazing art works. The three dimensional aspect in the piece in the first shot depicting freshwater mussels collected from billabongs and rivers was fabulously mesmerizing.


Aboriginal artwork is unique in so many ways, bringing families, 'grandmothers, mothers, aunties and children together to paint and share laughter and stories'. 


I heard Aboriginal art once described as 'history, written by the people'.. it sounds right! The 'Revealed' exhibition will be showing at Gallery Central until the 9th of May, so worth a visit if you happen to be in Perth.. Can't believe the weekend is overs already, Perth you're exhausting me :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe...p.s. I told you it was special!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Creative advertising!



We went into the city yesterday afternoon to take photos of something pretty special.. it's been a few weeks since I was last in the city and I was happy to see it was still abuzz with surprises. Along the way to the 'something special' we were a little sidetracked by a) a very hot French busker doing amazing things with his body.. show you later :) and b) it was pretty hard to miss the enormous feet protruding out into Forrest Place!


Intriguing from every angle!


.. and look at that! Tres cool way to advertise the return season of Wicked The Musical oui! I have to confess when I saw Wicked in Sydney, I did nod off a few times, but in fairness it was after an early morning flight from Perth, although to be honest musicals and I don't hit it off so well, all that singing does my head in :) Will edit and show you that 'something special' tomorrow and the hot Frenchman later in the week. Hope you're enjoying your weekend, take care and stay safe..


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