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River of blue light

Light rods snaking into the distance, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Light rods snaking into the distance, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Still with the Vivid light festival for this photo, but now in the Royal Botanic Garden rather than Taronga Zoo.

The theme for July Squares is Blue.

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Vivid blue elephants

Projection onto a building, Taronga Zoo

Elephant film projected onto a building, Taronga Zoo

Not only are these blue elephants “vivid” in their colour, but they were part of the recent Vivid light festival in Sydney. They were, unsurprisingly, at the zoo.

elephant film, Taronga Zoo

A frame from the same elephant film seen above, on a screen this time

Illuminated elephant, Taronga Zoo

Elephant light installation

The theme for July Squares is Blue.

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Royal Albert Hall Mushrooms

fibreglass acoustic diffusers (‘mushrooms’) Royal Albert Hall London

Blue mushrooms adorning the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall, London

As you suspect, they’re not really mushrooms. 😉 They are fibreglass acoustic diffusers (nicknamed ‘mushrooms’) installed in the Royal Albert Hall, London to counter an echo. I took these photos last August at a Proms performance. The auditorium was certainly colourful!

 fibreglass acoustic diffusers (‘mushrooms’) Royal Albert Hall London

Blue mushrooms adorning the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall, London

The theme for July Squares is Blue.

Man climbing the rigging with bagpipes
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Climbing the rigging

Crew climbing the rigging on 'Tenacious', 2006

Crew climbing the rigging on ‘Tenacious’, 2006

Three photos on the theme of Climb. If you’re wondering what’s poking from the bag in the feature photo, it’s bagpipes; don’t ask.

Me climbing the rigging on 'Lord Nelson', 1994

A rare shot of me going aloft! (Safely in port, you’ll notice.) ‘Lord Nelson’, 1994

Crew climbing the rigging on 'Lord Nelson', 1995

Climbing the rigging is hard enough in normal conditions — in unwieldy oilskins and wellies, it’s a real challenge! ‘Lord Nelson’, 1995


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Random Fridays: Eternity

Eternity, Central Station 2019

Eternity, Central Station 2019

“Eternity” — the word was found on the pavements of Sydney for 30 years, handwritten in chalk. This was decades before I moved to Sydney in 1999, by which time the graffito and the man responsible for it had become embedded in the city’s psyche. You can read about Arthur Stace and his graffito here.

The photo above was taken at Central Station a couple of weeks ago. I was there for the steam trains and noticed that the food court area, which has been closed for years, had finally re-opened. But what a difference! Gone are all the ugly 20th century fake walls and ceilings and now we have the original Victorian glory of the rooms. In the original booking hall there’s now a sleek bar and grill — named Eternity, and featuring Stace’s famous script as its logo.

The photo below is truly awful quality and I apologise for that (scan of a poor print) but it shows “Eternity” in use again. On the eve of the millennium, when Sydney put on a show to exceed all other new year’s eve shows, the last of the fireworks fell to the harbour’s water — and “Eternity” appeared on the bridge, shining through the smoke.

Eternity, NYE 1999

Eternity, New Year’s Eve 1999


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