my (amateur) photography adventure



Family photo history (part 3)

A page from my paternal grandmother’s recipe book (c.1950 – dec’d 1954), discovered by my aunt in a long-forgotten box of ‘stuff’.

Anyone for Bannocks?

I have previously posted some other photos from the same source here, including this one:

"See the Dahlias Jane Cowl (Apricot Yellow)" - my paternal grandmother Beryl, early 1950's (dec'd 1954), Stephen St Toowoomba
“See the Dahlias Jane Cowl (Apricot Yellow)” – my paternal grandmother Beryl, early 1950’s (dec’d 1954), Stephen St Toowoomba



Family Photo History, Part 2

above:  Kodak 127 contact print from Uncle John’s first camera – Aunty Dais,  Dad’s mum, Mrs Hatherall and Mrs McKeown, 1954

Following on from my previous post Family Photo History (part 1) – here are some more moments of family history:

Dad's maternal grandfather, Harry Carstens
Uncle Alf and Sandy
Dad, approximately 1953
Ecce Homo Arch Postcard

15 second memorial

The beautiful sandstone Anzac Square Memorial is still covered with wreaths from Anzac Day on 25 April.

These two pictures are 15 second exposures in early evening.  I’ve been doing quite a lot of long exposure shooting lately and I think these bring out the best of the Memorial.

I thought about showing them in b & w – they look great in b & w, but it’s not fair to lose  the colour of that sandstone!

lion head fountain below memorial, Anzac Square. ISO100, 18mm, f/9, 15s

Last Anzac Day post for this year – I promise – but since I walk past this Memorial 10 times a week (it’s right above the CBD train station in Brisbane), probably not the last time I’ll photograph it :).

My other Anzac day posts are here:

If you want more of a story about the history of Anzac Day, check out this blog post at Tragicomedia, which includes a quote by Kemal Ataturk which I can never read aloud without choking up, and some great Anzac Day people photos (quite a style contrast to these ones).

Anzac Day

Anzac stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship, and endurance that will never own defeat.

C. E. W. Bean, Australian official historian

Related post about Anzac Day is here: The kind old sun

The kind old sun

Move him into the sun –
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds, –
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved, – still warm, – too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
– O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

Wilfred Owen

For overseas visitors – 25 April is Anzac Day:

Anzac Square – click thumbnails for full size.

Historic Buildings around Queens Park, Brisbane

These three historic and heritage-listed buildings surround Queens Park between George, Elizabeth and William Sts in the Brisbane CBD.

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Two of them have modern uses as a casino and luxury hotel – I don’t know what use the former State Library building has now.

Family Photo History

“See the Dahlias: Jane Cowl (Apricot Yellow)” – my paternal grandmother Beryl, early 1950’s (dec’d 1954), Stephen St Toowoomba.

Spent some time this evening going through old family photos with my aunt and uncle.  Apparently photography runs in the family :).

Cheese sent from Pittsworth to British Empire Exhibition

Some were labelled, most weren’t.  Each one still tells a story though, so I’ll let them speak for themselves.

possibly Dad in 1945, in the back yard at Stephen St Toowoomba

Heritage, Redux

This fomer Congregational church building was built in the 1850’s.  It’s a striking building now being used as an antique centre.

I found the contrast between the building, and some of its contents, fascinating.

Opalina Fiorentina glass jug
internal stained glass, East St wall
'Dress Ups Vintage Clothing' garments
internal door handle, detail
Garment, East St room
Ceiling and upper level windows
the well-named Retro room fronting East Street
Side view of former Congregational church building, East St, Ipswich showing roof vent
Joseph Hargreaves
I only took this photo on special request from my 8 year old daughter... but then I liked it :)
Staircase to mezzanine, East St end
more 'Dress Ups'. I love the light in this one - upstairs with the afternoon light streaming in.
'Dress Ups' hats

There are also many traditional antiques there, but I haven’t photographed most of them because it was the contrasts which fascinated me.

more traditional
Rear section (now containing stage area and downstairs Annexe) of former Congregational church building, East St, Ipswich

Old Glass (Part 1)

I love old glass.  I live in a house with lots of old glass doors and windows (in fact that’s my front door (up close) above).

It’s not the easiest thing to photograph with all of the reflection & glare issues, but you can get some great effects.  Here are a few:

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