Meeting Amy started a special something in my life.
The test of whether I was a good guy began a few weeks later, without my knowledge whatsoever. For the May holiday week, the 2 of us jumped aboard a southbound train for a mountain retreat in Anhui province. Visiting locations of several gorgeous scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon certainly excited us. Also the ancient villages we stayed in, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in late 2000, the same period when the film was released. I have to admit I was more than a little surprised to find the name of the first place we visited, is Lovers’ Valley.
Here, everyone is surrounded by it, drenched in it, soaked in it.
Love is everywhere It’s not only written in the gardens but also painted on the rock floor – of course in red, the Chinese colour for love!
But wait, there’s more! Not only chock-a-block full of love, the valley also has gorgeous waterfalls, a sea of bamboo, and a free show of the sky high trapeze trio!
We’d spent such a long time in Lovers’ Valley that the third destination for the day had to be cancelled. Onto the second place we visited, The Phoenix Source. Since the main Chinese symbol of womanhood is the phoenix (whereas the dragon is the male counterpart) this relentless gushing could easily be thought of as an ongoing re-birth origin of water. A day in China inevitably involves that water turning to tea.
Running Bull Productions proudly presents 2 nights of back-to-back screenings of the digital impressions slide-show trilogy, including the première of a Tibetan travel tale. Following on from where we left off in chunks of China, the third part of the trilogy takes on altitude, a different culture in far-flung lands, and concludes the story.
I hope you can make it on either night, Friday the 9th of March or Saturday the 10th of March, from 6pm at my house. The program for each evening is :
Please enjoy the poster and YouTube preview (1 minute and 11 seconds) before you see the main feature!
This years main Australian Photographic Expo is in Melbourne, May 3-6. The show is run by the Photo Marketing association of Australia and the Photographic Imaging Council of Australia.
A feature of every years show is an exhibition of photographs from the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.
This year however the organisers would like to invite members of the Melbourne Flickr groups to submit images to be used in a special ‘Electronic Gallery’.
In keeping with the sharing nature of Flickr, we have created a wall of LCD frames of various sizes that will feature a constant electronic slide show of images of Melbourne. This Electronic Gallery will feature nothing but images of Melbourne taken by Flickr members.
I won’t be able to make it to this event. If you are in Melbourne though, please check it out and tell me what it’s like.
After discovering the hunk of dust couldn’t be removed, my little Canon went for a check up. Doctors aren’t cheap. I found there’s only one in the whole city of Melbourne who doesn’t outsource the job. It turns out the dust is stuck inside and the whole thing needs to be pulled apart.
Sure, do it. What else am I going to do? So my camera is on the operating table and I’m unable to take any photos…
I feel like a painter without a brush. This is crap. I still have my eyes, so let’s take a look at some pictures.
At work, a colleage was asking about the all new Windows Vista. After the list of requirements was fleshed out and being no more capable than her current version of Windows, she joined the hesitant / reluctant. There is one great advantage though, just one…
One good reason to consider an upgrade to Vista, Microsoft’s just-released upgrade to Windows: the default set of desktop wallpapers it ships with include several from Flickr members.
If you aren’t feeling as rich as Bill and want some new wallpapers, help yourself to any of my photos on flickr. I realized My flickr pro account was soon to expire, so I topped that up with another 2 years of subscription, US$47.99. Now there’s downtime on the flickr website and the Yahoo! sign in has bastardised the start up process, even for long standing members. Don’t go poking your eyes out just yet, it’ll be back up in no-time.
So the boys at Vintech fixed my baby up and earned a wad of notes. When you have a monopoly, you too can charge like a wounded bull. Actually it was a very reasonable price and I am happy to have my camera again. Just in time for Australia Day.
Flickr: Tara and James’ wedding is a group for anyone who can contribute or is interested in the photos from Thursday. Let’s go! I swear she’s doing it just for the Canadian permanent resident / citizenship thingo
Why not, I would!
What a beautiful day it was. I got a lift with Paul and Karen and we chatted about their past 8 months of world travels. $26 for a tent site was a very cheap start.
All of Tara’s wishes came true on the day: the weather was stunning with blue skies and golden warmth; her dress was amazing; Bill walked her down the aisle; the ceremony went off without a hitch; her husband is a great guy; the venue was just marvellous; the catering was simply to die for; and the most excellent company of family and friends. What more could you ask for?
Here’s a few little video snippets. Enjoy! Congratulations to Tara and James. I wish you all the very best in your future together.
Legends of the Dragon is this lovely amazing awesome salubrious book I have a couple of photos published in. It just arrived in the mail last Friday. Flipping through these superb images, considering my current out-of-work status, I find myself dreaming of my next Asian adventure!
Postie Kate also delivered my Christmas present (from me, to me) last Friday. The Korea theme pack should be some inspiring summer reading… I had to collect my CELTA in person today as the college doesn’t normally post out the certificates. That stork however, will be delivering babies and bringing a new sound to Christmas for a few friends this year.
Next week will be the screening of my digital slide-show chunks of China. Following on from where we left off in Japan – a year in the life, this second part of the trilogy takes on a different approach, a different country, a different culture, and of course it has a different story.
I hope you can make it on the night, this Sunday the 19th of November from 4pm… Meanwhile, the poster and the YouTube preview (55 sec’s) before you see the main feature!
A recent trip to the Robot Bar included more than I bargained for. On Tuesday nights there are free Japanese animation movies projected onto the window curtain screen. I was rather impressed at the quality after watching Appleseed with a couple of friends tonight. This isn’t just bug-eyed Astroboy on steroids. Perhaps an overdose of visuals stolen from The Matrix, Aliens, and two bags full of US military in a post-global nuclear holocaust setting nothing at all like Mad Max, but the message was unique and quite humane. If you haven’t for a while, try some Japanese animation.
I must admit I was quite chuffed at the screening of my Japan – a year in the life slide show. It was brilliant to see many friends again who have inspired me and often joined up for our adventurous journeys together. We didn’t have cinema seating, but Mark rounded up the projector for the big screen effect and Tim’s burly 5.1 sound system definitely cranked out the soundtrack.
Our little theatrette has been re-converted to our lounge room and the coffee table back in place, soon to be smothered with an inspiring and beautiful book.
Legends of the Dragon is a photography project profiling the fabulous corners of Asia.
A few of my pic’s are being published in the second book of Dragon’s Playground. If your coffee table is lacking in lustre just now, check out this salubrious next edition when it arrives… soon.