A Snapshot of Two Cities #21

14:37, 8/12/2015, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Check out that wintery scene! It looks quite chilly or “brisk”, as I like to say, as winter settles in on China. And so still and quiet. I wonder if it was actually a quiet spot or whether there was the usual hustle and bustle of traffic and machinery and people? All I can say is, good on that person for going for a run! It’s hard at the best of times, but especially when the colder weather strikes! On a more arty-farty note, what I love most about your photo this week Isabel, is the structure of it. The red-brown track with the lines that lead the eye down to the buildings at the back. The trees around the perimeter of the track, all in those gorgeous wintery tones as they start to drop some leaves. The runner, who looks like they might have heard something and turned their head, or maybe looked to check how far they had left to go (probs what I’d be doing). The way you’ve framed the shot is perfect, Isabel. I love it.

Power lines & cows resized

20:05, 8/12/2015, Vermont South, Melbourne, Australia

Heading home from yoga last night, I pulled over on the busy highway and started lining up some shots. I probably looked pretty odd, the chick in her yoga gear, just randomly parked off the road, taking photos of grass and cows. I think it was worth it though. Look how cute the cows are, all dotted throughout the grass there. The sun was starting to set (at 8pm!) and they were getting settled for a nice long snooze after a balmy and blustery day. It’s funny because just across the highway, on the other side, is all this industrial stuff. A truck yard, a place that sells pergolas, hardcore pots for your garden, that kinda thing. Then you’ve got this massive, beautiful field on the other side and it’s full of cows! They came right down close to the highway when they were feeding earlier, as I was on my way to my class. I desperately wanted to turn around and try to photograph them up close but I was running late. I might try and take that shot some other time.

🙁 x 1000. Massive sad face over here because today’s post is the last of this wonderful A Snapshot of Two Cities series with Isabel! I’ve had such an incredible time working on this project with you – it’s been great fun and I’ve absolutely loved seeing your photos from the other side of the world. But I shan’t get too mushy just now. I’ll save that for next week’s wrap up post 😛

Jacquie

A Snapshot of Two Cities is a collaborative project between myself and Isabel from Nanjing Nian. We take a photo of something that catches our eye each week and post the photos on our blogs. We hope you enjoy looking at the differences and similarities between the two cities and cultures, and also just some pretty pictures. You can read more about it in the first posting.

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Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.

5 comments

  1. Carolyn

    I love the sense of solitude in Isabel’s photo. I like that the jogger has found this quiet space beneath the high rise and that he has that little bit of Autumn beauty by his side to feed his soul. And I like how you have made the powerlines sit harmoniously within a rural scene ( although I know what you mean about the other side of the road!) The powerlines and track marks give a sense of unending space. Very nice! Well done to both of you on a lovely collaborative project!

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    1. birdandfox

      That’s so lovely, Carolyn. And you’re right – he has picked a truly beautiful spot to run, which I think helps. I know I’d be more inclined to run on a beach than down a crappy dank alley. Although maybe I should also run to get the hell out of that dank alley too! It’s such an odd spot in my suburb – the almost constant traffic streaming down the middle of the two different spaces.

      Thank you so so much for all your wonderful comments each post, Carolyn. I’ve always looked forward to seeing your thoughts and opinions on our photos and have truly valued what you’ve had to say – I’m sure Isabel has as well. So thank you very much!

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      1. Carolyn

        Pleasure! Your pics have brought a touch of joy to my Wednesdays!

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  2. Isabel

    Hey Jacquie. I know, sad face x 1000! But there are so many good things to come. I’m really looking forward to meeting you soon (no pressure or anything but you better be AWESOME (ha – that’s a joke. Not a very good one though :)). Seriously, it’s been such fun and I’ve looked forward to it every week. You manage to capture the beauty in things, in this case, a field full of cows and power lines next to a highway. Props to you and your talents! It’s been a blast. And yes, will save any further mushiness for next week x ps the uni really was quiet at 2.30pm on a Tuesday afternoon, not deathly silent, because China never is, but quiet-ish. He was not the only runner on the track though, there were four or five other people running. Hard core! Puts me to shame!

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    1. birdandfox

      Oh boy, the pressure to be cool! *sweats* Haha, nah, it will be awesome when we do finally meet 🙂 Ahh yes, I thought it might be a quiet(ish) moment that you captured. And don’t worry, definitely puts me to shame too!
      Aw, thank you so much. That means an awful lot to me. I can definitely say that I’ve learnt a lot and have loved every minute of it. So thank you. Looking forward to our summary posts next week! x

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