A Snapshot of Two Cities #6

7:07, 24/8/2015, Nara, Japan

BNzkndfkjvbnxdlkfnbjgfargh! I think this is the CUTEST photo I’ve seen in a long time. Look at how blissfully happy that deer is! And I love how the light picks up all the little fuzzy hairs. So super cute, Isabel!

10:48, 22/8/2015, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

10:48, 22/8/2015, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

I went into the city last Saturday for a friend’s birthday party turned scavenger hunt. Before the madness began, Mr. birdandfox and I walked around Carlton Gardens so I could grab a few photos. I was surprised at how empty the garden was, mid-morning on a Saturday. I had to quickly snap this one so the man on the bench didn’t think I was a weirdo stalker person. #eventhoughiwas

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.



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.


  1. Isabel

    Birthday party turned scavenger hunt?! How fun! My best friend had her hen’s weekend in Daylesford last year and her sister arranged the most amazing scavenger hunt around the area, one challenge was to go into a pub, order a drink and serenade the bartender with toy musical instruments given to us in a bag…it was pretty funny.

    I don’t think I realised how much I would actually ENJOY having to come up with a photo each week for our project. I really look forward to it!

    By the way, I am a total photography stalker like you, always snapping at people while they’re not looking…a personal challenge I’ve set myself is, before I leave China, to actually approach someone, say ‘the colour of your hat looks so lovely in this light etc’ and take a proper portrait (OK, it will be a better compliment than that!). My friend Ivy who is an amazing photographer has this lovely gentle manner of approaching people, so they want her to take their pic, but I’m not brave enough…yet. x


    1. birdandfox

      Haha oh boy that serenade using toy instruments would have been a priceless moment, I’m sure! The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun. I reckon I did about 50 things that day that I never thought I would do and it’s a cool way to see the city. My feet were ACHING at the end though – 4 hours of running around oughta do that.

      Photographing other people is a funny thing, isn’t it? You can get some amazing shots but I’ve never dared ask someone to take a portrait. I hope you can get your portrait! I really enjoy our collab too 😀 It’s so much fun! Thanks for commenting x


Leave a reply