Friday, 28 April 2017

The lure of the second hand

These photos were taken in a wonderful antiques and bric-a-brac shop on the way to Lithgow last weekend. I love this stuff but whenever I try to make it fit into my decidedly casual interior they just don't work so I admire them then go my way. I spent my formative adult years with hippie decor I could throw into a van and I guess that's sort of where I stayed :))

Have a good weekend everybody.  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

People of Ironfest 2017

Last weekend I went to a very interesting event in Lithgow, a city several hours drive from here, over the mountains. The festival of Ironfest is an alternative grunge/medieval/steampunk event with all sorts of wonderful characters setting up tents and giving  displays at the show ground. Must admit I wasn't fond of bayonet battles and canon fire (loud!) but I loved talking to various people about their interests and what brought them there. Here are some of my photos, untouched, as is. It was a cool cloudy day, perfect for roaming around having a good time!

Have a good weekend.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Reflected in water

I was down the coast and after church I went for a walk and took a few photos. I've been experimenting with a circular polarising filter. I've been told that Australian skies are blue enough and not to use them in situations such as this but I found that it cuts down on mid morning glare - like sunglasses for your camera!

Happy Easter everyone.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Hydro Majestic

In the Blue Mountains that form a natural boundary to the west of Sydney, there is a historic hotel called the Hydro Majestic. It's beautiful and has been revamped. There's glass walled cafe and gourmet goodies and trinket shop in the new section to one side where you can stop for overpriced nibbles and see the view. The original building way down the other end that looks like a little castle is now hidden from the road by giant hedges. Go figure!

The original building way down the end.

The new glassed in extension holds a bar and a gourmet food and gift shop.

It is quite a view though, isn't it? Anyway we went inside to have a look at how it's all been revamped. The big dining area that was cafeteria style in the past is now off limits unless you are guests or are there for a full meal. I have good memories of drinking amazing hot chocolate on the freezing cold balcony before driving back to Sydney in days gone by when it was casual and truly shabby chic. Now it's all historic glamour and I guess they don't want to let the riff raff in. I understand that but I sort of miss just being able to walk in for a while to reacquaint myself with the mountains. There are tea rooms and even a tea house but it isn't the same!

We explored what we could and ended up in 'Cat Alley' a corridor full of gorgeous 20's style furnishings and the scent of all sorts of exotic tea, which you can order and have there.

I couldn't resist a shiny table reflection.

I also couldn't resist taking a shot showing the view from the windows.

Have a good weekend,

A note: I've put up then taken down a few posts lately, having a existential crisis in regard to whether my photography is any good or not, technical enough, creative enough. I was feeling a lack of confidence after having good shots heavily criticized by experts at photo club. I know that's what they are there to do but sometimes it was done in a very non constructive way and felt horrid, hence the moment of 'what do I have to offer?' But I do have something to share, what I see with my eyes, so from now on I'll just post my work and own it because documenting it gave me joy and because I hope it's of interest to you.