Brisbane Wheel.

This post is my submission for Cardinal Guzman Monthly Photo Challenge – The Changing Seasons.

I’ve been thinking about this challenge for a while now, trying to decide on a location – this has to be a place where I can return each month to record around 20 photos. The idea is to document the changing seasons, and to hone our skills. Living in Brisbane, Australia, we don’t have “true” seasons as in the northern hemisphere. Our hottest month is January, with an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius during the day and around 20 degrees Celsius overnight. The coldest month is August with an average temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius in the daytime and around 9 degrees Celsius overnight. This is why I live here πŸ™‚ although, it can be a little too hot and sticky in summer! Along with being the hottest month, January is usually the wettest month as well. Today was the first chance I’ve had to address this challenge and it was an overcast and drizzly day.

In 1988, Brisbane hosted “World Expo”, which my family and I went to. We were taken out of school and drove 10 hours to Brisbane for a week at Expo – it was a fantastic experience. To host Expo, Brisbane developed a section of the riverbank, called The Southbank Parklands. Southbank forms my subject for today’s challenge. It is home to the Qld Museum, The Science Centre, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Performing Arts Centre, the State Library – it is the cultural hotspot of Brisbane and full of cafes, restaurants and a great atmosphere.

Given the overcast nature of today, I decided to shoot mainly in black and white – with a few pops of colour here and there. I have well over 50 photos that I wanted to share, but have agonised and chosen this gallery below as the best representation of the day. I do hope you enjoy them. If you would like to participate in Cardinal’s challenge, please check out the link at the top of this post.

Below this gallery, I’ll post a little more information about some of the features from today’s shoot, if you are interested.

The World Turns: The Elephant, The Kuril (local native water rat) which looks the Elephant in the eye and a Chair. Artist:Β New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai. It’s a great piece, which draws people in, young and old, to ponder what it means. It is an elephant-shaped bookend that is tipped over. “With warm blessing and consent of traditional Elder Uncle Des Sandy, The World Turns acknowledges the kuril as the caretaker of the site, who upends the elephant with all its cultural and intellectual weight. Visitors may sit on the chair and contemplate the work, with their gaze directed at the kuril.” (QAGOMA website).

The Sisters: This sculpture is by Ante Dabro, of two sisters – they are life-size bronze nudes.

G20 Brisbane Sign: Commissioned for the G20 celebrations in 2014, this sign stands 3m high and 25m long. Each of the letters was decorated by a different Queensland association including Amnesty International, the Multicap Association and Queensland Country Women’s Association. Design student Aaron Couples from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) designed the shape of the letters and said he was approached by producers behind the G20 after they spotted his set design at a local theatre.” (Jessica Hinchcliffe, 612ABC Brisbane).

City Cycle: There are 150 of these cycle-hire spots all over Brisbane. There are various subscriptions that you can purchase to allow you varied access to the bikes.

If there’s anything that you’d like to know more about, please let me know in the comments.

Have a great day!

x desleyjane

Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

46 replies on “Beautiful Brisbane – January 2015

  1. Wow! Great photos and gallery, Desley! I actually feel like I’ve been to a new place! I love the way you showed the sisters from different angles. Lines, light, shadows….you’ve got it all in these pictures. I’m sure others can comment more on the elements of your photography. Thanks for sharing the background stories too. I can tell I will be back to look at this post many times!

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  2. I loved visiting your city via this well prepared gallery. Brisbaine is so beautiful. Your pics’ composition is not only beautiful but very thoughtful.
    I felt like being there.
    And what a marvelous weather! Envy you.
    Looking forward to next ones.

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    1. Thank you dearest. I was not such a fan of the weather yesterday! It was 30 degrees Celsius and very humid, with light rain – so sticky! But I shouldn’t complain, it’s a fabulous place.
      Thank so much for coming on this tour, I do appreciate your words so much. xoxox


      1. You make me reaaaaaaly envy you! Even humidity is better than two weeks of intermitent rain, strong winds and low temps. I am postponing shooting every day I try to go out to start the Cardinal challenge!
        Hey lady, you make great photos because you have great sensibility. Nothing to thank me for! Xxx

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    1. It was very cool. There were 7 of these columns that you could walk between, it’s actual video tape. The artist is fascinated by the memories that the tape Dan hold and yet it’s becoming obsolete.
      Thanks love x.

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    1. Thank you.
      UQ is a beautiful campus, and you can catch the rivercat (ferry) up the river to the city and Southbank (the subject of my post). The river is quite winding and there are a few footbridges to get from one side to the other. Enjoy your time here, please let me know if you have any other questions.


  3. Ooh, you’re joining Cardinal’s challenge! Excellent πŸ™‚ I’d like to join the team too, but first need a location, which isn’t as easy as it sounds because I’ll be moving soon but don’t yet know where exactly… So there are plenty of possibilities open for me, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing your and everyone’s seasons!

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  4. It’s a snowy, cold day here in Canada. With temperatures plummeting to -16 degrees Celsius tonight, your humid, sticky weather sounds pretty inviting right about now πŸ˜‰ You’ve got a great collection of photos. I love the black and white theme, with a few colored photos interspersed. It heightens the senses. I love the row of bikes, makes me want to bring my bike out of the garage and hop on, but sadly too much snow. Oh well, there’s always the exercise bike. Looking forward to seeing how you capture the seasons in your future posts.

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    1. Oh wow! I have never experienced that level of cold!! I’ve been out in zero or just below (Celsius) but can’t imagine -16!! I would like to experience it one day. It stormed the next day and has been a little cooler ever since, but that overcast-ness keeps hanging around. January is a strange month in Brisbane. It can get to 40 degrees C and we have so many storms and hail. The storms are beautiful to watch.


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