My Australia Day. In pictures.

Smart phones have made me lazy!

What I mean by that is I seldom these days head out for a photographic sortie with my weighty Canon SLR slung over my shoulder. It’s a pain to carry versus the convenience of a smartphone with a very decent lens loitering in my pocket. It’s a shame really

So… Yesterday I was inspired to become friends with my Canon again.

I knew that there would be interesting sights aplenty on Australia Day around my local inner-city environs and it reaffirmed to me how much better a decent SLR is than a smartphone. Perhaps like trying to compare a cheap Kmart keyboard with a Steinway Grand Piano. Both are pianos but that’s where the similarities end.

Time to get serious again (Serious face on)

My Australia Day.

The 26th of January is Australia’s National Day. It is a day off work but a lot more than that. To me it also means a day of:

  • mateship
  • barbecues & beers
  • people-watching
  • happiness
  • sunshine. (Both metaphorically and hopefully literally)
  • Oh and the Triple J Top 100 Countdown.

In Melbourne the day dawned fine. It was to be around 30 Degrees C (90F). Perfect!

In the afternoon I slapped on a hat and slopped on some sunscreen and went out for a wander. No plans, just to see-what-I-could-see.

See-what-I-saw below 🙂

My Australia Day Gallery.

Something that I feel is very important to represent & acknowledge is the incredible multi-cultural heritage of Australia. In fact ‘Europeans’ have only been here for a little over 250 years versus a potential 60,000 years of continual Aboriginal habitation. The influx of migrants from Europe after the Second World War and the continued arrival of new communities and cultures should be acknowledged as an integral part of the fabric of our society.

And so it was great, as I was having a little sit down on a hot day, that a large extended family of Middle-Eastern ethnicity came and had a game of football right in front of me. The squeals of enjoyment and playing of sport was as Australian as anything I saw that day.


The perfect Photo Bomb.

However I want to sign off this post with what I believe is the perfect pic to define Australia Day to me.

As I was shooting some young, cool-looking types at the BBQ a ‘bloke’ happened to walk right into shot.

I stopped shooting when I saw him but only after he got into the first shot. I was about to delete it before I looked closer. I think this unintentional photo-bomber with ‘stumby-holder’ raised aloft in the quest of ensuring not a drop of beer is wasted is an epitome of the Aussie way. Well it is certainly my favourite shot of the day.

I look forward to getting out more with my SLR in 2016.

Don’t leave a drop mate!

Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

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