I’ve always felt like this building had a bit of a case of mistaken identity. I live in Brisbane, which is clearly in Queensland, and yet this building is labelled with ‘Bank of New South Wales’. I realise there’s probably some sort of historical reason to which I’m not privy, but for now I like to think this block really, really wants to be part of a different state.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Once a year, Brisbane dresses up to celebrate … our river, I think? One of the coolest parts of the celebration (Riverfire) is when these military jets do a flyover around the city and riverbanks, for no particular reason really. We used to have F1-11s, which had the ability do dump fuel and set it alight. Not a very eco-friendly activity, admittedly, but it sure made for a blazing spectacle. Nowadays, we have F/A-18F Super Hornets, which don’t dump fuel, but are still super cool. I’m not sure if I’m just getting older, or if the Super Hornets are actually just really freaking loud. Pretty sure the ground shook as they flew past.
I actually really enjoy taking photos of architecture and playing around with strong lines. Unfortunately I live in Brisbane, where interesting buildings aren’t nearly as prevalent as I would like. I suppose that it just means I have to be a little more creative in finding interesting perspectives of the structures around me.
So if you’re around Brisbane and you see a weirdo looking up a lot, that might be me.
This was one of those setups that looked stunning in person, but I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to take a good photo. I took a bunch and this was the best of them – I like to think that it turned out okay.
As an aside, lanterns seem to be the go-to “thing” that Brisbane likes to bust out every time there’s some sort of nighttime cultural event going on. To be fair, this setup did look a lot better than most.
I think I am a bit more amused by the exclamation mark on the pole in the picture than I really should be. It just seems so unnecessary, because now I can’t help but feel like the pole is yelling at me, “PEDESTRIANS! PEDESTRIANS ON YOUR LEFT!!!!”
The funniest part is that I was standing on the edge of the path when I took this, with a river on my right, so the pedestrians can only be on the left of that pole. It’s just water on the right.
PS: I now have the Red Hot Chili Peppers stuck in my head, which I guess isn’t a bad thing.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Okay, I admit it. I am a real sucker for bokeh. This was as much about a really nice bird cage as it was about the amazing bokeh from the skyline in the background.
Brisbane’s not a very interesting city, so it’s almost fitting that it looks most beautiful when it’s a little out of focus. Heh sorry, that’s probably a bit mean to my city.
Before anyone accuses me of being incredibly stupid in taking this photo, I’d just like to point out that the trams were still under construction and weren’t at all functional when I took this photo. There is no way I’d stop right in the middle of a set of active tram tracks to take a photo, even if it is potentially an amazing snap. Anyway, I thought it was a rather great coincidence that the tracks bisect the “Tram Only” sign so that it says “to”, considering that the vehicle will obviously be constantly on-the-go. Actually, the middle section spells out RAIN. TO RAIN? Kind of just sounds like “train”, actually.