Last weekend I did a little tour of the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Living in the inner west I very rarely visit the upper North Shore - only at Christmas or New Year to go camping at Palm Beach/The Basin. In early spring the weather was pretty wild and windy and I had most of the beaches to myself. I visited Turimetta Head and checked out some of the smaller beaches between Mona Vale and Avalon. Pictures are by the Leica R3 with 35mm Elmarit lens or the Contax IIa and the 50mm Sonnar.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Last weekend I drove up to Mona Vale to have a look around - in ten years in Sydney I have seen almost nothing of the Northern Beaches. It wasn't a great day for it - a very bleak and windy grey spring day. I walked up from the golf course to a sea pool and had the whole beach to myself except for a couple of cormorants spreading their wings on a telephone line - why do they have a phone line running to an isolated rock pool like this?
Thought I'd explore the river/harbour nearest our house. This road bridge spans the middle reaches of Parramatta river, between Rhodes and Ryde. I cross it all the time but have never seen it from the side. This is looking east [downriver].
Took this pic in the late afternoon at the place near my house where the bridges cross the Parramatta River - this rail bridge connects Rhodes to Meadowbank, ie Strathfield to Hornsby Line.
Last Sunday I took the boys down to Norton St, the heart of Sydney's Italian district - to the coffee bar that started it all - Bar Italia. Still going strong and still selling great coffee and gelato.
Bessa R3 and Leitz Summaron 35mm
Friday, September 21, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
A short walk from the harbour bridge, Blues Point is due west on the northern side and is marred by an incredibly ugly tower block designed by Austrian migrant Joseph Seidler. His brutal concrete high rise looks like a slab of bleak East Berlin dropped in to the verdant harbourside. Blow it up - now.
Leica R3 and 35mm Elmarit-R, Kodak Elite Chrome ASA100.