Happy Hardcore

On Saturdays the teens from the suburbs gravitate towards the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. They gather in groups to practice parkour, crumping and dance to happy hardcore. The happy hardcore crew are the biggest. They move slowly, deliberately, then in unison they burst into a frantic, energetic dance, all flailing limbs and dayglo colours.

Seven Mile Beach

South of Gerringong is a nature reserve called Seven Mile Beach. It won’t surprise you that it’s a beach that’s seven miles long. What did surprise, and delight me, was that there was only one other person there, and they were walking away. I was able to walk along freshly washed sand, with no sound …

Cherry Blossom in Spring

I’m still thrown by the seasons and the southern hemisphere! It’s now September, which means Spring is here. The cherry trees in the Blue Mountains are bursting forth with their blossoms, and the air is filled with the scent of the trees.

Sydney Street #2 – What is Street Photography?

If there’s one form of photography guaranteed to stir up strong opinions, it’s street photography. Why? Let’s start by understanding what is considered to be street photography. Wikipedia describes it as a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other …

Sydney Street #1

I have joined a street photography group on Meetup, as I’ve always been interested in capturing moments of life, and now that I live in (well, nearby now) Sydney, I found myself inspired when walking the streets. It’s such a vibrant city, with lives that flow and intertwine in front of my eyes every time …

Settling In and Early Morning Light

We’re still settling in to our new house. The creak of the floorboards, the sound of the birds up here in the Blue Mountains, all the little things you discover as you get to know a place. This morning I woke up early, and while my family were still sleeping I got to sit with …

Yum Cha and Green Tea on a Sunday

I’d never heard of Yum Cha before we arrived in Sydney. It has now become a firm family favourite on a Sunday, combined with a trip to visit a museum or exhibition. Ladies push trollies of dim sum around the restaurant, and as you pick delicious sounding dishes (fluffy, doughy buns filled with char sui …