Photo Essay

The latest photo essays by Mel Irvine. The poetry of pictures.

  • wet leaf Wet (10/1/2018) - dark brown muddened bract rain leaves the garden © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 7) (2/26/2017) - WEEK 7: Portrait (Faceless) Tell someone’s story without showing their face.. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your…
  • Warmth (11/18/2016) - Captivated, I am out of the car, barefeet sanded shooting light. © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 1 Warmth).
  • Road Widening (11/16/2017) - These little snaps aren’t the best shots in my collection but they do capture the essence of ‘road widening’ in the Philippines. Since 2014 roads all over the country are being widened 2 metres on either side. And it doesn’t…
  • One Sunset (1/14/2017) - She warms us, lights us. Of more is she capable, our centre, our sun. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Capable
  • The Shrine of Agtalin (10/29/2016) - The Shrine of Agtalin is a large statue of the Virgin Mary located in Pilar, Capiz (Philippines). A mass is held at the site on the first Saturday of every month, attracting thousands of Ilonggos and Ilonngas to the site. The Shrine of Agtalin (or Mama Mary) is a Catholic icon in the Visayan region.
  • Frame of a Little Boy (9/1/2016) - delighted little boy frames happiness wanting to sleep in those gloves © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • section of the front grill from an old tractor Tranche (6/7/2017) - part, piece, bit, section, chunk, segment, slice, fragment; wedge, lump, slab, hunk, parcel, tranche © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Portion I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Three (12/5/2016) - Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three! © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 11) (5/28/2017) - WEEK 11: Landscape (Reflection) Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed. I just loved the way this neon Billboard from the SM Mall in Iloilo City infused new light into a dirty street puddle. Swapping…
  • papaya blossom and buds Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 14) (6/18/2017) - WEEK 14: Landscape (Zoomed in) Most landscapes are wide sweeping images. Try an alternative and zoom in instead. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are…
  • out of focus shot of an old lady handwashing Where Will I Focus? (6/19/2017) - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts who I am is not a broken total I am the whole © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Total Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus I’m part of Post A Day…
  • portrait of Jerry in a tricycle Dogwood52 DogwoodWeek10 Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 10) (5/26/2017) - WEEK 10: Portrait (Environmental) Show a subject in their natural habitat. Their place of work or hobby is a great start. Tell their story with the environment. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments…
  • Mirror (9/23/2016) - Muddy in a city puddle I saw myself © 2016 Melinda Irvine Photos taken in Iloilo City for the Weekly Photo Challenge (Mirror).
  • Wretched Heritage (5/20/2017) - i am living a tradition my eyes pieces of tin, metal scraps for hands feet (torn nails) just look at my toes! but don’t get too close you don’t want to see all i’ve got © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly…
  • Chaos (11/18/2016) - Chaos hides out in tight coloured places.  Outside, ordered car parked rows. © Melinda Irvine
  • piece of a discarded bicycle wheel Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 15) (6/25/2017) - WEEK 15: Artistic (Metal) Cold, hard steel. Shiny Aluminum. Or even rusted and broken down. Find your inspiration in metal this week. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme…
  • Repurposed, Reused, Recycled (2/4/2017) - One thing that delights me about the Philippines is it’s dedication to repurposing, recycling and reusing everything. Filipinos are the most industrious people I have yet met when it comes to knocking something useful together at a pinch and for…
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 9) (5/20/2017) - WEEK 9: Artistic (Shadows) The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow. Interpret this into a masterpiece. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique.…
  • It’s not this time of year without … (12/2/2016) - Driving along with my mother in tow this morning, I was looking for photographs for this week’s photo challenge when I suddenly realised … It’s Not This Time of Year Without… a sign on the main road advertising prawns. A big U-turn later,…
  • And Music Filled the Old Church Once Again (10/4/2017) - Wandering the historic village of Hartley (just west of the Blue Mountains in NSW), we were thrilled when the men restoring the old Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church unlocked the front door. My Uncle Richard, whose interest in sacred  music and…
  • I Like My Poverty Behind Glass (11/3/2016) - Waiting for Jerry to finish his play-centre treat I spy the rickshaw drivers through the windows of this massive shopping centre. They work in the monsoonal rain while I drink hot coffee and photograph  them. My contribution to the Blogging-U…
  • Pink Rhododendrons in Blackheath Glorious Spring (9/23/2017) - Arriving back in Australia for glorious spring. My father is in hospital waiting heart surgery and I’m spending my waiting days photographing blossoms and remembering what it is like to write poetry. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Glorious…
  • Empty (10/25/2016) - this red bench was the 'pop of colour' i had been seeking to finish the 'developing your eye' wordpress course. there is usually an street vendor sitting here reading the newspaper while he sells sweets, fans or small plastic toys. at night he sleeps between pieces of cardboard in an alley behind an international hotel.
  • In a Natural World (11/10/2016) - when things seem crazy stillness and simplicity will allow silence © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing your Eye II (Day 4 Natural World). The featured image was also published on the ABC Open…
  • thick clouds of the islands of gigantes, Estancia Philippines. Storm (5/25/2017) - storm’s precipice monsoon strikes the mountain evanescent © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This poem was published in 50 Haikus (Volume 1, Issue 11) a literary journal featuring only Haiku poetry in open form. Daily Post: Precipice Weekly Photo Challenge:Evanescent I’m part…
  • Artivism Iloilo City (4/28/2017) - Wandering the streets of Iloilo City last month I was privileged to witness Artivisim:  a curated street art performance and collaboration sponsored by the British  Council. Artivism is a portmanteau from the words “art” and “activism” and seeks to raise awareness of…
  • The Sea Beneath Us (11/19/2016) - Photographs of street art and graffiti style murals by Melinda Irvine.
  • rust and barbed wire Rust (8/20/2018) - bawal = prohibited umihi = urinate diri = here !!!! = please
  • Bliss (9/3/2016) - dreaming hot water … and four bus hours to the city seem seconds. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Running water is something I never really thought much about. I think about it a lot now and today I would like to…
  • Exposed (5/8/2017) - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • Free creative activities for impoverished children (2/26/2016) - © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • lady with flowers Lady with Orange Flowers (11/2/2017) - paying 10 pesos for photographs and a peek into her life Day of the Dead floral tributes hand woven (her own hands) into little bamboo baskets the hands of the poor in every bunch. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily…
  • Transmogrify (11/18/2016) - TRANSMOGRIFY: transform in a surprising or magical way … Oxford Dictionary of English © Melinda Irvine
  • island kid covering his face with sand Our Oceans, Our Future (6/9/2017) - World Oceans Day! Blissfully unaware, of what we’ve done. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Crisp #WorldOceansDay #WorldOceansDay2017 #OurOceansOurFuture I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Island Weekend (5/10/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Real Market (10/31/2017) - weaved by hands hanging, basket & bauble beautiful © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Fluff Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Iloilo City (Philipppines)
  • BBQ sea snake sticks Sea Snake Snack (7/2/2017) - curious me I kinda wish I’d eaten one mmm kind of © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Snack Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient I’m part of Post A Day 2017