Photo Essay

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

  • Transmogrify (11/18/2016)- TRANSMOGRIFY: transform in a surprising or magical way … Oxford Dictionary of English © Melinda Irvine
  • Ambience (1/20/2017)- Tuesday was my last afternoon in Australia for possibly a year or more and the sun’s golden ambience lit every tiny detail. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience
  • 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 Prompt: Mystery and Orange Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: […]
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 5) (2/5/2017)- WEEK 5: Landscape: Black and White Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white. 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 work is an important […]
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 6) (2/8/2017)- WEEK 6: Artistic (Candy) Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography. 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 work is […]
  • Frame of a Little Boy (9/1/2016)- delighted little boy frames happiness wanting to sleep in those gloves © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • The Sea Beneath Us (11/19/2016)- Photographs of street art and graffiti style murals by Melinda Irvine.
  • A Beginning (2/27/2017)- each thing has a core a tiny centre somewhere to begin and bind © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match
  • 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 I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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 responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying […]
  • Botongon Fiesta Parade 2015 (purok 4) (12/27/2015)- © 2015 Melinda Irvine.
  • 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).
  • Landscape (11/13/2016)- © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution for the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 6 Landscape). In addition to experimenting with cropping the image (as suggested in the resource page), I decided to apply a blurring filter to shift the point of focus.
  • Anticipation (12/22/2016)- © 2016 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation
  • 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 Photo Challenge: Heritage
  • Reality (8/8/2016)- The window is open The curtains are curled The sun shines brightly I can’t hear a sound Nothing is broken All lights are on No-one inside I am not afraid of the four rapid gun-shots © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • rust and barbed wire Rust (8/20/2018)- bawal = prohibited umihi = urinate diri = here !!!! = please
  • Pieces of Pink (5/12/2017)- random memories fairy floss, flowers, kids, poo all my year in pink © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Pink
  • Solitude (2/11/2017)- © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 2) (1/10/2017)- WEEK 2: Landscape: Traditional Landscape Shoot a beautiful landscape and share it with the world. Find a nice foreground and don’t forget the sky. 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 work […]
  • 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.
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 4) (1/28/2017)- WEEK 3: Portrait: Headshot You shot a selfie, now shoot a “selfie” of someone else! 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 work is an important part of growing as a photographer. […]
  • Solitude (9/8/2016)- one can be quiet once can be peaceful. one can be quite disturbing. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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 express my gratitude for all things indoor plumbing here in the city. Like clean water, […]
  • Three (12/5/2016)- Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three! © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part […]
  • Free creative activities for impoverished children (2/26/2016)- © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Street Sound (9/1/2016)- your little cries loud; so loud you pull my ears too my eyes too, my heart. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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 a penny. I only had to walk out my front door to grab a few […]
  • 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, mum’s sitting under a tree, windows down and door open while I’m interrupting traffic flow […]
  • 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 2017 Arjen’s mother laments abandoning her jackfruit tree, her brother-in-law sold the land and gave […]
  • 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 or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an […]
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 1) (1/6/2017)- WEEK 1: Portrait: Self Portrait Start things off right with a “selfie”! Explore the self timer setting on your camera. 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 work is an important part of […]
  • The Architecture of Fear (10/27/2016)- So ingenious practical, familiar. Surrounds me in sad © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Island Weekend (5/10/2015)- © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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 old church organs goes back decades and decades, delighted everyone with a short piece from […]
  • black and white mural (close up of eyes and fingernails) Fragments of Artivism (5/27/2017)- creativity an urban reprieve outside collective focus Artivism was a curated street art collaboration of Ilonggo Artists sponsored by the British Council. The gallery in this blog is a collection of fragments I photographed from the complete work which spans a carpark wall (adjacent to Robinson’s Place) in Quezon Street, Iloilo City. Learn more about Artivism here. […]
  • graffiti in Iloilo City Unknown Artists (6/15/2017)- city speaks her name lurid voices piss, the stained human shit a siren behind their streets his only triumph © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Triumph I’m part of Post A Day 2017 This is my contribution for the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 10 Triumph).