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
  • Avoca Street (9/29/2017) - Randwick is awash with spring blossoms! I love the way the white blooms and their dark brown twiggy branches launch the most beatiful layers of little windows to the sky. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered Daily…
  • Don't block the driveway painted on a garage door The City Speaks (5/30/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Radiate I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • a study in colour by melinda j. irvine2 A 3 Minute Study in Colour (1/16/2018) - Wet season in the Philippines and you spend weeks covering the whole room in art cut-outs and arranging brightly coloured stuff for photographs.
  • 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
  • The Path of 2016 (12/31/2016) - In many ways this little beetle represents my path during 2016. I felt trapped and surrounded by adversity, not just falling but ready to jump. I found it really, really difficult to see the beauty around me. I’m glad I made…
  • experimenting with high high portraiture this little boy and his teddy bear Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 13) (6/9/2017) - WEEK 13: Portrait (High Key) Expose to the right and create a light, airy high key portrait. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to…
  • Botongon Fiesta Parade 2015 (purok 4) (12/27/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine.
  • 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…
  • Taal Basilica Batangas Old Baroque Church (8/24/2015) - Photo Essay of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, (Taal) Philippines.
  • 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…
  • eat your mangos by Melinda J. Irvine Girls Eat Mangos (8/23/2017) - Riding home from the market earlier I spotted these two little girls sitting in a busted-up bicycle rickshaw eating mangos. I’m not sure why the little one in front was wearing half a plastic bottle on her head, but I…
  • 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…
  • Christmas with Purok Quatro (12/23/2015) - This was one of the craziest Christmas party’s I have attended. Not sure I’d do it again, but friends make it all worthwhile.
  • Filipino boy eating BBQ stick of eels Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 16) (7/2/2017) - WEEK 16: Portrait (Movement) Most portraits are stationary, so this week explore adding some movement. Dancing, twirling, or even hair flips. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or…
  • Three (12/5/2016) - Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three! © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • Exposed (5/8/2017) - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 8) (5/11/2017) - WEEK 8: Landscape (Wide Angle/Panorama) This is a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique.…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
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  • 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…
  • Transmogrify (11/18/2016) - TRANSMOGRIFY: transform in a surprising or magical way … Oxford Dictionary of English © Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • Island Weekend (5/10/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 3) (1/23/2017) - WEEK 3: Artistic: Red Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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
  • Another view of Manila (11/6/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • The Sea Beneath Us (11/19/2016) - Photographs of street art and graffiti style murals by Melinda Irvine.
  • 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
  • Nambucca Valley (1/10/2017) - © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
  • 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…
  • 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