Photo Essay

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

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  • overloaded motorbike in rural Philippines Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 12) (6/3/2017) - WEEK 12: Artistic (Transportation) Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation. Wandering around a religious festival here in a rural province of the Philippines, I was surrounded in the simple transportation of the thousands who attended. Motorbikes and tricycles scattered under the scorching summer were given […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • 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 Prompt: Launch I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Randwick (Australia)
  • 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 it. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Path
  • Nambucca Valley (1/10/2017) - © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
  • 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.
  • 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 […]
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 of Post A Day 2017
  • Hands (2/26/2017) - shadowing me, hands speaking me, take a green line standing me, black sun © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow
  • 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).
  • Chaos (11/18/2016) - Chaos hides out in tight coloured places.  Outside, ordered car parked rows. © Melinda Irvine
  • Old Baroque Church (8/24/2015) - © 2015 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 Prompt: Mystery and Orange Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: […]
  • Solitude (9/8/2016) - one can be quiet once can be peaceful. one can be quite disturbing. © 2016 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 or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an […]
  • 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
  • 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 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 […]
  • 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).
  • 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. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part […]
  • Exposed (5/8/2017) - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • 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
  • 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, […]
  • 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 work is an important part of growing as a photographer. Unlike most photography challenges which […]
  • The Architecture of Fear (10/27/2016) - So ingenious practical, familiar. Surrounds me in sad © 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 a landscape for my more readily available cityscape, I had the local street hawkers thinking I was mad […]
  • 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 social issues through art and to utilize social media as a platform for social impact. […]
  • 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 share their work as displaying your work is an important part of growing as a […]
  • 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 encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part of growing […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Street Sound (9/1/2016) - your little cries loud; so loud you pull my ears too my eyes too, my heart. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • 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).