Photo Essay

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

  • Taal Basilica Batangas Old Baroque Church (8/24/2015) - Photo Essay of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, (Taal) Philippines.
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Solitude (9/8/2016) - one can be quiet once can be peaceful. one can be quite disturbing. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • wet leaf Wet (10/1/2018) - dark brown muddened bract rain leaves the garden © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • 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…
  • 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).
  • 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.…
  • Solitude (2/11/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
  • 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
  • Another view of Manila (11/6/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Free creative activities for impoverished children (2/26/2016) - © 2016 Melinda 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…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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.
  • treasure (9/10/2016) -
  • Sand (6/30/2016) - lines circles swirls space © 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
  • 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…
  • It’s gone: Tiny and Sandra B. parted (11/18/2016) - Fans were left outraged late Friday afternoon, as Sandra B. escaped her sometime boyfriend and anti-sawmilling activist Tiny Timberlake, with little more than her poise. © 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…
  • Street Sound (9/1/2016) - your little cries loud; so loud you pull my ears too my eyes too, my heart. © 2016 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).
  • Botongon Fiesta Parade 2015 (purok 4) (12/27/2015) - © 2015 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…
  • 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…
  • Nambucca Valley (1/10/2017) - © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
  • 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
  • rust and barbed wire Rust (8/20/2018) - bawal = prohibited umihi = urinate diri = here !!!! = please