Photo Essay

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

  • 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…
  • Another view of Manila (11/6/2015) - © 2015 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
  • 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.
  • wet leaf Wet (10/1/2018) - dark brown muddened bract rain leaves the garden © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Anticipation (12/22/2016) - © 2016 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Shine (10/24/2016) - the #shine on the floor pulls me away from the down and up into light … © 2016 Melinda Irvine © 2016 melinda irvine
  • Solitude (2/11/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Frame of a Little Boy (9/1/2016) - delighted little boy frames happiness wanting to sleep in those gloves © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • 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,…
  • The Sea Beneath Us (11/19/2016) - Photographs of street art and graffiti style murals by 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…
  • Nambucca Valley (1/10/2017) - © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
  • Free creative activities for impoverished children (2/26/2016) - © 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Botongon Fiesta Parade 2015 (purok 4) (12/27/2015) - © 2015 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
  • 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.
  • Sand (6/30/2016) - lines circles swirls space © 2016 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.
  • 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
  • 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…