Photo Essay

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

  • Island Weekend (5/10/2015)- © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Three (12/5/2016)- Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three! © 2016 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 […]
  • Exposed (5/8/2017)- children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • Frame of a Little Boy (9/1/2016)- delighted little boy frames happiness wanting to sleep in those gloves © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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 […]
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • The Architecture of Fear (10/27/2016)- So ingenious practical, familiar. Surrounds me in sad © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • 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: […]
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  • 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 […]
  • 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 technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important […]
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Free creative activities for impoverished children (2/26/2016)- © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Rice On the Road (8/30/2016)- We walk along wet roadside picturing the new sunlight on rice farms, fathers and hardwork. Barefeet turn drying rice as trucks beep confused alarm at the white woman and small brown boy out in unsheltered heat. Flood water rushes through our pictures, seeing all green and green and green until three heads stand staring (like the […]