Photo Essay

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

  • 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…
  • 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
  • Lady Goes Out For Water (10/26/2016) - lady out for water stepping to the usual place but the only water she will carry are the tears that stain her face © 2016 Melinda Irvine A different take on the wordpress weekly photo challenge: H20
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • Taal Basilica Batangas Old Baroque Church (8/24/2015) - Photo Essay of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, (Taal) Philippines.
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • In a Natural World (11/10/2016) - when things seem crazy stillness and simplicity will allow silence © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing your Eye II (Day 4 Natural World). The featured image was also published on the ABC Open…
  • 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…
  • 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).
  • 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…
  • Nambucca Valley (1/10/2017) - © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
  • 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…
  • Transmogrify (11/18/2016) - TRANSMOGRIFY: transform in a surprising or magical way … Oxford Dictionary of English © Melinda Irvine
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  • Real Market (10/31/2017) - weaved by hands hanging, basket & bauble beautiful © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Fluff Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Iloilo City (Philipppines)
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Exposed (5/8/2017) - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • rust and barbed wire Rust (8/20/2018) - bawal = prohibited umihi = urinate diri = here !!!! = please
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • The Architecture of Fear (10/27/2016) - So ingenious practical, familiar. Surrounds me in sad © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 1) (1/6/2017) - WEEK 1: Portrait: Self Portrait Start things off right with a “selfie”! Explore the self timer setting on your camera. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants…
  • 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…
  • Three (12/5/2016) - Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three! © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • Chaos (11/18/2016) - Chaos hides out in tight coloured places.  Outside, ordered car parked rows. © Melinda 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
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 5) (2/5/2017) - WEEK 5: Landscape: Black and White Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or…
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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…