Photo Essay

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 a penny. I only had to walk out my front door to grab a few […]
  • Exposed (5/8/2017) - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • The Architecture of Fear (10/27/2016) - So ingenious practical, familiar. Surrounds me in sad © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Sand (6/30/2016) - lines circles swirls space © 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 […]
  • 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 tell you they looked cute. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Edible and Savor I’m […]
  • 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 […]
  • Frame of a Little Boy (9/1/2016) - delighted little boy frames happiness wanting to sleep in those gloves © 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.
  • Solitude (2/11/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
  • Botongon Fiesta Parade 2015 (purok 4) (12/27/2015) - © 2015 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
  • 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. […]
  • 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).
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. […]
  • 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 I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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 […]
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • Another view of Manila (11/6/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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 are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part of […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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
  • 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 technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important […]
  • 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