Photo Essay

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

  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • Anticipation (12/22/2016) - © 2016 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation
  • Nambucca Valley (1/10/2017) - © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Transmogrify (11/18/2016) - TRANSMOGRIFY: transform in a surprising or magical way … Oxford Dictionary of English © Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • Taal Basilica Batangas Old Baroque Church (8/24/2015) - Photo Essay of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, (Taal) Philippines.
  • 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…
  • wet leaf Wet (10/1/2018) - dark brown muddened bract rain leaves the garden © 2018 Melinda J. 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)
  • Another view of Manila (11/6/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Botongon Fiesta Parade 2015 (purok 4) (12/27/2015) - © 2015 Melinda Irvine.
  • Solitude (2/11/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
  • Street Sound (9/1/2016) - your little cries loud; so loud you pull my ears too my eyes too, my heart. © 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…
  • 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
  • Three (12/5/2016) - Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three! © 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…
  • 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…
  • The Sea Beneath Us (11/19/2016) - Photographs of street art and graffiti style murals by Melinda Irvine.
  • 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
  • Solitude (9/8/2016) - one can be quiet once can be peaceful. one can be quite disturbing. © 2016 Melinda Irvine