So, this is a continuation from the previous post, because here we are still in Surry Hills and specifically on or around Bourke Street.
I’ve always liked this street for the leafy trees that line it, and the thought (about how much I love the trees) always pops into my head when I’m strolling along here. I feel fortunate to be a resident of this neighbourhood and happy that something so simple as walking down the street can put me in a positive frame of mind.
The old houses have a particular feel to them – some of them have seen better days, that’s for sure, and it’s not hard to come across at least a few which are undergoing renovations at any given time.
My fast paced walk usually slows when I walk along this section of the street because I particularly enjoy its varying hues of green(ish) all lined up and neatly framed by their wrought iron fencing. What can I say, I really am a simple person who finds pleasure in simple things (that most others would probably overlook).
When I was taking the preceding photo, I honestly didn’t notice the bear stuck between the rungs of the fence, such was my focus on the verdant overhang above the pedestrian. But he caught my attention eventually and I was pleased with the resulting shot – I wondered if those fine ‘hairs’ stuck to Teddy were of the canine variety, and whether there was a small human looking for him – I hope he or she was reunited with the little bear.
I actually have a very clear memory of walking down Bourke Street a few months ago with the newly purchased Fujifilm X-T1 (+ 18mm f/2), and firing a couple of shots which never made it to the Instagram feed or the blog. I remember being wholly dissatisfied with the photos, and the experience, and wondering if I’d been rash about my purchase and whether I should return the camera…
Happily, I feel very differently about it these days, and I am loving using it more and more. I admit to having referred to the manual many, many times – I guess it was a bit like learning another language after being so accustomed to using the Olympus. This is the thing about my photography journey, and I think it is much the same for many other enthusiasts like myself: the learning never stops, and it’s precisely that which keeps me returning for more.