Photography 2019 – People: “Craigieburn ANZAC Ceremony” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

 

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INTRODUCTION

It was a true privilege to join some of my fellow Craigieburn Camera Club Members at this year’s Craigieburn ANZAC Ceremony at the Craigieburn Garden of Remembrance.  We were invited by Kevin O’Callaghan (President of the Craigieburn War Memorial & Remembrance Committee Inc) to take photographs of the event for their members and families. The early morning was beautiful for an Autumn day, no rain or wind which meant we could all stand outdoors without fear of bad weather.  The mood of the crowd respectful and serious as they took time to remember those who served in the defence of their country.  As I developed this range of photographs, I took note of the solemn looks on the faces of some of the men and women who proudly wore war medals of great merit.  And others huddled in small groups to share the company of those who understood, understood what it meant to go to war, to come home again, to leave behind so many – to remember…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens, and a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs, I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them, I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography task.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

As stated above…it was a true privilege to be able to take photographs during this event.  I felt very humbled to be in attendance and grateful – thankful.

 

 

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – May 2019

 


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Melbourne: Federation Square “Street Art – Lest We Forget…” Photo Story No. 10 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORY No. 10 – “5000 Poppies Project

Photo No. 5 of 12 - Anzac Day March at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia featuring Australia’s first own car – its hood here blanketed with a sheath of poppies photo taken by Karen Robinson 25.4.2015.JPG

Photo No. 5 of 12 – Anzac Day March at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia featuring Australia’s first own car – its hood here blanketed with a sheath of poppies photo taken by Karen Robinson 25.4.2015.JPG

 

My husband and I took the opportunity to travel into Melbourne City Centre – Federation Square on Anzac Day to view the amazing 5000 Poppies Project.  We were so touched by this extraordinary community street art display of thousands of poppies that had been hand crafted by so many volunteers.

Over the last two years, an Australian wide group of volunteers as well as some volunteers from other countries, knitted and crocheted for the “5000 Poppies Project“.  Their target goal was 5,000 poppies but to their surprise they were able to achieve more than 250,000 poppies in all.  These poppies were then assembled and displayed at Federation Square, Melbourne Australia in commemoration of Australia’s 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.  These small gifts of time and energy in the way of a crafted poppy – were a community representation of ‘respect and remembrance to honour Australia’s servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations (Fed Square 2015).

 

 

SLIDE SHOW OF PHOTOS TAKEN – 5000 POPPIES ANZAC CENTENARY PROJECT

 

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MY FAVOURITE POPPY DISPLAY – The Holden FX featuring a Poppy Display on its Car Hood!

At the commencement of the Anzac Parade, I spotted a fleet of General Motors Holden FX 48-215 motor vehicles which were being featured in this ANZAC Centenary Parade Melbourne.  The Holden FX was Australia’s first own car, and became a definitive model for millions of cars – Australian production with American styling!  The Holden also met the design needs of the Australian suburban driver by taking into account the Australian environment, thus they were a robust and economical family sedan. The first Holden was delivered off the Fishermen’s Bend assembly line on the 29th November 1948.  It became a car that represented dreams of prosperity, of freedom, of independence after wartime conformity (National Museum Australia 2015).  I remember my own family owning a Holden, so it is no wonder that I loved photographing this historical Australian motor vehicle…

 


MY COMMENTS

An incredible community street art project and event, created by the generosity of so many volunteers – makes me proud to be an Australian. If you would like to know more about their project please click here!

 

Photo No.23 of 52 – 5000 Poppies Project at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 25.4.2015 NB All images are protected by copyright.JPG

Photo No.23 of 52 – 5000 Poppies Project at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 25.4.2015 NB All images are protected by copyright.JPG

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the ‘Street Art’ featured in Melbourne’s Federation Square – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

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