Photography 2018 – Miscellaneous: “CCC: ANZAC Dawn Service” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

At 6am on April 25th 2018, hubby and I attended the ‘ANZAC Dawn Service’ at Craigieburn ANZAC Park, Victoria – Australia.  For the last three years Craigieburn Camera Club members have assisted by taking photos which are donated to the RSL to share with the community. Many local community members were there alongside of those who had/have families gave/give their service to their country – Lest we forget. It was a moving service, and a privilege to be able to contribute in some way by taking photographs.  Please find here below some of the best I took that morning.

I found this poem on the Australian Memorial Website.  It was written by an eleven year-old boy…

Lest we forget

“The time has come” an Australian said,
“Bye” as he faced the door and ran ahead.
The war has started the battle begun,
Smack,boom,crash went the lethal gun.
Oww, the pain, other soldiers cried,
Most of their friends sadly died.
All the solders tried to laugh in glee,
But they all missed their family.
Every battle the bugle sang,
The soldiers heard the deafening bang.
Soon the battle is going to end,
The pain inside will never mend.
How they wished to be back home,
Safe and snug and not alone,
More and more people die,
As more soldiers painfully cry.
When it’s the end of war,
They knock happily at their door,

Soldiers go to Flanders field,
With the poppies they wield,
People look at the poppies red,
Like their blood on the graveyards head,
We remember the soldiers, who fought and died.
And all their mates fighting by their side.
We thank the soldiers who kept us alive,
And the times in war they had to survive,
We will always remember the men,
Who gave their life to defend.

Lest we forget.

By James, Aged 11

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this early morning 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 Lense. For all of the shots, I used a tripod thus ensuring I could use a slow shutter speed on my camera. 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 adventure!

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CONCLUSION

Photography is just another way I choose to improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  On this occasion, I came away thinking that I had been able to do some good for someone else by recording the event photographically – and that felt good.

Happy photography all!

 

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© Karen Robinson – May 2018

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Art and Creative Writing: “The Art of Peace” by Karen Robinson

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Image No. 1 - Art & Creative Writing 'The Art of Peace' by Karen  Robinson - Abstract Artist 20-12-2014 Acrylic Paint on HW Paper NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

Image No. 1 – Art & Creative Writing ‘The Art of Peace’ by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 20-12-2014 Acrylic Paint on HW Paper NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

My blog this week could not be about anything else, other than the terrifying and violent siege at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place, where two people lost their lives and where others were severely traumatized.  In keeping with my creative writing process, I have written the following in response to this disturbing and worrisome event, for which Australians have to date, been mostly protected from in comparison to the rest of the world.  Our resolve as a nation has not been tested like this before and it has left us shaken and questioning our future – as a once known safe place to live.  We have been known as ‘the lucky country’ and we are, and we must remain just that…  Below is a short essay on my thoughts, of what has become in the minds of Australians, a monumental event.

 

Picture by John Grainger. The first of the floral tributes stands alone at Martin Place at 5.45am -The Daily Telegraph 17/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-siege-amazing-scenes-as-sydneysiders-empty-florists-to-fill-martin-place-with-flowers/story-fni0cx12-1227157698015?nk=bb450278d46e93b005c405fcba30b6f4

Picture by John Grainger. The first of the floral tributes stands alone at Martin Place at 5.45am -The Daily Telegraph 17/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-siege-amazing-scenes-as-sydneysiders-empty-florists-to-fill-martin-place-with-flowers/story-fni0cx12-1227157698015?nk=bb450278d46e93b005c405fcba30b6f4

 

Photo by 702 ABC Sydney:  John Donegan:  The floral tribute for victims of the Syndey siege continues to grow at Martin Place, Sydney Australia 18/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/sydney-siege-photographs-of-hostage-situation/5969010

Photo by 702 ABC Sydney: John Donegan: The floral tribute for victims of the Syndey siege continues to grow at Martin Place, Sydney Australia 18/12/2014. Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/sydney-siege-photographs-of-hostage-situation/5969010

 

Title:  The Art of Peace!

“What does the ‘art of peace’ look like? It looks like this! It is a people who show their outpouring of grief through peaceful assembly where they lay flowers as a sign of respect; and a desire to show that they care about their fellow Australians.

The sudden and unexpected death of two very fine Australians during a violent siege this week in Sydney, Australia Martin Place, is a sorrowful happening and to their families, friends and work colleagues, a loss they will feel for the rest of their lives. My heart filled condolences go out to these families and friends, as the death of a loved one, killed suddenly and violently is hard to understand and harder to bare…

The way in which Australians have responded to this terrible happening, has never made me feel prouder than now, to be an Australian. The show of solidarity through a peaceful, caring and very touching way, the placing of thousands of flowers at Martin Place, has been deeply touching.

Thank you Australia for setting an incredible example to the rest of the world! It is a real expression of an ‘act of peace’ and a shape contrast to the ‘act of violence’ that has perpetrated the lives of all involved during the siege; that has perpetrated the minds and souls of Australians . . .”

 

Written by Karen Robinson

 

Photo taken by ABC News: Kylie Williams of two Australian flags form part of a public tribute to the two hostages killed at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney Australia Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-17/sydney-siege-flower-and-tributes-overflow-in-martin-place/5972412

Photo taken by ABC News: Kylie Williams of two Australian flags form part of a public tribute to the two hostages killed at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney Australia Retrieved 19/12/2014 from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-17/sydney-siege-flower-and-tributes-overflow-in-martin-place/5972412

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!

Over the course of time, I have painted a number of works of art that express may reactions to social, environmental and political events around the world.  I felt a strong desired to mark this dreadful tragedy and incredible outpouring of Australians grief with an abstract painting.

Again I wanted to use my creative writing piece to inspire an art work and is featured below titled ‘The art of peace’.  I have called it the art of piece and not the act of piece because I believe there is a real art to creating peace.  That it takes far greater strength of character to create peace than it does to create a violent act.  This is a small piece of art work which I have done on HW paper using acrylic paints.  I plan to do a larger art work of said on canvas, a meter x a meter for a forthcoming exhibition mid 2015.

 

 

PAINTING STORY

The blackness as shown in the background of the painting, is our deep and dark universe and the circular shape is our earth.  The multiple colours are representative of all the coloured flowers layed at Martin Place as a sign of respect by many Australians.  The motion within the painting represents how the news of the tragic event and the amazing outpouring of grief demonstrated in the laying of the flowers, sweep the world…  The blurring also is representative of a strong desire of a peaceful amalgamation, a peaceful unity of humanity in order that we can all live on this planet together for future generations.

 

CONCLUSION

My sister informed me this week that she had sent flowers to Sydney from Melbourne from our family…I was really touched by this act of peace….

 

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