Black and white trams

A couple of years ago a tramway (or light rail) was built in Canberra for the first time. I recently took some photos of the tram as it waited for a young woman with a big dog to board, and then compared my photos with one from my father’s war album, showing some soldiers standingContinue reading “Black and white trams”

Black and white small boats

In 2014 on a visit back to Brisbane I saw a little boat moored near mangroves, with nothing on it but an old un-upholstered deck chair. I imagined the skipper sitting in comfort and drifting over the bay as he fished. A humble man who liked simple pleasures. I took a colour photo, but todayContinue reading “Black and white small boats”

Black and white carved stonework

I have this photo of the partial interior of an Egyptian mosque in about 1941, its archway and internal structures embellished with carved stonework. I don’t know the two soldiers in the image, but I bet they were looking at all this carving and painting with mouths agape. It’s a photo from my father’s WorldContinue reading “Black and white carved stonework”

Black and white basilicas

Today I’m comparing two black and white photos of basilicas. Recently I drove to the end of a street leading to a bushwalk up a hill and found a Ukrainian church near the beginning of the path. It’s very appealing, a pretty Byzantine-style church that looks larger than it is. It was closed that dayContinue reading “Black and white basilicas”

Black and white sailboats

There’s a photo of feluccas in my WWII collection, a captivating image of Egyptian boats sailing on the Nile. It doesn’t make me want to sail on one, but it does hold my complete attention with its beauty of vast white sails amid blacks and whites and greys. The grace and fullness of their sails,Continue reading “Black and white sailboats”

Black and white holes in the wall

There’s a photo in my father’s collection that makes me look again, every time. It’s a view through a remnant of an Egyptian building, a stone wall, to a mosque a short distance away. To compare it with one I took with a digital camera, a small Sony I had in 2013 (not as goodContinue reading “Black and white holes in the wall”

Black and white fountains

Continuing with my posts about black and white photos from the 1940s, and comparing them with my own recent snaps in black and white, today I’m comparing two fountains. The photo on the left was taken in 1941 in the Helwan Gardens in Egypt. I haven’t been able to find another image of this fountainContinue reading “Black and white fountains”

365 Unusual Things: 57-63

57. Saw a coastline covered in sandstone rock formations resembling skulls. 58. Saw a pink stingray that blended into the driftline. 59. Saw a small river party boat named Queen Mary, reminding me humorously that my father went to the Middle East in 1941 on the Queen Mary. 60. Parliament House in Canberra has beenContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 57-63”

Black and white corner buildings

In a few earlier posts about my father’s collection of old black and white photos, I compared one of my own recent images of a similar structure in the part of Australia where I live. But today I’ve chosen a photo I took in 2015 when I was in Barcelona marvelling at the arty buildingsContinue reading “Black and white corner buildings”