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Sunday Floating Life photo 37 – closed lane, Waterloo

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Posted by on December 13, 2009 in local, photography, Sunday photo

 

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Sunday photo 36 – Surry Hills Village mall Sunday

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Posted by on December 6, 2009 in photography, Sunday photo, Surry Hills

 

Sunday photo 35: blue sitter and car

Near Central Station.

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Posted by on November 22, 2009 in photography, Sunday photo

 

Sunday photo 34

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Pausing to consult his iPhone. Spring on Cleveland Street.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2009 in photography, Sunday photo, Surry Hills

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 33 AND Friday poem 18

Is that confusing enough for you?

Peter Skrzynecki’s “Immigrants at Central Station, 1951” was the subject of my tuition session yesterday. The coachee is doing the ESL course in English. On my way I took some pictures of Central from the perspective of the speaker in the poem – as I read it anyway. (We read the poem carefully so he could see why I had chosen my angles.) Of course it isn’t 1951 any more, but I do vividly remember migrant camps, and Central Station in the 1950s. What follows the poem is a sketch commentary around that HSC topic de jour — “Belonging”.

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Immigrants at Central Station, 1951

It was sad to hear
The train’s whistle this morning
At the railway station.
All night it had rained.
The air was crowded
With a dampness that slowly
Sank into our thoughts –
But we ate it all:
The silence, the cold, the benevolence
Of empty streets.

Time waited anxiously with us
Behind upturned collars
And space hemmed us
Against each other
Like cattle bought for slaughter.

Families stood
With blankets and packed cases –
Keeping children by their sides,
Watching pigeons
That watched them.

But it was sad to hear
The train’s whistle so suddenly –
To the right of our shoulders
Like a word of command.
The signal at the platform’s end
Turned red and dropped
Like a guillotine –
Cutting us off from the space of eyesight

While time ran ahead
Along glistening tracks of steel.

Peter Skrzynecki’s “Immigrants at Central Station” describes a family who with other families has just arrived in Sydney from a migrant camp in western NSW. The poem is about the poet’s own family. As well as describing the scene, the poet tells us a lot about their feeling of not belonging in this new place and their fears about the future.

Their journey to Sydney had been through a night of rain, cutting them off from the landscape they were passing through, making them feel uncomfortable, and echoing their feelings

The air was crowded

With a dampness that slowly

Sank into our thoughts –

The families each huddle together not just for warmth but also because the only sense of belonging they have left is to the family and their few possessions represented by their luggage. In this city whose cold “benevolence” has controlled their lives for years now they feel anxious and lonely. They do not know anyone in those “empty streets”. They don’t even really know where they are going next, or what it will be like when they get there. They feel like “cattle bought for slaughter” or people about to face the guillotine. They have had very little choice in life up to now. But there is nothing they can do except to accept what they are given.

But we ate it all:

The silence, the cold, the benevolence

Of empty streets.

The whistle of the departing train which had left them at Central is a “sad” sound – the poet uses the word twice. The tracks back to where they came from are also tracks into their future. Like the steel of a guillotine blade the tracks are “glistening tracks of steel”. It could be though that the last image offers a little hope, as “glistening” does suggest light.

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— Photos – Neil Whitfield 1 November 2009

 

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Sunday Floating Life photo 32 — wisdom

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Posted by on October 25, 2009 in Sunday photo

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 31

Here’s one for spring. This is yesterday. Today is rather different.

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Sunday Floating Life photo 30

Most popular photo on the photo blog so far: Autumn sun Haymarket.

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Posted by on September 27, 2009 in blogging, photography, site stats, Sunday photo

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 29

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This appeared on the photoblog a week or so back. Enjoy. It’s in a Surry Hills side street.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in photography, Sunday photo

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 28 — warm

In celebration of signs of spring this weekend, back to when it was last really warm – March 2009.

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Posted by on August 16, 2009 in Sunday photo, Surry Hills

 

Playing with last Sunday’s photo

See Sunday Floating Life photo 27. So I decided to go all arty and try some old and new filters and such.

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Posted by on August 11, 2009 in diversions, photography, Sunday photo

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 27

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Crown Street Surry Hills – sunny winter day

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2009 in photography, Sunday photo, Surry Hills

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 26

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Posted by on July 26, 2009 in photography, Sunday photo

 

Sunday Floating Life photo 25: Gordon Syron at South Sydney Uniting Church

There is currently an exhibition of Indigenous artist Gordon Syron at South Sydney Uniting Church.

Gordon does not paint dots. "My strength in painting is political", says Syron. "I use satire and raw imagery to send a message that Australian History has left out the Aboriginal people and their stories. Art is a way to convey and tell these stories. By turning around the picture – for instance to dress Aboriginal people in Redcoats and black boots and have white people standing naked holding spears on the shore when the first fleet arrived, as in my painting The Black Bastards Are Coming, it makes people understand and comprehend history in a different way."…

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