All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

This week’s photo challenge is geometry.

For a long time I’ve had a habit of taking one ‘snapshot’ of a major landmark followed by several dozen abstracts of the same subject. I do this not because I want to render the famous building unrecognisable, but because I love the shapes and rhythms of our world.

I will leave it to you to identify what famous Australian landmark this is, there’s no fun in just telling you :)

“Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.”
~  Gustave Flaubert ~

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Ten years in Australia: #6. Melbourne vs Sydney

This week marks the tenth anniversary of my arrival in Australia!

In celebration, throughout this week I will be sharing some of my favourite photographs of this great country.

For as long as I’ve been in Australia I’ve had to endure the perennial argument of ‘which is better, Melbourne or Sydney?’

To say I have become bored with this debate is an understatement. After all, both cities have their positive and negative aspects, both are ludicrously expensive, neither are better than Inverness and everyone knows Melbourne whips Sydney’s ass anyway!

And anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly living in denial.

So to end this argument once and for all, let’s ask some seagulls (whom we all know are the discerning critics of the sky) which city they prefer to hang out in?

Melbourne (Victoria) © Addy

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Sydney (New South Wales) © Addy

So there we have it, the seagulls have spoken. At a whopping 6:1 ratio, Melbourne is by far the better city! End of debate.

Note: no seagulls were bribed with delicious chips in the taking of these photographs (as such actions would be incredibly unscientific!)

 


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Ten years in Australia: #5. Daylesford Sunset

This week marks the tenth anniversary of my arrival in Australia!

In celebration, throughout this week I will be sharing some of my favourite photographs of this great country.

Daylesford Sunset (Daylesford, Victoria 2004) © Addy

Anyone who has ever glanced at my header image will know I have a passion for sunsets. For as long as I can remember the colours that ignite the sky during this brief period of the day have held me in a hypnotic thrall.

Fortunately, Australia rarely disappoints in this area. Over the last ten years  I’ve witnessed dozens of breathtaking sunsets in this fair land, none more impressive than the spectacle that was on show when my parents and I visited Daylesford in late 2004.

 


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Ten years in Australia: #5. The National Gallery of Victoria

This week marks the tenth anniversary of my arrival in Australia!

In celebration, throughout this week I will be sharing some of my favourite photographs of this great country.

One of my favourite places in Melbourne is the Ian Potter Centre, which houses the National Gallery of Victoria‘s Australian Art collection. Back in the day this was a regular haunt of mine, with countless days of my life spent roaming the rooms and corridors of this magnificent building, especially the Indigenous Art collection on the ground floor.

It’s been over a year since I was in Melbourne, over two years since I last had the opportunity of exploring this most wonderful of galleries. Until I get the opportunity to visit it once more I have to make do with the memories of past visits and a selection of photographs I took when I spent a few hours in the gallery to escape a vicious storm when I was homeless.

If you ever visit Melbourne (or are a resident of this fair city) the NGV Australia is a must-visit destination. I guarantee you will not be disappointed :)

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Ten years in Australia: #4. Coffee Break

This week marks the tenth anniversary of my arrival in Australia!

In celebration, throughout this week I will be sharing some of my favourite photographs of this great country.

Coffee Break (Port Campbell, Vic 2004) © Addy

One of my happiest memories of the last ten years is my parent’s visit to Australia in late 2004. After two years of being away from my family, seeing them again was tremendously exciting, especially as I was able to take time off work and spend three weeks showing them my new home. Trips to Melbourne Zoo, St. Kilda, Carlton, Chapel Street and the Aquarium were followed by a four-day jaunt along the Great Ocean Road.

My mother fell in love with the Otway Rainforest, my father braved the Antarctic currents off the coast of Port Fairy and I took a panoramic photograph of my parents enjoying a coffee break on my new (at the time) digital camera.

Following our adventure along the Great Ocean Road, trips to the Grampians (my first and only visit to tis beautiful area), Daylesford, Phillip Island and Healesville created lifelong memories for my parents and I.

 


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1 Photo (of me…)

Is this cheating? Technically it is a photograph of me, for that is indeed my wonderous shadow.

Sure, it isn’t a recognisable image (as some would probably expect from the prompt) but at least you don’t have to cast your eyes over my ugly mug! Instead, just bask in the spectacular scenery of the Wilson’s Prom.

Challenge completed! :-)

The next challenge…

For some inexplicable reason – perhaps due to my somewhat odd mood at the moment – I have decided to take on three challenges next month! If I succeed, I will treat myself to a cupcake (and/or a pat on the back, depending on what I can afford). If I fail, so be it…there’s always December!

WordPress Daily Prompts              
Throughout the month of November I will be taking on the daily prompts WordPress post on their Daily Post blog. In the past these prompts have included: What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you? and Write about a time you had a Goldilocks experience, exploring different choices and finally arriving at “just right.”

So who knows what delights I will face over the coming thirty days?

You can find the posts I publish under this challenge in the category ‘WordPress Postaday Nov2012′ :)

NaNoWriMo              
I only discovered the existence of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) last week so my decision to partake in this challenge could be a futile one. However, considering I am pushing myself to clear the various obstacles blocking my road to recovery (my fear of my writing being a primary one), I feel this a productive challenge to take on.

You can follow my progress on the blog I have set up to house my novel attempt: Little Bit of Red or follow the weekly updates that I will publish here to keep track of my progress.

30 Days of Kink              
In a departure from my usual blog challenges, this November I have decided to explore my sexual side with a blog challenge discovered on myturnto’s blog Growing Up Little.

Given the nature of these posts they will not be to everyone’s taste (and will be password protected) but as I continue on this journey of mine, I think it’s important to devote some time to exploring this side of my personality and its effect on my MH.

If you would like to read these posts, please contact me via the Password Protected Page to receive the password.