Saturday, 6 August 2016

5 in 5 - MELANIE - August 2016

Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography.  Every month since the start of this challenge Melanie has taken part in this monthly meme and as she doesn't have her own blog I post here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part, so over to you Melanie:

Hi this month my 5 in 5 is a very staged 5 in 5.  No spontaneous snaps.  This month in and around Adelaide there is the South Australian festival of arts:- Sala.

I  checked out a few of the venues with exhibitions and my intention was to go to two today and hopefully find between the two a five minute slot to take photos.  My day turned out completely not what I planned.  I didn’t even make it to one venue so I needed to think again for a photo subject and it needed to be something around my home. Since the 5th of the month has fallen on a Friday I decided to use a snapshot of our regular Friday activity as my 5 in 5 photos.  Most Fridays we cook pizzas and our daughter and grandson join us to eat them.  Today was no exception but our grandson was around helping with most of the prep.  He loves being involved and did all the measuring of the ingredients for the pizza dough and had fun when helping rolling out the dough.  He is two so I will leave the image of his rolling out dough to your imagination and just add it involves tasting the raw dough.  I took my photos at the point when all the prep was done and the oven was on heating but before the dough was being rolled and the pizzas assembled for cooking.  In the top left hand photo the dough is ready for rolling.  In the top right hand photo some topping ingredients.  In the bottom left hand photo there is the pizza oven , this is an outdoor gas oven.  Then there are two photos on the right hand side bottom one of two cheese toppings, feta and haloumi and the other with tomato for a margarita pizza and a topping of asparagus and capsicum.  That is it for August.  Hopefully I shall get to see some of the Sala exhibitions but they are only around for the month of August so no good for the next 5 in 5. I shall just have to put my thinking cap on for September.

Thank you for joining in Melanie, I really enjoyed the photos and telling of Friday traditions.  Cooking pizza is something we like to do, especially with my granddaughters. They like to make their own toppings too but I have never seen an pizza oven like yours. I'm rather impressed!  I hope you get to the festival of arts, lucky you to have it so close to home.  


If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and take part this post will answer questions and give the information that you need. And if you want to see other 5 in 5 photos for this month just go to the original post.

Hopefully Melanie will be back next month and I look forward to you joining us. Thank you for popping by, it is great to have your company.

Friday, 5 August 2016

5 in 5 - August 2016 - A Sadness of Sewing Machines

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

Sometimes I plan my monthly photos in advance, other times I happen upon an idea unexpectedly. I like when this happens because there is a thrill with spontaneity, but this time there was also a sunken heart as it was a sad sight I came across.  A graveyard of sewing machines.  I kid you not.  One piled against the antique shop wall, and others into a crate.   

But even in this sad state I saw beauty.  The classic black bodywork with painted decoration that softens the metal and makes each machine individual. And the intricate workings that would have once beat a rhythm as the needle cast its thread.

Who would have sewn on these machines?
Was it used for pleasure, to make something that would be loved?
Or would it be a means to providing an income or essentials? 

Lots of questions passed by as I stood looking at these discarded piles.  Some had labels, no doubt from when they were in better condition and possible to sell and restore. Now? I only see sculpture, or rust to take prints with.  Or maybe a poem or story in the making.  It did spark another idea, and if anything comes from that I will let you know.

How about you? Do you like to plan photos or act on spontaneity? 


It is always fun to have company in this photo challenge so a big thank you to Mary-Lou, Borqna, Maggie, Joy, Melanie, Gill, Karen and Eileen for taking part last month.

And YOU would be very welcome to join in too, so if you feel inspired here is what you do:

1.  Choose a location.
2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).
4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.
5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.  

   Please note:
You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos to the link and you can take  your photos any time. They do not have to be taken or posted on 5th!
If you would like more information please go to the original post here where you will find more.

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