The Lost Thing

I stumbled into a regional art gallery while I was exploring. They always surprise me.

The Perc Tucker gallery in Townsville had a fantastic exhibition: behind the scenes of an animated movie, Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing. 

Amazing animation, cool collages, and a thought-provoking story-line. I especially loved the explanations of where his inspiration came from: signs that we recognise from everyday life.

I’m not sure where the exhibition is headed next, but look out for it. It’s worth a visit.


Today is the tomorrow you expected yesterday.”

My very-much-cliche, out-of-focus bokeh photo wasn’t originally intended as such.

A month after the much anticipated super-moon (which caused thousands of people to ascend Mt Coot-tha hoping to catch a glimpse of a giant honey-coloured orb, only to get trapped in a traffic jam from hell), I was back up Mt Coot-tha for the next full moon.

I got there early. There were only a handful of other hopeful photographers, and so I managed to get a prime front-row spot along the lookout guard-rail. I laboriously set up my tripod and camera, got it just right.

At the expected moonrise time there was …. zip. The moon was trapped behind a layer of haze. This happened sometimes. It was such an anti-climax. The little pack of photographers waited, hoping that it would still appear.

After lots of minutes, I was convinced the moon was a no-show. I packed up my tripod and fancy camera, walked back to my car already thinking about what to have for dinner, and started to drive down the hill.

Partway down there is a gap in the trees, and at the exact moment I drove by, the moon decided to show itself.  Hovering over the Brisbane skyline. I swerved to the curb, parked the car and jumped out with my point-and-shoot. No time for fancy tripods.

In the end, NONE of my shots turned out except for a couple of accidental bokeh shots. Truly accidental, because they happened when my point and shoot failed to auto-focus. But the results were accidental beauty: a bokeh moon over little coloured bokeh lights:


And because I was going through a Prisma phase (the cool little app that creates art from photos using a bunch of different filters), I prisma’d the photos to mix it up a little more:


Cheers to you moon.

Oh, and for any in-focus stalwarts out there, here’s a recent one from a clear night.


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