Still Life & Random Objects #6

 

Majority of the photos I’ve collected are those of scenes and landscapes but, from time to time, while looking at a scenery, certain objects or structures stand out and catch my attention and eventually get captured into a photo.  These series of posts contain photos of these random objects, mostly taken in their normal/regular setting — not arranged or contrived as usually practiced in still life photography to attain the desired effect. Photos of some forms of art taken in the Philippines and Australia are featured in this post.

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A fish sculpture swims in morning sunlight

“Fish” / Philippines 2011 [Eden Nature Park, Davao City] : I took an early morning stroll with my camera around the sloping grounds of Eden Nature Park (after a wonderful night in one of the forest cabins) when this huge fish sculpture caught my attention. It is installed high above the entrance to the Fishing Village thus allowing me to make use of the clear blue sky as background. The morning sunlight gave a dramatic effect on the fish’s “scales”.

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T'boli woven baskets hanging on display

Baskets” / Philippines 2010 [Lake Sebu, South Cotabato] : Worn like a backpack, these native baskets were traditionally used by T’boli women to carry goods gathered from the forest as they scale up and down the mountain slopes.  The baskets in the photo are now seldom used and are mainly exotic items on display at a T’boli souvenir shop in Lake Sebu.  The raw materials used for weaving these baskets are mainly rattan and bamboo strips.

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A colorful mosaic with Aborigine wordings

“Mosaic” / Australia 2008 [Noarlungga Beach, Adelaide] : This colorful mosaic adorns the floor of a view deck overlooking the Noarlungga Beach in Adelaide, South Australia.  I did not get the exact meaning of the words inscribed, most probably Aborigine, but the beautifully arranged detail represented a unique and exciting art form.

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