Darwinians typically tend to spend a lot of time living outdoors. I suppose it might have something to do with the tropical climate, the beautiful blue skies, and the spectacular sunsets of the dry season. There are a number of outdoor markets that take place around Darwin, some of them continuing all year long. Probably the largest and most popular is the Mindel Beach Sunset Market taking place every Thursday evening during the Dry Season. The market is lined with stalls selling (relatively) cheap take-a-way food, over-priced arts and crafts, and street performers impressing folks with all sorts of nifty tricks. Want to watch a whip snapping demonstration? It can get quite crowded so best to get there early.
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When one takes a moment to consider it, the diversity of life on this planet is truly staggering. It turns out that we happen to be expressing this diversity of life force in the form of homo sapiens. I suppose that would be considered a good thing. But what if you had been destined to express life in the form of, say, a grasshopper?
I’ve been experimenting with doing some time-lapse recently. Although I’ve played around with it a bit, video is something I haven’t really delved into much. It really takes a different mindset and you have to change your way of looking at things. So far, I’ve preferred to stick with learning one craft. Time-lapse is more like photography however, like a picture that moves. The basics of creating a time-lapse are really not that difficult, either. Unfortunately, like many things in photography, time-lapse is a bit trendy right now. But I don’t feel that because something is trendy you should let it stop you; you just have to do your best to make it your own.
This short clip is of the crowd at the Little India Festival at Mindil Beach in Darwin. I’ve taken a few time-lapses around Darwin which I was thinking of compiling into a longer clip, but the subjects are so different that I’ve decided it would be too hard to pull any kind of story out of it and it would just feel too disjointed. So, I’ll probably just post a few more of them here or on Facebook and Google+. (Unfortunately the video seems to have lost much of its clarity and vibrance on upload.) And I’ll definitely be doing more time-lapse in the months ahead.
Sometimes life feels like a continuum of change. And of course, it really is. For that reason most of us do what we can to bring some stability into our lives, grabbing on to whatever we can that makes us feel anchored. I suppose I do that too, to some extent. I like to think of myself as more adventurous than I really am, but I do seem to get a bit bored if I spend too much time in one place. I can’t really do continuous travel for more than a month or two before it gets tiresome, but I’m finding that spending six months to a year or so is a nice way to experience a place.
Given all that, my time here in Darwin is rapidly coming to a close. In about a month I’ll be heading off to the Philippines for an extended stay. What with wrapping things up here and making preparations for moving on, I haven’t had a chance to get out much with the camera. To be honest, I’ve felt like I’ve hit a wall here photographically. One should, of course, really use those sort of feelings as a challenge and an opportunity for growth, but that’s often easier said than done. With this upcoming change there will also be a lot of travel, which I’m looking forward to. I’ll be in Oregon and Washington in October with possibly a few days in San Francisco. At the end of October I’ll be in Oaxaca, Mexico for about two weeks for Day of the Dead. Sometime in the first half of next year I’d like to get to Japan and/or maybe South Korea and China, but that’s tentative ideas at this point. And of course there will be much exploring of the Philippines.
Nightcliff Pier in Darwin, Australia. Enjoy!