Gateways to the past and the future: Doors & Windows

Openings in walls created to enable the passage of things, many and varied things.

Openings in walls blocked to prevent the passage of things, many and varied things. 

They amaze me.

Some are for people or animals to pass through, others for light to filter through, or perhaps to catch a breeze. 

Camilliansthey’re  barriers that shun or block outsiders or hold captive insiders, openings through which to greet and welcome … or eject …. shapes to be decorated or neglected …. their role can evolve over time, or fade away.

Many have a history, a single door might one day have been castle protector, later the entrance to a cathedral and then later again a barrier to freedom for prisoners held within. The Bastille from money storage to misery creation to dust.

There are monastery gates and doors that are now a canvas for graffiti.  A farm gate becomes a garden centrepiece – from a tool to a decoration – from practical purpose to artistic application. Each has a story.  To peer through you can often get a glimpse of history of stories (glory, gory and ordinary), not just the physical that lays beyond.

Others simply rust, rot and fall apart, or stand naked amongst the rubble that was once the wall that held them fast, that adorned them, that gave them purpose, that made them a door or a window or a gate.

I invite you to notice them as you pass by, they can be a treasure trove of visual pleasure, an ironic reflection of local events or history, a sad reflection of times past/or perhaps current times, a source of wonderment, thought provoking, maybe amusing. 

Below is a selection of some photos I recently took of images that caught my eye. 

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Like people each is unique, each had a plan, a purpose and a future. Some still do. Others have passed their used by date. Remember my mantra  for estate planning: ‘Plan, plan now and review regularly.’  Don’t allow it to fall into disrepair.

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Recycling in the Galapagos

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Stone houses and stable in Provence

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Musician’s home in Paris (deceased)

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Canal Gates

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No one home

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Still not home

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A potted view of life

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Farm Gate Ecuador

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Sun Dial

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Ochre Mines in Provence

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The Dolphins disembarking the Galapagos Legend – just take 2 steps backward

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I modeled for these

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Gateway to God

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The Chez Republic playing it down

………. and the sample go on endlessly.  I look forward to seeing your photos on Flickr, Facebook or Instagram.

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The blacks and whites in Paris

……. and all shades of grey in between ….

Paris and Provence  are a delight if you like black and white photography.  Any photography for that matter.  I resisted shooting plates of food – – – and stuck to eating it.

Below I share a selection of photos I took during a recent visit to Paris and Provence.

There is no rhyme or reason to the selection … more random than thoughtful. If you don’t like these I have LOTS more.

The first is a colour photo – just to let you know I did see lots of colour too – then a few with dashes of colour to ease you into the B&Ws that cover the full range from high to low contrast.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Our Longest Journey

 

What does 1955 mean to you?

1955 has had an impact on all of us, regardless of our current age: the Mickey Mouse Club and Dame Edna Everage had their debut performances, Disneyland California and the first McDonalds opened … Fibre Optics, Lego and Velcro were invented … Twelve Angry Men swept the Emmy  Awards …. Albert Einstein died  – and both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were born. And of course Elvis was in full flight

Fast forward to 2015 ……. for my contemporaries we’re celebrating a landmark.  It marks a journey of 60 years toward our ultimate destiny. For some that’s a spiritual place, and others dust.

It’s has been a year of parties where we have caught up with current friends and others past, some merely shadows at the edge of our recall.

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Like photos in a travel journal, memories are shared and reflectful thought (and perhaps liquid refreshments) cast new light on experiences long past, some best forgotten, others joyfully salvaged from dusty neurological pathways.

Loud music, dancing and the noise of banter ….. all a distraction from the enormity of the elephant in the corner.  Like contemplating the return elephant

journey after a long trip, there is much more to be enjoyed but we’ve reached a point where the journey is no longer outward bound.  We have seen more years come and go than we will see again.

Measured in time, our past has been much longer than our future will be.

So why celebrate our short future rather than mourn our travelled decades?

Having reached my 60th, my life expectancy just increased by 20%  – just by getting here!   Nothing pays a better dividend than that !

But that’s not why it’s a time to celebrate – well not the only reason – accumulated experience and a lifetime of work make this a time we can begin to at least notice the roses around us, even if we have yet to stop to smell them.

Our appreciation of each experience begins to overtake the mere fact of having had the experience. The appreciation too … of the existence of a relationship as an experience …. itself to be appreciated and savored.  Again and again, but for making the time to do so.

By other measures, the future holds rewards for which the past has merely set the scene.

Education, career ambitions, family and work commitments consume decades that pass like the vista flashes past the window of our very fast train.

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Beauty to be beheld at every glance … but decades pass by all too quickly to absorb it all.  The rim of our mental cups fill to the brim and overflow with the vastness of a life time of events, joys, experiences and learnings … flow over and away, flow into the distance, flow toward oblivion.

It’s time to stem the flow, dam the memories before they’re damned.  Time to notice, time to capture the scent …. time ….

The Future for all of us

60 years past, fast forward by 20 and what do we see …. from today 10 years maybe 15 to exploit the opportunities of 60 years of preparation before a quieter, more sedentary existence will consume us.

There’s not a lot of time to sit around thinking about what we’ll make of this envelope of time.

If life were a recipe, we hold at hand a concentrate, an essence, we have distilled over time to enrich what we have to savour, to achieve ahead of us.

What now? … the certainty of inertia, or the uncertainty of a change ….

Reflective of my professional career, planning is central to identifying what the future can deliver

…implementation central to delivery

…procrastination the potential of an unfulfilled wandering from cradle to grave.

What do you plan to do?

No idea.

Think about it.

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Italy, Denmark, Portugal and India in a day

When was the last time you experienced a day that was truly magic ….. beyond your wildest imaginings?

Biblical stories record that when Solomon sat on his silken carpet he sailed through the air so quickly that he breakfasted at IMG_0204Damascus and supped in Media.

Our transport last Sunday was a little more conventional (a small bus) but our ride was no less giddy than Solomon’s, or Aladdin’s for that matter.

An adventure gift from family for our 60th birthdays, Margot and I had our taste buds transmitted across four countries in as many hours .… dragging our bodies in close pursuit.

We departed Sydney CBD at 9am and minutes later we were being led up a narrow pathway between old buildings. It was hard to tell if they were in a state of demolition or restoration.

Our destination – a roller door set in a graffiti laden back lane between derelict cars and industrial skip bins.

Beyond the door …. a pristine Paesanella family ricotta factory which has been a local Italian institution in Marrickville for decades. Basket after basket of ricotta has been filled since 3am that morning, at 9.15 we catch the last few batches.

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The taste of freshly made ricotta still warm form the vat is a treat I recommend to all.

… and then to the Paesanella Café and store where Mumma Paesanella has prepared our breakfast: fresh meat ball lasagna with home made smoked buffalo mozzarella, cannoli to die for and her special cake made from marscatone and blue cheese – I could feel my arteries filling as my taste buds exploded in joy. There were lots (and lots) of other treats she’d prepared for us and (unfortunately) we couldn’t resist.

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I let out my belt a notch (or two) before arriving at our next destination: a plain unadorned doorway on a busy road with just two words ‘Blond Catering’ marking its existence.

Beyond the door, decorated Danish caterer Jesper Hansen and his kitchen … a perfect host.

Our treat?

A ‘colding’ demonstration. No cooking, but rather a demonstration on how to make the classic ancient recipe – Gravalax. The curing of salmon using salt, sugar, fennel and dill …. and then of course a tasting, and more tasting, and then more…. WOW

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I guess that was morning tea ??!

Our next port of call – ‘little India’ also know as Harris Park where 20 Indian restaurants line Wigram Street separated by Indian supermarkets, spice emporiums, sweets palaces and sari shops. Candy to treat every sense, plus some.

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We lunched at the Billu Restaurant (the first in Harris Park). You go a long way (outside India) to find authentic, quality Indian food …. not so in Harris Park … a few steps in any direction will suffice.

DSC00373-2Another belt notch …. a only walk amongst the India shops and we’re back on our chariot destined to Portugal.

Sweet Belem, a Petersham pastry store serving the local Portuguese community with the best Portuguese custard tarts in the land. Crammed in Jose Silvia’s tiny kitchen he talks us through the preparation and cooking process. Hot, very hot, busy and space deficient. It’s a buzz, the out come a treats, a REAL treat.

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All in all a decadent day of self indulgence, the discovery of cultural enclaves in Sydney I’d never dreamed of and lots of fun with our fellow travellers.

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Nutella Tarts

Not to be out done he then produces a new novelty tart – Portuguese nutella custard tart – yep – nutella.

Not to be out done Jose then produces a new novelty tart – Portuguese Nutella custard tart – yep – Nutella.

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Thanks to our host Maeve O’Meara (of SBS fame) and her Food Safari ……. and of course a big thanks to Cate, Laura, Isaac and Simon who made it all possible for us.

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Its now back to calorie counting.

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