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Love on the Rocks – Palmer, South Australia

I was in a whimsical mood when I titled this one. Can you see why? Click to make the image larger and read the rather sweet graffiti on the granite boulder.

On a hot drive back home from holiday, we stopped near the towns of Palmer and Tungkillo to take in this amazing vista of granite outcroppings. I’ve loved it around there ever since a Geology excursion back in High School to study the way granite erodes. Quick tip: granite erodes much like an onion – in layers.

I’ve always been a little disappointed with this photo because the sky is altogether too sunny and cheery to carry the ‘Love on the rocks’ theme. If I was a Photoshop guru I’d probably replace the sky with something cloudy and dramatic.

Still…perhaps the cheery sky does indeed suit a message of two love-drunk teens with aerosol cans in their hands. Their love is preserved on the granite until the weather erodes the rock. There’s something lovely about that in this digital world, where snippets of our lives are preserved on servers hidden overseas.

Here’s another example of the preservation of a moment through a questionable act of graffiti:

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Friends Forever? (Adelaide Botanic Gardens)

Are Alice and Ruby still friends? Or is this a moment of friendship long lost to the years? We can only speculate. This is human life recorded on stone and wood; a necessary act in the Age of Loneliness.

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11 thoughts on “Photo Story : Love on the rocks

  • February 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    Hey… is it me or did you change the colour palette of the site? If this is the first time I’m noticing the Orange, Blue and White then I must be daft. In any case, I really like it. This is one of my most favourite combinations. :star:

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    • February 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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      Hi @maesha-shannon . Yes, I made some subtle colour tweaks B-)

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  • February 23, 2015 at 4:18 am
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    I dunno, I like the sunny sky. Firstly because I respect how difficult it can be to get a nice shot when there’s so much direct light. Without bracketed shots and some hdr work this is often a blown-out moment. But secondly, the sunny-ness is rather Utopian.

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    • February 23, 2015 at 4:22 am
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      Yes, there is a difficulty in high contrast scenes @maesha-shannon ! I was using a circular polariser for this one, so the tint was more of an issue than the sun. I do most photos handheld to be honest, unless it’s night photoigraphy, and then a tripod is a necessity. Bracketing is a good option with a stable base, and there is a technique of exposure fusing that is different from HDR I’d like to explore one day.

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  • February 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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    Splendid photo! Reminds me of Park Hill flats in Sheffield (used to be fairly gritty and industrial city), someone wrote “I love you will you please marry me” in a very prominent place.

    Became so well know that when the flats were redeveloped I believe the developers preserved the graffiti for posterity’s sake

    And the MODERN form of graffiti, of course, is me writing this comment as a way of socially connecting to you :-). Who knows where it will end up?

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    • February 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm
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      PS Of course I’m part of the lazy digital generation and am not dedicated enough to go out with a spray can, despite being a Banksy fan 😀

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    • February 23, 2015 at 3:50 am
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      Hi @sufiah-yusof . Thank you 🙂 I think I’ve heard of that graffiti you talk about actually. It’s a good example of how something seemingly innocuous can become iconic too. Given that human hands have been marking materials with names, dates and dirty secrets since ancient times, it forms an important part of the fabric of society in my opinion. And our modern form? Who knows indeed! Preserved as broken magnetic resonances on some far flung server to be unearthed and pieced together a thousands years from now?

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  • February 21, 2015 at 8:59 am
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    i rather like to think…there’s no love like the first. many years later in remembrance of this, the sunny sky is just perfect 🙂

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    • February 21, 2015 at 9:48 am
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      In retrospect @sirpamononen , I agree 🙂

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