One Perfect Moment is all about those moments, big or small, that make you wish they'd last forever. Those moments you want to stop in time, when everything feels perfect, even for just a split-second. Snapshots of the mind. Moments to treasure forever.
Last week I spent a day in the city with my Tafe class. It meant an earlier than usual morning for the girls and I, and we managed to get through the preschool drop-off in record time so that I could race down to the station and jump on a train to the city.
We were visiting the city so that we could go to the State Library to check out the World Press Photo Exhibition. It's a collection of the previous years and winning and highly commended press photos and it was an amazing exhibition. Moving. Confronting. Eye-opening. If you get a chance to check it out I highly recommend it, it's on until the 21st of June and it's free.
We also had a look at the Sydney Morning Herald's 1440 exhibition, a collection of some of the Fairfax photographers best images for the year. This exhibition is also at the State Library and is free. We then headed next door to Parliament House to have a look at the winners and highly commended entries to the Head On Photo Festival's Landscape Photography competition. Another must-see if you're in town.
While we were in the city we were given a little photography challenge. We had to take a photo that fit the theme of "Sydney in Autumn" and it was fun to exercise our creativity for a bit. After a delicious lunch in Martin Place (I had the most amazing Thai Salt & Pepper Squid) my classmates and I wandered around for a bit, laughing, talking and taking photos.
There is always so much to see in the city, and when you open your eyes and start looking for it, the most amazing light, especially in late Autumn. I felt like everywhere we turned there was a photo just waiting to be taken. I could have spent hours wandering and snapping.
As it was we had to head back for the Landscape exhibition after lunch, but once we'd spent some time checking out the entries we were free to go. Most of the class stayed in the city to take photos of the Vivid Festival, but I had to head back home to get the girls from daycare.
I took my time though, and spent a good 40 minutes before my train looking for the light.
It was so nice to walk around with my camera, taking pictures of anything that took my fancy and trying to fill the brief of "Sydney in Autumn". I took quite a few photos, but I'm struggling to decide which one I like the best to submit to our class mini-comp.
I've decided that I need to make more of an effort to get in their more often, with just myself and my camera. There is beauty and interesting things every where you look, you just need to open your eyes, stop and look for it.
Being there child-free was also pretty great in itself, and I'm so thankful that I live in such a beautiful part of the world, and had the time and resources to be able to take it all in and enjoy it.
Do you get in to the city closest to where you live much? What's your favourite city?
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