it This winter I have been photographing the activities in our Shed – the Dingley Village Men’s Shed. I wanted to show the bonhomie of men in retirement and that it is an enjoyable and busy stage in life. I chose an old worn tarpaulin that still has a bit of life left in it as a backdrop. A bit like us really.
The Shed exists for men to pursue hobbies and interests and to pursue friendships and camaraderie. Most of our members are in their seventies and eighties and have retired from a wide range of professions and trades. They are interested in traditional Men’s Shed activities such as woodwork, but also in bike riding and maintenance, metalwork, art, music, photography, snooker, car and mower maintenance.
For fund-raising we run raffles, manage the parking at the local Farmer’s Market and sell renovated bicycles. We make picnic tables and seats and undertake various voluntary tasks for our Regional Parks.
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It was election day. The smell of the sausage sizzle came wafting through the polling booth at the Dingley Community Centre Hall. Naturally I had to have one. A barbeque had been set up immediately outside the booth exit and it seemed that no one could escape. I must say it was a rather over … Continue reading The Dingley Village Men’s Shed→
Driving from Bar Harbor to Prince Edward Island we were bombarded with high winds and heavy rain. In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island’s capital we escaped the weather by taking refuge at a community theatre performing the musical “Anne and Gilbert”. It was an excellent production and a great introduction to “Anne of Green Gables” country. … Continue reading The Maritime Provinces→
Lyn and I spent a week in New York each armed with a seven-day subway ticket and a New York Pass for five attractions. We visited the Met, the Natural History museum, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art; sauntered through Central Park and had a picnic; hired bikes and rode over the Brooklyn … Continue reading A Week In New York→
Situated at the northern part of Wilsons Promontory is Cotters Beach. When we went there a few weeks ago the beach was deserted except for a couple about 1 km away. The light was very overcast and dull. It is the kind of light I usually avoid for photography, but there was an eerie, foreboding … Continue reading Cotters Beach→
Lyn and I spent a few days at Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory a few weeks ago. I have been going there and photographing it since I was about 12 years old, first with my Box Brownie, then with a Voigtlander Vito II and original Kodachrome, and later a series of 35mm and 120 cameras. It … Continue reading Tidal River→
Frankie, his car and his dog When I asked him if I could make a portrait of him Frankie, the subject of the previous post, was dubious but after a long and thoughtful pause, he agreed. The inside of his workshop is a fantastic cavern of spare parts. None of this “just in time” nonsense … Continue reading Frankie’s Snapshot→