Friday, May 7, 2021

First Contact..

 

Persevering with my new 17mm lens a few shots of my favourite sculpture at Elizabeth Quay. Created by Noongar artist Laurel Nannup the iconic 5m tall First Contact is inspired by 'the Noongar people’s initial encounter with European settlers as distant sailing ships appeared as giant floating birds on the horizon. The turned head and outstretched wings of the bird represent the horizontal spar, mast and sail of the ship. Nannup, a member of the stolen generations believes the work plays a significant role in sharing stories about the Noongar people and will stand as a legacy for her family'. Since that first encounter this landscape could not possibly have changed more, I have mixed feelings about that. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..



23 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful statue. Nice photos Grace.

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  2. Thank you for telling the story behind this remarkable sculpture. Your photos are excellent capturing both the sculpture it self and the reflections on it.

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  3. ...a shiny spot in the landscape.

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  4. Gleaming.
    Good to see you enjoying your 17mm lens. It's a great street photography lens.

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  5. A stunning statue. It fits perfectly in that location and I love the reflections that are on it. Very nice indeed, super photos Grace.

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  6. That is a great shot of the sculpture, Grace! I followed to your link on the stolen generations. That seems to have been a pattern all over the world.

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  7. You seem to have figured out how to use your new lens Grace.

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  8. Dearest Grace,
    At least the sculpture fits in perfectly with the style of the tall buildings; well done.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  9. I love the story of First Contact and it is a great sculpture.

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  10. Our more educated hearts ache for the families and cultures rent asunder by contact. Fine shots, G!

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  11. Amazing Quality And What A Captivating Sculpture There Perth

    Cheers

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  12. Grace, you made me laugh with the mixed feelings - same here!
    But great shots!

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  13. Looks a bit like the Canadian native art. Very nice.

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  14. Yes things changes and landscapes too...

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  15. Nice. A 17mm lens? And no fisheye or distortion? Hmm. Must investigate.

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  16. I love the way you framed that top photo with those curvy, glass buildings behind the sculpture. The background sort of mirrors the smooth lines of the sculpture.

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  17. Not only great images but a beautiful story Grace. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. It is a stunning sculpture and those buildings are spectacular too! Great capture.

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  19. You shouldn’t couldn’t miss “First Contact” on a stroll along the Quay. He looks very confident.

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