There wasn’t much time of a proper photo session in Moscow, unfortunately. The only one was in Moscow Metro circle line–Koltsevaya line.
It took about 90 minutes to hop on and off the train on each of the twelve stations. I wish I had more time but had to regroup with others to see a circus. Otherwise, it could have been a real joy to explore details on the unique decors of each station. More than that, juxtapositions of contemporary local commuters and Soviet Union architectures built during the cold war were truly fascinating.
While taking the Metro, I just couldn’t help thinking of London Underground I experienced the year before. Even though the navigation for passengers couldn’t top London, it was still easy to get around and very efficient, especially, for a megacity like this. And to have permanent public arts (even they were propagandas, then and now) in public transports set Moscow Metro apart from any other cities in the world.
2042 is the postcode of Newtown/Enmore, NSW, Australia where I have spent half of adult life for almost ten years. It is one of the best places in the world to live in and it will be one of the things I will be missing the most.
This video is a series of photographs I took in a Summer 2006 at Bank Hotel, next to Newtown Station. Folded window panes reflect commuters passing by an old post on King Street. Something is living in oblivion.
This is the last video I make for Kino Sydney, the last video in Australia. However, there are still some materials I shot in Sydney to make some videos and they probably will be produced when the time comes and I settle down a bit in Bangkok.
Australia is not a military nation, not to me, anyway. However, ANZAC Day is set on 25 April as a national public holiday to commemorate the courage of those who risk their lives to defence the country. In fact, a threat from the neighbours is quite rare to this continent country. Border security was heavily politicised by the former Government in the fear-of-terror scheme. On the other hand, the Army’s roles are more keeping the peace in the Pacific region, in a less invasive way than the US to the Middle-East.
The first ANZAC Day Dawn Service is held in Sydney. The calm and graceful ceremony at The Cenotaph, Martin Place effectively unites the audience which has built up before 4am.
Road blocked on George Street
It is a mixed crowd attending, veterans who might have lost their friends and colleagues, young cadets who may lead significant missions in the future and, especially, the generation who may not comprehending this experience as much but certainly is absorbing it with respect.
After Stilgherrian and I celebrated the King’s 80th Birthday, the journey in Thailand came to the end and we were set to leave the Kingdom on the next day. For the first time I could explore Thailand’s new gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, in daylight. We made the most of the afternoon with imported drinks while I took snap shots in the terminal.
Bangkok departure was more overwhelmed than I expected when I was sending text message to friends and family. Sunset as we are approaching the plan. It turned out that we were the last ones on board. No matter how long we set to get away, it would never be enough. Good-bye my homeland.