Here’s a visual sociology of September 2016. We begin with an eternal legend before losing our souls in a consumer fortress in Western Syndey.
The timeless David Bowie. 3 September 2016
Festival of Chocolate, 11 September
Do you like an abundance of people so much that it’s difficult to walk? Do you fancy the idea of chocolate immersion, quite possibly leading to a sugar-induced coma? Welcome to Sydney’s Smooth Festival of Chocolate. at the Rocks, Sydney. Part of my participatory visual ethnography. My field notes say they are amazing and worth your follow up qualitative analysis.
I come for the visual sociology. I stay for the cacao.
Alfajores at the Festival of Chocolate? I’ll take it!
Dear people – I’m in the panopticon. 17 September 2016
Sometimes you just have to hang umbrellas with plants from the roof of a giant shopping centre.
Hello consumerism. 17 September 2016
Let’s Go Greek Festival
The Let’s Go Greek Festival got rained out. 18 September
Greek ladies making loukoumades (Greek donuts) in the rain. They were raising money for their church charity.
Sociology of Hotel Art: Adelaide
It’s the return of Sociology of Hotel Art! Nothing says “Adelaide” like waves rushing urgently off a cliff.
Hotel art on another level! Winter Transcending to Earth / Summer Nights/ Artist’s Palette of Springtime. Art by Marc Spurgin.
Aboriginal Flag on the Rundle Lantern
Yes that’s the Aboriginal flag all lit up on the Rundle Lantern in Adelaide. The lights are made from 748 panels of LED. 21 September
Travels in Adelaide
Peacock on the wall. 21 September
Italian Film Festival, Sydney
24 September 2016
Welcome to Gadigal Land
25 September: “Welcome to Gadigal land.” The Sydney Opera House plays an Acknowledgement of Country to the traditional land owners, who are one of 29 Aboriginal clans of the Eora Nation, the First Australians from this part of Sydney. This is an especially useful educational landmark for visitors and international tourists.
At the same time, these plaques along the pathway leading to and from the Sydney Opera House along The Rocks read “1788 shoreline.” This date marks the arrival of Europeans in Australia, which is how the signs are meant to be read, but they are also markers of colonial invasion. As a city and as a nation we sit uneasy with this violent history and its ongoing injustices.
Sunshine after the rain
Sydney is beautiful after the deluge, 26 September