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22-JAN-2010 AKMC

20100122_4539 Ambivalence (Fri 22 Jan)

Harris Street Pyrmont NSW Australia

This isn't quite the shot that I wanted, but part of the whole PAD process is to learn along the way.

This part of Pyrmont is tranquil in the morning before most of the cafes and other businesses start to open. In the cool half-light of dawn (before the heat really kicks in, as it did later this day) the area around the Commonwealth Bank is particularly so. Unfortunately the bus service, while adequate, isn't wonderful and for practical purposes this was as early as I could get there. The light half an hour earlier would probably have made the point better.

To the right stands the World War I memorial to the men from Pyrmont and Ultimo who served.

If I'd had my wide angle lens with me I would have been able to close in and get a shot without as much vertical interference from the trees and poles, though whether I could have done it hand held without the 24-105's I.S. is another matter. Accordingly I just lined up the poles to divide the frame and hoped that in doing so they weren't too distracting. I'm still not sure about that; I'll revisit this image in the future and see what I think then.

Oh, the title? The reason that this is today's PAD is that it's time to pay rent again, right at this very branch, in fact. While that's still cheaper than buying a place, rent increases are starting to tilt the balance. Then of course there's the fact that while I benefit from being a shareholder in most of the Australian banks (out of strategic need rather than desire), and while I recognise the need that the economy has for them, I can't help feeling a distinct distaste for many of their methods.

And thus... ambivalence.

(Mind you, the shot also features two Telstra pay 'phones and while they make a valuable source of light in early morning shots I have no ambivalence about Telstra. Nor do many, many of their reluctant customers. If you know what I mean. And I'm sure you do.)


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