For the first time in our history…

Artwork used to be mysterious. Without a definitive message, many pieces of art throughout history would and have remained unexplained and up for debate. If it wasn’t for the Rosetta Stone, Hieroglyphics would have suffered the same fate. Now I can whip out my phone and read all about this ancient language and countless others. It is pretty damn incredible.


When I am walking past street art, I can do the exact same thing. If I want to learn about a piece of art that catches my eye, the chances are I can find it with a quick google search. Most artists want their message to be heard. As seemingly meaningless as some art may appear, it often has a backstory. Banksy is an exception as this artist uses anonymity but provides clear messages in the work, the anonymity making the artwork world famous.

The art seen above looks great with the skyline in the backdrop. It made me think of what would have been in place 40,000 years ago, long before such high-rises. I typed the words seen in the image into google and found an article dating back to 2013 in the South Sydney Herald. The article opens with the following:

In 1983, Redfern residents created the iconic 40,000 years mural. Thirty years later, the paint is peeling and graffiti blemishes the cracking wall. But recently, residents have united in a movement to rejuvenate the historical artwork.

In 2017, the paint still seems to be peeling. I think this weathering goes well with the message, despite the time passing there is a reminder that someone somewhere hasn’t been forgotten. As the wall slowly decays, the memory stays.

The article can be read here. In it a little insight to the artist, the meaning behind the art and what is being done to restore the fading artwork:

Artist Carol Ruff played a key role in planning, designing and painting the 40,000 years mural in 1983. She explains how the now faded original images pay tribute to Redfern’s powerful Aboriginal history of abundance, tragedy, perseverance and accomplishment.

The salient message, “40,000 years is a long, long time/ 40,000 years still on my mind …” is inspired by Joe Geia’s song, “40,000 Years”. “We were trying to say that even before Redfern, Aboriginal people have been there, have been in that area, have known this country, this place,” Ms Ruff said.

Walking by the piece it is a shame to see the decay considering the proposed restoration in 2013. Maybe it did see some work done and four years is enough time for more weathering. It isn’t my area of expertise sadly but I hope a team with a passion for art come and bring it back to life before it loses the battle with time, a battle that has taken so many incredible and powerful civilizations with it.


A fabricated perspective?

Do you sometimes feel that the world comes to you instead of you walking towards it? Like a video game, the character is constantly occupying the centre of the screen and it is the environment that slowly moves closer. The player movements create an illusion that the opposite is happening. I got that feeling on this very walk.


This was taken around the circular walk that is Narrabeen Lagoon. I was introduced to this lovely walk by my family when I first arrived in Sydney. It is a little further north near the Northern Beaches and is great for everyone. Runners, cyclists, walkers, joggers, families, dog owners… you name it, they love this flat circular walk around the 8.4km circuit track.

As I was sitting in one of the few cafes on route, I stopped and thought of my constantly changing perspective. I though of the world as a whole, and how no matter where we are standing on Earth, we always appear to be the ones on top looking upwards to the skies. The lake is big, but small enough to locate where I was standing thirty minutes ago across the water. It was fascinating to see the trees that towered over me as tiny dots on the horizon, what was full scale now barely visible. What I could barely see directly over the water was the place I was now sitting with people previously too small to pick out.

Do you sometimes feel that the world comes to you, instead of you walking towards it? I guess that it a part of the simulation theory, that everything is being simulated on a supercomputer and we are the players unaware.

If we are, thank you Player One for making my simulation bearable. Don’t pull the plug just yet, I am having fun.

Consciously Obeying versus Subconsciously Conforming

“The idea of consciously obeying versus subconsciously conforming has been something that’s important to me.

It’s designed to encourage people to question whether they agree with what they’re confronted with.”


These are the words of the artist that created this piece, 47 year old Shepard Fairey, and more can be read about this specific mural here.

I like the piece, it catches my attention every time in a city that does not really have much street art to view, not on this scale at least.

What do you think of it?

A different approach  

A man takes a photo of the Harbour Bridge towering over neighbouring buildings at The Rocks, Sydney.

Sometimes life requires a new angle. A new perspective on things. Even if it seems a step back, new horizons can bring all sorts of changes. 

This is an accurate representation of my new life in Australia. It was a step back in employment for the work visa however this step back has provided me all kinds of new experiences. New people, new foods, new places, new stories. Does everyone that opts to stay on the same level get to experience everything they want to? Probably not.

Don’t be afraid to step back. I wouldn’t even call it stepping back. More a valuable detour.

Travel Diaries: Manly to Circular Quay ferry

There really aren’t many better ferry journeys in the world.

Manly is a suburb north of Sydney and can be reached by ferry in just 30 minutes. Yesterday I took the ferry from Manly- great for surfing and if you want a laid back vibe outside of the busy city- to Circular Quay. Here are the photos from this ride. Enjoy!

Coincidentally on the same day, one of the fast ferries crashed into the wharf, injuring some passengers and causing quite a bit of damage to the vessel. More can be read here on the Daily Telegraph.

I guess the message from this post is that if you feel like your days are becoming routine, try another route to work. One that makes the day that little bit more interesting, new views and new people. 

Just stay safe!

The train that never comes 

I love this shot taken today, the reflection of an underground station appears as a ghost station further down the street. People are apparently seated in preparation for its arrival.

Some people wait for this train, not right here but in life. Instead of realising that the train will never come, they insist on waiting and using faith to remain convinced. Personally, I like to get up and move on. I cannot wait for too long. 

Every moment we are seated we are wasting an opportunity to do something. To wait is to procrastinate. I want to live a life in which I am waiting for others less and making the moves myself, that is when the satisfaction comes about.

Are you someone that waits at that station, or makes your own way to the destination?