July 19 - 25, 2015: Issue 223



An explanation

As a self- taught amateur photographer for over sixty years I have used a variety of cameras including Leica, Contax, Nikon (including single lens reflex models) and, in recent times, several types of digital cameras.

The output from this activity is contained in albums, envelopes of negatives and prints in boxes and, with the advent of digital cameras, in computer files.  In truth the volume is such that I do not know what I have.

Recently I was encouraged to look at some of this accumulated material.  I have recognised that while much of it is of the “snapshot” variety – including shots of family members, family events and celebrations – and holidays - there are also pictures of lasting interest and value.  These include pictures of places no longer in existence or significantly changed, of activities no longer undertaken or people long dead. In the past because of the cost of 35mm colour film (Kodachrome, Fujicolor and the like) the number of exposures of a subject of necessity was limited and, in the end, did not always yield the best picture of a subject – in the way that now can be  achieved with a digital camera.  

Nevertheless I have been pleased to find some photographs of quality and interest which deserve more exposure than they receive in a box or album. Accordingly, I shall present an occasional Gallery of pictures in my REFLECTIONS column with some notes about the pictures, where appropriate.

This is the first such Gallery.

George Repin

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius - the most important Russian Monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The burial place of Boris Godunov and his family. Photograph May 2005

The Great Wall of China before the great influx of Chinese and foreign visitors. Photograph August 1984

 Chicken dish at a banquet. Harbin, China. Photograph August 1984


New Zealand Christmas Bush. Napier, New Zealand

Concentration Camp Memorial established 2 Kms. from Salaspil, Latvia in 1967. Photograph August 1978

 The Salaspil memorial is a major complex in remembrance of victims of the Nazi occupation of Latvia. Photograph August 1978

 Roses. Botanical Gardens, Wellington New Zealand. Photograph January 2010

 A lane in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. Photograph May 2011

 Bathroom floor tiles, Grand Hotel "La Favorita", Sorrento, Italy. Photograph 31 May, 2014

 Sunset. East coast of NSW. Photograph 14 April, 2015 


Young seal. Kangaroo Island. Photograph 18 April, 2009

 Evening view of the dome of the Basilica of St. Peter, Rome from the Vatican Museums. Photograph 4 June, 2014

Previous Reflections by George Repin 

The Nineteen Thirties  Remembering Rowe Street  The Sydney Push  Saturday Night at the Movies  Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram  A Stop On The Road To Canberra  City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten  An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes  Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s  Hill End  The Paragon at Katoomba  Seafood In Sydney  How Far From Sydney?  Cockatoo Island Over The Years  The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991  Busby's Bore  The Trocadero In Sydney  Cahill's restaurants  Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making  Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service  Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection  Gloucester and the Barrington Tops  A Millenium Apart  Have You Stopped to Look?  Gulgong  Il Porcellino Olympia  Durham Hall  Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia  Hotels at Bondi  Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone  The Goroka Show - 1958  A Gem On The Quay  Staffa  The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls  The Coal Mine At Balmain  The Hyde Park Barracks  The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky  Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain  J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant Waldheim  Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955  King Island Kelp  The Mercury Theatre  Around Angkor - 1963  Angkor Wat 1963  Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli  Chairman Mao's Personal Physician  The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross The Oceaographic  Museum in Monaco  The Island of Elba Russian Fairy Tale Plates Meteora Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska Cloisonné Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories Not A Chagall! Did You Listen? Did You Ask? Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand Borobudur  Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells Murano  University of Padua Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi  Pula  The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre  Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park  Aphrodisias  The Divine Comedy Caodaism  Sapa and local Hill People  A Few Children Cappadocia  Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre  Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island  ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997 Hotere Garden Oputae Children of the Trobriand Islands Page Park Market - Rabaul Rabual  Kotor, Montenegro  

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