Sir John Sulman Prize 2014

This art prize is held at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia.

The Sulman Prize as it is commonly known, is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

The above picture ,a finalist this year (not the winner) is by artist Ruvé Staneke and is titled  Dreamer (self-portrait).

I find the contrast between the mature aged viewer and the younger women in this contemporary portrait interesting.


Insect Eating Plants

From Wikipedia

 ”Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients  (but not energy) from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. Carnivorous plants have adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcroppings”

At  Eumundi Markets a stall holders is selling a variety these plants, some with names like “Venus Fly Trap”

Eumundi is a small town on the Sunshine Coast , approx. 100km north of Brisbane , in Queensland , Australia.  These markets are held Wed. and Sat. each week and attract  hundreds of people, locals and tourists from all over. Worth a look if you are ever in this area.

Street Portrait

A group of women were celebrating a Korean special occasion on the streets of Manly, a suburb north of Sydney.

This women dressed in traditional costume was happy to pose, but was insistent on ‘just one”photograph.

No language was understood nor needed! 

Looking in the mirror

This girl was trying on sun glasses at a local market which surrounded an event, hence the wrist band for entry.

It was smart for the stall holder to bring the large mirror for customers to check out “The Look”.

Maybe she liked what she saw and purchased the sun glasses?


boohoo is a global online fashion retailer selling both women’s and men’s ware.

It was originally launched in the UK in 2006.

These girls were promoting the brand on the streets of New York during a Fashion Week.


Gucci is an Italian fashion and leather goods brand, part of the Gucci Group, which is owned by French company Kering.

Gucci  was founded In Florence by Guccio Gucci in 1921. Gucci generated about € 4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008, and according to   Business Week magazine climbed to 41st position in the magazine’s annual 2009 “Top Global 100 Brands” chart. Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand.

Gucci has about 278 directly operated stores worldwide and wholesales its products through franchisees and upmarket department stores

In the year 2013 the brand was valued at $ 12.1 Billion USD with a sales of $4.7 billion USD.  In the Forbes list of 2013, Gucci was ranked 38 most valuable brand.

This is the Gucci store in Sydney, very impressive. 

Anzac Day

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign ( 1915 )  that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and NZ Army Corps, those soldiers were known as Anzacs.   Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand and is remembered on 25th April each year.

The Australian War Memorial, in Canberra ACT, has a wall named the  “ Roll of Honour ” which records and commemorates members of the Australian armed forces who have died during or as a result of war service.

Poppies adorn the panels of this wall, placed beside names as a small personal tribute to the memory of a particular person, or to any of the thousands of individuals commemorated there.

Maybe the women and her children above are remembering some one special to them.


Sheep Farmer

Sheep farming can be hard, talk to any of them, with Australia suffering from drought and farmers having to hand feed their stock for years, it is no fun.  

This farmer on South Island of NZ has just organised his winter feed, which is bundled behind him. His problem is the winter snow, cold conditions not allowing the grass to grow.

World wide these farmers will all tell you that their working dogs are one of their greatest assets.

Art on the Street

For many a struggling artist being able to sell their art work on the street is sometimes one of the only ways they have to attract a diverse audience.

With no immediate access to galleries or art houses, the street , word of mouth or the internet are their best option.

This girl may not be “struggling”, however she was smart enough to set up near a famous art gallery.

1950’s STYLE

The fifties had a look , brightly coloured cloths, with  great  accessories. Some wore tightly fitting garments, others flared skirts.

This girl looks terrific as she dresses to re in act the era in her Sunday best.


These letters,  and the NYPD’s meaning, appear on all patrol cars in New York City. Its not until you have a close look do you notice.

This commuter cyclist, on what really is a busy street, would like all motorists to at least give her the C and R and likewise all cyclists should give the same to the motorist.

Going Somewhere

There is nothing like being out and about in a fovourite suburb, on a beautiful sunny morning. Getting out early avoids the crowds.

This is the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown and this couple seem to be enjoying their walk.

We buy Gold

This is human,mobile advertising sign on the streets of New York.

With this type of advertising a lot of ground can be covered in specific areas, at busy times of the day.

Moving around entrances and exits to the underground rail system seem to be popular during the rush hours.

I guess the people displaying the signs are not being paid a lot of money.

Menu Board

Menu boards have been around for ages, and still today they are common place.  They offer an unique way to attract passing customers, and can often prompt an impulse purchase as the food and prices are displayed, with nothing hidden. Although the prices on this board are only for takeaway.

I guess part of this girls job is to put out the board each day as she is about to do in this on this Katoomba street.  

Katoomba is a suburb approx. 100 km west from Sydney.