Canberra’s Enliven festival is nearly finished, and you’ll find plenty of brightly coloured photos scattered across the internet. I wanted to be different. This morning, I thought “I’ll get some shots of the morning after.”
Alas, as I got closer to the festival site, it was evident that colour still abounded. Many brightly clothed families were wandering around, after filling up every parking space with shiny cars. And there it was, peeping over the top of the trees …. a hot air balloon.
I’d forgotten that the balloons started today.
Resigned to my fate, I parked at the back of Old Parliament House and wandered across with camera in hand. I resisted, or resented, the throng of other camera-toters and choose instead to mill around on the other side of the road, not quite sulking but unsure how to embrace the sight before me.
I just don’t want to take photos for the sake of a pretty picture anymore; did that for years. I’m old now and crave something meatier in return for my investment of time.
There it was. A black balloon. Jackpot.
But it is a family-orientated festival, so no surprises when big cartoon eyes spun into view.
Speaking of smiles, check out my view of the Skywhale when she was launched for the Canberra Festival last year.