Illuminated History from the underside

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Marilyn Whiteley on November 17, 2007

Am I looking up, rather than down? I like it (either direction)!

Ian Stehbens on November 17, 2007

It was taken beneath the convict-built Lennox Bridge, the upper 6 courses of stones arching overhead, the bottom course is vertical. Normally one wouldn't notice this but the shimmer of reflected light came from the water surface of the Parramatta River late in the day. Greetings from Parramatta, Marilyn. I just checked Wikipedia and their entry includes a photo in which you will be able to see the section I have photographed. I was using a 300mm lens from the same vantage point.

Peacebuilders Intern… on November 17, 2007

It's a psychological test: "Am I looking up, or am I looking down".

Ian Stehbens on November 18, 2007

Thanks guys. I was impressed when Marilyn saw the two perspectives. Having taken it I knew what I had taken and therefore I didn't see the other perspective till Marilyn raised it. I showed the image to my wife then and asked her what she saw, and for her it was as if she was looking down. I presume you have seen the "old woman and the young woman" and the "rotating dancer".

Mark Highton Ridley on November 18, 2007

A great capture, Ian. I like the texture and the play of light on the brickwork - and the question about 'up or down'. Nice one :)

Ian Stehbens on November 18, 2007

Thanks Highton-Ridley. Yes its success is in the "capture". But the more I ponder Marilyn's "up-down" question the more I like it. It is this serendipity that now appeals to me most. I think it's now destined to be printed and hung in my new office. Perhaps it should be called "highton-ridley's Inspiration" or "Marilyn's Psych Test". Ian

©Würmer on November 18, 2007

like "The Old Woman" I an see here any time I want to, but I prefer to see the young features and the big ostrich feather... (in my mind's eye ;-)

Daniel Mitin on December 3, 2007

Nice wallpaper

©Würmer on December 3, 2007

I saw water flowing over the edge of an artistic fountain made of ceramic tiles...

Ian Stehbens on December 3, 2007

To Daniel Mitin Thanks for your comment on the pic as nice wallpaper, Daniel - and for your grace as well. I have just moved into a brand spanking new office and have been musing on photos to hang in it. This one is one that might make it onto the wall, partly because it is very local Parramatta and Sydney sandstone, and convict built. But also because of its ambiguity and attractive forms and colours. I have also just had a quick look at your folio and found it interesting and very competent, so I'll look at it further and send you some of my appreciative comments. Ian

Ian Stehbens on February 23, 2008

To ©CopyRights-Enforced

Thankyou for your creative comments made in Nov & Dec. I apologise for not responding then, though it was a busy time of year for me then. I did see the comments at the time and appreciated them. But I was intrigued by your ID and thought then that I would work out who it was. When I did I neglected to return to this image.

So thankyou, Ian aka Bartwoian, (I trust I am correct) for your comments and conversations have been appreciated always. Just be careful though for the "young features" can be alluring...ok, I know you said "in my mind's eye"!



© Stéphane RAVERDY on February 23, 2008

Hi Ian ! I like he way you take these old irregular stone, enlighted by the variable lights of water. we could guess the river further. I enjoy to see others from you !



Ian Stehbens on February 25, 2008

Bonjour Stéphane,

I appreciate your connecting with this image and with me. It is mutual, as I am sure you know, for I really enjoy your creativity and artistic ability with the camera.

Kindest regards,


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Photo taken in Parramatta CBD, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

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