Tag Archives: Grungetastic

Photographs held by family members hold a great deal of social history information especially if accompanied by stories passed down the generations.

These shots may never have been taken had the photographer not had tuberculosis around 60 years ago. While a resident in a sanitorium, a variety of occupational therapies were made available to him and other patients. I never saw the results of his basket weaving skills but these photographs warrant due attention and much respect.

I love their composition, candidness and captures of the moment, especially as they were more than likely taken with a Box Brownie, the most popular available camera in the early 1950s.

family group - Balls Head, Sydney c 1951

grandfather and grandson c 1951

on the beach - Gritty 19

cakesTen days ago we were heading back from Stradbroke Island with the knowledge that I was more than likely going to receive a diagnosis of breast cancer on the following day.  I don’t imagine that the topic of my health is going to feature highly on this blog over coming months. However, the occasional poem may emerge midst all of the ‘usual’ fare.

Here’s my attempt to make sense of the last fortnight. With gratitude to Patti Digh for the last line.

figs and sugar plums



a soak in the bath

liquid surrounds

random self-examination

an anomaly

that’s what we’ll call it for now

a rescheduled appointment

a confirmation

the anomaly has a new label

the biopsies

the waiting

two days on the island

beach camping

nature offers welcome distractions

wind, rain, birds, sea, sand

the GP visit

another confirmation

sleeping tablets suggested

red wine substitutes

liquid sleeping draft

the alcohol free zone can start tomorrow

calls made

commitments cancelled

the surgeon

a date

admission forms

gratitude for insurance

the airport

the family rallying

afternoon tea cakes

totem selfies

shopping for sleepwear

fresh vegetables and fruit for juicing

liquid green

a photo walk to the point on dusk

the hospital

gift packs, flowers

a cushion for afterwards

compression stockings

information pack overload

making blue people from surgical gloves

the glare of theatre lights

an anaesthetist with a Scottish accent


liquid sleep


eyes open

clock on the wall

rating the pain

liquid comfort

ice chips

sandwiches and rice pudding for dinner

half-hourly observations

normal sleep position unattainable

late night television

black and white reruns

a hungry plea before the breakfast run

honey toast and coffee delivered

liquid sweetness

morning shower

surveying the battle ground scattered with blue dye

more of a skirmish really

two incision scars, new shapes to learn


social groups on offer

introvert wants to run for the hills at the very suggestion

new phrases join the soon-to-be common lexicon


well wishes from all quarters

temporary restrictions dawning

new routines necessary

the vegetable garden is getting an extension

as loved ones focus on the ordinary

maintain a piece of the normal

the waiting

in between the surgery and tomorrow’s conversation

and now, just today

liquid salt

hello moment, I’m here

Lynn Buckler Walsh

mangroves 1

The thing I’m loving most about turning photographs into different images is that even the most imperfect, long-distance, sometimes out-of-focus photograph has the potential to become something quite visually pleasing.

boy on bike on beach

boy on bike - 80 Mile Beach galahs at Julia Creek

galahs Julia Creek

Like most people who own a camera, I’m a sucker for sunsets.  More image play from original photos.

80 Mile Beach sunset (Western Australia)
80 Mile Beach sunset - Gritty

80 Mile Beach grasses at sunset

80 Mile Beach grasses at sunset

Halong Bay sunset – Vietnam

Halong Bay - Jan 2004

Cable Beach grasses at sunsetCable Beach sunset - Gritty

Derby Wharf sunset

Derby Wharf sunset - Gritty

I have always loved big cities. You can get lost in them because of their size or you can get lost in them by being drawn into small pockets of the place that delight with amazing food choices or reveal stories of people who live or have lived in the place. You can wonder at the why of their establishment whether on historic river routes, strategic trade or defence sites or just by chance discoveries.

Taking photographs in cities can be tricky if you’re focusing on the decoration detail of a building or attempting to capture the large scale of a street scape. It is never dull.

Here is a selection of cityscapes (with additives via Grungetastic).


Seattle transitTokyo

Tokyo - Ginza Station nightSalt Lake City

Salt Lake City - Feb 2012Prague

Czech Republic - Prague - views on walk to Prague Castle 2Vancouver 

Vancouver Art Gallery March 2012

Playing with pop on two bird photographs using Grungetastic.  There are hundreds of variations possible. These lend themselves to old-fashioned screen printing.

Great Blue Heron – Stanley Park, Vancouver – March 2012 (Worn Pop effect)

great blue heron 1 - Stanley Park - Worn Pop 18

Seagull – Cape Leveque, Western Australia (Pop Grunge effect)

seagull - Pop Grunge 14