Entry number 43 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a park in Frankston.

A swing sits unused at a playground.
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 44/365

The Photograph:

In February, I am selecting the oldest photo from my “Candidates” folder and if I still love it, posting that. If the love has gone, it gets deleted.

In a playground full of children, this swing sits unused. I found it kind of sad. Part of my style of photography is shooting through things to reach the subject. This would be a prime example of that.

PS: Did you love the photo? Each photograph in the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is made available as a single limited edition print. If you are interested, click here to purchase this print for only $36.50. I thank you for your support of my photography and this website.


Earlier this week, John Williams, the prolific composer turned 90. Happy birthday, sir!

It’s hard to write about the level of respect that I have for this composer. A man whose music is known by the majority of people walking around today, even if they do not know his name.

A very humble man who amongst a stellar portfolio has the themes of the movies Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Schindlers List, Jurrasic Park, Superman, Born on the 4th of July, Harry Potter and so many more to his credit. 

One of my favourite John Williams stories is from the Rise of Skywalker movie, the final of the original 9 movies. Mr Williams plays a short “blink and you’ll miss it” cameo as a bartender (I gasped when I saw him, no one else reacted at all) and in the special features, the director, J. J. Abrams, explains to Mr Williams that all around the set he will be standing in, are 52 items. Each one of the 52 items represents a movie he has received an Oscar nomination for best original score. 

What a cool way to honour such a man.

I’d like to end this with a story about Schindlers List. When his longtime collaborator, the director Steven Spielberg, showed him Schindler’s List, the composer felt it would be too challenging to score. He said to Spielberg, ‘You need a better composer than I am for this film.’ Spielberg responded, ‘I know. But they’re all dead!’ 

Again. Wow!

I encourage you to click this link and see for yourself the sheer volume of his work.

Mr Williams, although I will never meet you, I wish you the happiest of birthdays. 

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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) @ 70mm
Settings: 1/500 | f/2.8 | ISO 100
When: Saturday January 29, 2022 @ 15:29
Where: Frankston, Victoria, Australia
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