I live in Singapore now, and the one thing that really bugs me here is the fact you never really get a clear view of the sky. Everything is built upwards, and it’s so dense that it almost feels claustrophobic sometimes. You pretty much have to point your head straight up to see a reasonably-sized bit of blue, and even then, you’re probably going to get three or four high-rise buildings peeking into your field of vision (and it probably won’t even be blue because it rains half the time here).
In December last year, I returned to Perth (where I used to live) for a holiday. I’m not sure why it didn’t happen earlier, but the difference really struck me then. It’s pretty much the polar opposite of here. The sky is everywhere; it’s expansive and omnipresent, no matter what you’re doing or where you are. It just makes everyday activities much more enjoyable. Even walking or driving to the shops (which is pretty much all I did anyway), I felt so much more free.
Here are a few photos of ordinary scenes from my trip taken with my Olympus OM-2N. I got it a month before my trip, and it’s been a real joy to have with me. It’s no compact camera but it’s small enough to be unobtrusive when not in use, and in use, it’s such a treat.