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At Bondi Beach in Sydney, this section of striking artwork surrounds a metal grille and doorway recessed into a concrete wall. I was really interested in the expressions on the faces of the two painted sprites that seem to be guarding the doorway.

The colour-coded lids of the two garbage bins gave me segments of extraneous colours to throw some perspective into the overall mix. They also serve another purpose, drawing the eye of the observer towards the railing and the person walking up the stairs to the car park.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 58mm.

Featured in 60’s GLORY, September 2009.


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  • Jimmy Joe
    Jimmy Joeover 5 years ago

    Great shot…

  • Thanks, Gerrard. I wish I knew where the door actually leads to …

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    Amazing artwork and a great shot

  • Thank you, Shulie. I have a different composition as well, but this one has the contrast of the bin lids and the steps …. great to know you like the result.

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    fabulous capture!

  • Thanks very much, Cheryl. The sprites were so well delineated that I had to take this shot!

    – David McMahon

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture David, ripper street art!!

  • Thanks very much, John. It;s been a while since we’ve visited Bondi – and I’d forgotten about its artistic aspect! Glad you like the result.

    – David McMahon

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 5 years ago

    Some wonderful street ‘art’ here David, I love your titles :))

  • Thank you very much on both counts, Trish.

    – David McMahon

  • mando13
    mando13over 5 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Mando. Glad you like the title. The art was so good I could not resist this shot ….

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; Wonderful balance, color and composition to this image, nice work !

  • Thank you very much, Steve. Sometimes it’s a fine line between clutter and balance, isn’t it!!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; Wonderful balance, color and framing to this image, nice work !

  • Delighted to see you express your opinion twice!

    – David McMahon

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    great capture, lovely shot…….. and find

  • Thank you very much, Antanas. Ther is magaic everywhere, even in the most mundane places – but it is upto us to find it!

    – David McMahon

  • Megs D
    Megs Dover 5 years ago

    You should consider putting this in the “Beautiful Garbage” group challenge “Beautiful Bins”. Entries close in 1 day!

  • That’s very kind of you, Megs. Will enter it now ….

    – David McMahon

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