lying down on the job by Jan Stead JEMproductions

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia ~ location of the beach volleyball at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 ~ a time and place of innocence.

I couldn’t resist this shot or four young guys lying in a row on the white sands of Bondi, relaxing, enjoying and soaking up the sun. But as I looked I observed and a thought, some words, grew….

My mum has wonderful and vivid memories of this beach and many happy hours spent there relaxing days away, escaping the harsh realities of war and nursing the wounded.

They too soaked up the sun
let it beat on their worried brows,
erasing the fears and the tears
while the salt water washed away the
pain of living so young yet not free,
in doubt and too often in fear.

Yet it was for this very scene,
this moment,
this view
that they so bravely endured
the dark days and disquiet,
the deprivations and privations
of World War Two

And so it was with joy
that she stood beside me there
her face aglow with more than the brightness
of a warm spring day
as she gazed below
on the crowds of the free
the young
oblivious revellers in the fruits
of labours long worn
and a victory
hard won

They never laid down on the job!

An avid photographer, both still and moving, since I was 10 years old, I later discovered and developed a particular love of macro, which is one of my main genres. More recently, however, my repertoire has broadened to include stained glass windows and particularly the stunning beauty of outback New South Wales and South Australia.
I hope you enjoy the beauty of the Creation, captured and presented here for you.

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  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 6 years ago

    Wow Jan, some people have got a hard life !!! But I suppose someone has to do it !!

  • Hi Phil! Yep, that’s what I thought! I simply couldn’t resist capturing it…
    So glad you like it.

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • jell
    jellover 6 years ago

    any vacancies Jan could do with a job like theirs . clever capture
    How about 4 young ladies to even things up

  • lol!!!It’s images like this that led to a number of your countrymen (and women?) leaving your shores for ours…all false promises really…
    THe only hitch with htis, is I don’t think it would pay very well

    As for evening things up with a shot of four ladies, I would have if I’d found four in a row like this…but I’ll have a look at my other shots to see if I can find something by way of equity.


    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • jell
    jellover 6 years ago

    forget the money i’ll do what they are doing for nothing

  • lol!!!!!!! Thanks for the laugh Jell!!!

    love it!

    : ))))))

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsover 6 years ago

    did they all call in sick?? LOL! The great Aussie tradition captured!

  • oh I love it…Can you hear the ear to ear grin your comment gave me?

    oh you seriously brought me undone!!! Thank you ~ I think….~

    Yes, it is a capture of one of our more iconic traditional images isn’t it? But I hadn’t quite thought of it that way when I spotted the four guys…just thought it would make a good shot…(had to be careful how I said that…re-typed it a few times to save face!..and stay within the rules!!!)


    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 6 years ago

    Interesting photos and words, great combination

  • OH thank you so much. I didn’t know if anyone would read the words, or rather simply read the visual. For one is light and the other a little darker, more serious.
    But the juxtaposition of the two really struck me when I reflected on it.


    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Ruth Palmer
    Ruth Palmerover 6 years ago

    Great shot Jan and a nice memory trigger.

  • Hi Ruth. I have no idea how long ago you actually took the time to leave such a lovely comment, but I sort of have trouble keeping tabs on such important things. Life is far too busy at the moment. Actually its been like this for about 3 months. I was just counting up today!
    But you didn’t come here to hear this!!!
    I really wanted to thank you for your wonderfully kind words and compliment on my work. My sister and I had taken our mum to Bondi Beach and Sydney last year as a treat a few months after her minor stroke. And it was while we were sitting at a seaside cafe and looking out on this scene that she regaled us with the story of her wartime escape here. Most definitely a memory trigger!!..xxxx

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 6 years ago

    love your pic and your words …
    funny how 3 of them are very attracted to what’s on their right … a perfect spot to observe the girls!

  • Hi poupoune…yes, that’s what I thought too!!! It sort of went across my mind to entitle it something along the lines of “We’ve only got eyes for you” or “watching all the girls go by”. But my sister came up with the eventual choice. And I think I prefer it.
    Funny how we think alike isn’t it??..xxxx

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • C J Lewis
    C J Lewisover 6 years ago

    Good pic and words are terrific Jan :)

  • Hi there CJ!!! Sorry its taken me so long to find you waiting patiently on this page for a reply to your great comment. I’m glad you like the pic but even more thrilled that you have given me the thumbs up for the writing…it sort of flowed as I wrote the description.
    As it unfolded I realised it was more poetry than prose..xxxx

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Chookas
    Chookasabout 6 years ago

    GREAT Ekphrasis again Lady Jan
    I agree the contradiction of juxtaposition works really well
    the idea of the “freedom” of beach enjoyment as being what entices so many from their over seas homelands
    only to have it equate to “dole bludging” – not enough jobs … lol
    & I thought it interesting that most of the beach dwellers had their heads in one direction & these boys were deliberately against that! ☺
    ☼ BRAVO ☼

  • Hi Alyssa ~ I was just revisiting some of my past work and discovered you here…..waiting about 4 years for a reply!!!!!
    Oh dear! I am so very sorry.
    But I am so flattered that you like my work.
    Funnily enough, reading this with the distance and perspective ~ and objectivity ~ that time brings, I actually rather like this piece.
    To be completely honest, I was amazed when I read my words.
    A special time with my mum that day….a first trip away from home base following her [minor] stroke.

    Hope you’re well.


    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

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