fridays on foot.. R-ADelaide

back in rOctober this year, Alyda & i went to R-ADelaide for the first time ever..  i really liked it, but before my story is told, i must add that while talking with other citizens about my travel plans to Adelaide, one or more of the following descriptive words/phrases were used (not by me)…  “boring”, “drab”, “dull”, & “why would you want to go there?”.. my ‘research’ also showed that approximately 7% of respondents commented positively with.. “pretty”, “nice”, “lovely”, & “i like wine”..  (the Mayor of Adelaide may be a little concerned with my ‘word on the street’ findings)..

To be honest, I don’t really know a lot about Adelaide.. but if Ben Folds digs it, then it can’t be a bad place surely?..  so i fly there as a completely blank canvas – keen to make up my own mindhole about how cool/uncool this city is..

for the record, my official position is this.. i found Adelaide to be a visually delightful, & very interesting city.. it has an awesome vibe.. i loved it & look forward to going back..

during our stay, i met 2 young ladies at an industry gala dinner – locals to Adelaide.. in conversation they asked me, “so, what do you think of our town?”.. i told them i loved it, it felt like a great city.. they responded, “you think Adelaide is awesome?..  are you mental?”… our conversation continued & i advised that i was down from Brisbane.. my two new friends went on to say how much they lovvvvvve Brisbane.. “it’s awesome!”, “it’s beautiful”, “it’s aMAZing” etc etc..  to which i responded *surprised* “really?..  you think Brisbane is amazing?.. “Brisbane Australia?”… laughter followed & the conversation moved into the, ‘grass is always greener’ side of things..

i then remembered my excellent friend Hailey, who once told me, “the grass is always greenest where you water it”..

so after flying home, i went straight down to the hardware store & bought a sprinkler   :)


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20 January 2012 - 6:50 am

Jason start Awesome collection. The first shot is a total killer! Love it.

14 January 2012 - 8:27 am

Luma R-Adels is our home town. Your images made the fine hairs on my neck stand on end- so nice! Makes me feel proud of my hometown (even though we’re currently living in Melbourne). Love your work and go the X100!

11 January 2012 - 6:57 am

Cara Loren Wicked, you have tempted me to check out Adelaide now.

8 January 2012 - 11:05 pm

glen holdaway Very cool set. Love the murals. Adelaide might be worth my time after all :-)

6 January 2012 - 11:46 am

Nikki Bezel Looks groovy to me, love the murals and that 1st B&W.

30 December 2011 - 7:57 am

Jerzy Modrak Love #1 and 4 most.

19 December 2011 - 6:20 pm

john benavente dude. love that first frame. reminds me of trent parkes colour sydney work. well done.

13 December 2011 - 9:05 am

Fotograf ?lubny Lublin Great set!

12 December 2011 - 8:36 am

Mem Those paste ups with the boxes are bloody beautiful.

7 December 2011 - 10:53 pm

Lucy Although I now call Melbourne home, I love my old city… Not-so-Badelaide. You’ve captured it brilliantly, LOVE that first one! I also believe that paste up to be by my friend Peter Drew, I’ll send him this link… He’ll be chuffed :)

6 December 2011 - 11:08 pm

Julianna Oh I love these… makes me want to visit Adelaide!

6 December 2011 - 10:53 am

michelle love these! cardboard box image = awesome.

6 December 2011 - 1:46 am

Mike F That first picture blows my mind! Love all of them!

5 December 2011 - 8:13 pm

El I too enjoyed a recent visit to said city and got to know this awesome couple a little better…..oh….wait….
Great snaps Mr McGaw. xo

5 December 2011 - 11:43 am

Bat Ahh, Adeliade. I spent a week there back about 8 years ago. Didn’t see daylight. Wish I had seen daylight.

Lovin you shadows

5 December 2011 - 9:57 am

Dan O’Day like a boss! – love it toddy

5 December 2011 - 9:29 am

Miranda I love Adelaide too, had the pleasure of living there for six months with work. Love the pics- especially the top one- very Edward Hopper-esque!

5 December 2011 - 9:00 am

coler thick. in a positive way.

5 December 2011 - 8:58 am

tim coulson Awesome city. I took Kesh with me a few months ago. She wanted to move there…