Sydney From My iPhone

Over a decade ago, I brought an iPhone, and started using the camera to record random things. I had just moved from Sydney to Melbourne so it was organic for me to record my adventures in a new city. Last month, I went back home, looking for something I felt I’d left in Sydney, my birth place. Sunday morning, a friend cancelled on me, so after a serve of scrambled eggs, vegetarian style, complete with faux sausages…I found myself walking the back streets of Newtown and St Peters, music playing on iTunes, earbuds in. Childhood memories trigger my strongest creative urges, so I opened the camera app. They say that the soul of a city is in its people. I don’t believe it! It’s the dead, not the living, that give a city soul. The dead haunt the laneways, the bars, the brickyards, and tan naked in the parks. Sometimes, on a warm winter’s day, they talk to people like me. I hope you enjoy my pics, retracing my childhood roots. Cheers Noel Anderson xxx

TEA FOR TWO
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
Do you remember when Things were really hummin’ Yeah let’s twist again Twist the time is here
LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF FAVOURITES
All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.
SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU
Maybe it is raining Where our train will ride All the little travellers Are warm and snug inside
The show must go on Yeah Inside my heart is breaking My make-up may be flaking But my smile still stays on
THE LAST HURRAH
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you But in your dreams whatever they be Dream a little dream of me
Well, you wake up in the mornin’, you hear the work bell ring, And they march you to the table to see the same old thing.
You might find the night time the right time for kissing Night time is my time for just reminiscing
The Sundays of my life Are all the life I own When Monday is too close for me to care
DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK
THE PLEASURE SEEKERS
We could live For a thousand years But if I hurt you I’d make wine from your tears
So you can colour my world With sunshine yellow each day Oh you can colour my world With happiness all the way
Put on the speed And I tried catching up But you were pedalling harder too
MILES AND FLORA
SOUL FOOD
Thank’s Mr. President For all the things you’ve done The battles you’ve won Everybody, Happy Birthday!
YOU CAN’T SEE AROUND CORNERS
JAM AND SCONES
So let’s dance, the last dance Let’s dance, the last dance Let’s dance, this last dance tonight

Photography by Noel Anderson

Footnote: These images for whatever reason, trigger an emotional response in me, about home, and about growing up. It may not be the Sydney you know, but it’s the one I will always remember! Noel xxx

About the author – Noel Anderson is putting the finishing touches on his feature film script Sammy & Dave and recently adapted Henry James’s classic ‘The Turn of the Screw’ into a full length play, simply called ‘Ghost Story‘. Noel has directed over 50 theatrical productions. Checkout Noel’s Podcast ‘Email To My 17-Year-Old Self‘ on Podbean and iTunes, and on YouTube – Noel Anderson’s 15 Minutes of Fame.

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