SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with Lois Romer

Why Street Photography?

“The randomness of what I see on the street and the story it conveys, the many characters that make up the city. It matters to capture the feeling of the moment in time.”

What do you shoot with?

“For all my photography I use an Olympus OMD EM5. I usually have either the12mm lens or the 14-42 lens mounted at the ready. I can’t quite let film go yet either! I have some older Olympus film cameras that get used occasionally.”

Your best tip?

“I prefer to capture the candid stuff. If you ask a person if you can photograph them they will pose –  better to capture them candid.

Find a spot in the city that you see a lot of colour and movement. Just stand there and click away!”

What’s your favourite “go to” spot?

“My favourite locations are the alleyways where you can find quirky coffee shops. Melbourne is all about coffee culture.”

What got you into Street Photography?

“I grew up in Mildura and moved to Melbourne on my own at the age of twenty.

I noticed the randomness of people in the city and decided to capture some of that vibe. I have always had a camera, but only got serious about 10 years ago. Since then, I have been taking photographs of the city I love.

I was often going shopping in the city or visiting one of the many great coffee shops. From there I noticed there was a street vibe to these places that I wanted to document and be a part of. The camera just seemed like the perfect way to do it.”

Tell us a little more about yourself.

“Since my first trip to Asia at fifteen, I often go back on holidays there or specifically Japan. I love to capture the street vibe there as well.

Also that since moving to Melbourne in 1982 I have seen the city evolve, embrace the quirkiness, and manage to hang on to some of the original buildings – all to become an enjoyable city to live in.”

MSP : What a great image! So, what makes it tick for me? The first thing I love is the silhouetted subjects. There is no facial detail, bringing an almost ruckenfigur quality to the image. The viewer will find it easier to imagine themselves in the scene.


The placement of the subjects along the natural plane of the leading triangle shape leading into the distance draws the viewer’s eye from the bottom of the image, and leads it towards the apex. The isolated rectangular building at the top of the pyramid gives a solid stop to the image.


The viewer’s eye is then brought straight back down by the frame formed by the roof of the building. The frame is almost mirrored by the shadowing on the pavement in the foreground.


The almost looping nature of the image creates a dynamic feel.

Thanks for taking the time to talk about your photography Lois.

Lois is Exhibiting at SITHOM 2015

Exhibition Link Here.

Exhibition details

Where: Victorian Artists Society
430 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

When: Thursday, 19 – Monday, 30 March, 2015
Weekdays: 10am – 4pm Weekends: 1pm – 4pm

Opening Event: 7pm, Friday, 20 March, 2015
Extended viewing hours: 10am to 9pm


One Response to “SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with Lois Romer”

  1. great interview


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