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SOHO at night

Shot on medium format at night on Kodak trix 400. Was experimenting with low light photography and tripods… This dodgy looking door is actually a neighbourhood Synagogue rather and not anything more notorious! Using a 150mm lens on a medium format camera got the right framing for the shot from across the street.

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Structuring a Weekend Session

No matter how “arty” an interest is, disciplined regular practice is the best path to enjoyment. Developing and getting progressively better at something is rewarding – whether it be gardening, knitting or something like photography! There are plenty of people who take lots of photos – and happy to get the same results time and time again. […]

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Garry Winogrand – Ideas and Inspiration Part One

Santa tracked down a copy of Garry Winogrand’s “Figments from the Real World” for me last Christmas, and managed to fit in my stocking! As part of trying to get going creatively again, I pulled out the book for the first time as a creative kickstarter. So what did I learn from spending some time with […]

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Running Around the Witch’s Hats… Zone Focus

I fondly remember wet, cold, and muddy Tuesday and Thursday nights at footy training as a teenager. I was never much good at the game, but loved getting out and having a kick around the park. After the Sherrins, the next thing that would come out each night were the red-orange witch’s hats. So, what […]

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Overcoming Low Points in the Creative Cycle : First Try

Pulling negatives off the developing reels, squeegeeing, drying, and then scanning. The best part of the week is when the image that appears on the monitor is one you love. The images on my monitor have not been particularly inspiring for me lately. When things seem the same each and every week, then you have […]

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Overcoming the Low Points of the Creative Cycle

Sometimes everything looks great in the viewfinder, sometimes things don’t go so well… I have just finished developing some rolls from a weekend in Bendigo with Mrs Streetphotography. They are pretty disappointing. I have been working a bit on urban landscapes, and thought an afternoon walking the mean streets of Bendigo might yield some decent […]

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Working on Story Telling

What does “story telling”mean in street photography? Defining “story telling” in a way that is relevant to street photography is not completely obvious to me yet – it will take me some time to develop a clear style or techniques to help. The first few steps seem to be about bringing multiple planes of subjects into […]

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Everything is About Light

Back around the end of 2007, I started to truly understand how much other photographers used light to create an image. Andrew Cosgriff was a local melbourne photography contact whose work I just didn’t quite “get” at first. “Cos” is pretty good at spotting light falling on subjects in an interesting way. I had a […]

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Square , Landscape, and Storytelling…

I am wrestling on which way to go with this image – square or regular landscape format? Normally, I try to keep cropping to a minimum to ensure I consider composition more actively at the time of taking the shot, rather than just mindlessly popping away, knowing I can crop everything later. Composing with the […]

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Distracted by the Faces

Walking around the city at 6.30am on a Saturday morning is always going to encourage creative epiphanies. Combining a spartan-like early start and caffeine led to the inevitable questions of creative growth and purpose. Have my images been improving? People are my favourite subject for street photography. Capturing a single moment of people’s lives as […]

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Curating and Critiquing – Use Real Prints

The single thing I enjoyed most at the Trent Parke exhibition was the simple, hand pasted photo albums. Real prints, just stuck in a beautiful yet uncomplicated album, along with some prose and other writings by Parke. It was yet another reminder that prints are by far the most compelling medium for images. The exhibition inspired me […]

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Dealing with (Infrequent) Confrontation – Don’t Let It Get You Down!

One of my instant pals, Jake, recently posted about his experience with a rather assertive member of the public, asking for people’s thoughts. Don’t let the rare run in with the public put you off getting out with your camera. Let’s spend a few minutes thinking through it. Let’s start with the facts. http://www.artslaw.com.au/info-sheets/info-sheet/street-photographers-rights/ Read […]

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The Camera You Have With You.

Have a very busy weekend planned with Mrs MelbourneStreetPhotography’s birthday happening today! Despite this, I managed to squeeze the little Ricoh GR into my bag for a trip into the city. There was no plan to shoot anything, but whenever I am going into the city for whatever reason, a camera usually accompanies me. The […]

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Urbanity Image Review #11

The subject maketh the shot… “There are the two basic controls at the photographer’s command – position and timing – all others are extensions, peripheral ones, compared to them.” David Hurn You can read more about my thoughts on Hurn’s quote here. I had found the spot – which gave a great downward looking perspective. […]

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Trent Parke – The Black Rose Exhibition Visit – And What I Learned Spending Time There…

Some photographic exhibitions can be stingy and sparing in sharing the work of the artist. “The Black Rose” is a lush and luxurious experience of Trent Parke’s extensive body of work. As part of Adelaide Festival, the exhibition is described on the website. “Experience an immersive exhibition by Adelaide based Magnum photographer Trent Parke. Parke’s […]

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Mr Xpan – Fotodudenz (Matthew Joseph) Interview

Matt is an accomplished wide angle photographer, using some pretty special gear. Here is what I learnt by spending an hour with him at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Richmond whilst his partner attended her weekly “Richmond Knitters” stitch and bitch at the same pub… How did you get into photography? It was an accident, a […]

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Working on Selfie Respect… Street Photography Self Portraiture Thoughts

Street photography self portraits… I had an interesting morning a few months back at 5am in Centre Place. This unexpected expedition, along with my admiration for Vivian Maier’s self portraits, has got me thinking about a project theme. As per my usual modus operandi, the first step is to look through other people’s images that appeal […]

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How to lead a more interesting life through Street Photography… First Timer Primer

Things you hear when people are thinking about starting out in street photography… “What book should I read or class should I do?” “Where should I go?” “What is the best camera / bag / lens / etc?” “What do I do if someone approaches me after taking their photo?” The most important response to […]

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Contrasting Time

Having some “go to” locations when you are down on inspiration is a critical tool for any street photographer. Taken in Centre Place – you can read more about the location here – a place I often go to when in need of some easy pickins’… The lens was medium format 80mm, and relatively slow […]

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Selfie Respect

The “selfie” generation is well and truly in control of popular culture… But so many of my fave photographers have also explored self portraiture as part of their creative development. I would have to say that Vivian Maier would be my absolute #1 draft pick on this topic. I have purposefully not watched any of […]

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Juxtaposition – Cheap Shots!

After feeling a bit “out of the zone” yesterday, juxtapositional compositions came to the rescue. Just find a great sign and wait for the right subject to come into frame.   They are a staple for a lot of street photographers – although it takes a fair bit to add enough to the composition to […]

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Is it a bench or street photography?

Posted this today on Instagram tagged with #streetphotography without even thinking. Interestingly enough, I had a response from a random on Twitter : I don’t pay much attention to a lot of interweb commentary on stuff. It just never seems to end well, and I have considered turning off the comments function a number of times […]

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Does Film Still Matter to Street Photography?

The simple answer is “no”… But why cling to the analogue aesthetic and process? I have noticed a few of my previous stalwart film buddies exiting the genre recently as well, leaving me both a little heartbroken and worried about film. I am not going to prattle on about the dynamic range of film vs digital […]

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Developing Black and White Film at Home. It’s Easy.

What do you need? Gear –       Scissors –       Developing Tank with Reels –       Water hose –       Light-tight Change Bag –       35mm Film Canister Opener (or Can Opener) –       Measuring Jug and Graduate –       Thermometer –       Timer –       Squeegee –       Storage bottles –       Drying rack –       Scanner   Chemicals –       Developer –       Stop Bath –       Fixer […]

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Creating Impact – Free Ebook Online – Review

Photographers who take the time to think about their technique, dissect it, and share it are my favourites! After doing some more web research recently, I came across Marie Laigneau’s wonderful little ebook called “Creating Impact”. You can tell how much I liked it by my copious notes captured in the image above… Laigneau is […]

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Does Street Photography Matter?

“At a time when fewer and fewer of the images we see are honest representations of real life, their [Street Photographers] work is more vital than ever.” Sophie Howarth & Stephen McLaren, Street Photography Now My focus has been so heavily weighted to preparing for the Urbanity Exhibition this year, that it has been some time […]

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The Easiest Way to Develop B&W Film. Ever.

You no longer have an excuse. Stand Developing is virtually impossible to muff. Have a crack at it, and be surprised at how easy it can be! Developing your own Black and White film is part of the whole analogue experience. Messing about with chemicals, reels etc can be a little daunting at first. Most people […]

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Urbanity Image Review #4

Taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. For the record, I shot a total of 32 rolls of Ilford HP5 and AGFA APX 400 on this trip – approximately 1000 shots for a total of 13 final images for the exhibition. A hit rate of 1.3% if my math is correct? Hmmm, if you are going […]

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Urbanity Image Review #3

Taken in Melbourne, August 2014. Location is Degraves Street, I think? The Flinders Street end. The only image in the collection leveraging the use of a model. Sometimes ya gotta try new things. There were a few ideas I had that were going to be much easier to realise with a more predictable set of […]

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Urbanity Photographic Exhibition – The Story

Below is an updated article (original here) featured in the Image Catalogue for the Urbanity Exhibition. Over the next weeks, I will be presenting a review of each image and some thoughts around why it appealed to me.   Ever found that you have started taking the same image over and over? A particular type of […]

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