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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip – Image 9 – Exploring Lines

Other artists can be a great source of inspiration to try something new. I don’t often take a lot of skyline or architectural images, but after visiting the Frank Gehry exhibition in Tokyo I couldn’t wait to have a crack at it. I have a couple of mates who do it rather well… Jes is […]

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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip – Image 8

Great photographers, and artists in general, often explore self portraits as a path to creative growth. For me, it helps my understanding of the relationship between what camera and subject – how changing what one is doing affects the other. It is also interesting to look at yourself, and maybe discover something new. And most importantly, […]

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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip – Image 7

Be ready for your “decisive moment”. Make sure your camera is ready to take the shot with only an instant’s notice. I was sitting down at the Miraikan Museum, resting for a moment after having been completely through all the exhibits. The shapes in the foyer were pretty cool, and I was thinking through how best […]

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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip – Image 6

If you are starting street photography, museums are an easy place to develop some confidence. Everyone has a camera out, and taking shots of everything. Nobody minds too much if you point a camera in their direction as they assume that it is pointing at an exhibit. There is also a steady supply of subject […]

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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip Image 4

Mirroring is a powerful way to bring a feeling of symmetry to an image. The combination of the two umbrellas, each on a different plane of the image, and the leading lines of the pedestrian crossing make for a balanced composition. It rained a lot whilst in Japan, and people love the clear see-through umbrellas. […]

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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip – Image 3

Breaking the fourth wall – making eye contact with the subject – is not something that makes it into my images very often. In this case, I was walking along quite briskly (as I always recommend!) and saw this little girl for a second. I don’t often shoot kids either, but she just looked so […]

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2015 Tokyo and Hong Kong Trip – Image 2

Taken at the Frank Ghery Exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo using a 35mm lens and 35mm film. This part of the gallery was particularly dark, showing projections on the walls. The couple stood right in the  perfect spot for the camera. A triangular shaft of light hitting the female subject and contrasting her […]

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2015 Trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong – Image 1

Thought you might like to see the complete shortlist from my recent trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Please note that I am not looking for critique – it kinda sucks the fun out of sharing for me personally, but understand it works for many other people. I am already a pretty tough self-critic… Over […]

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015 Visit & Is HDR Just a Distraction?

Jumped in the Dodge with a couple of mates, Mrs Melbourne Street Photography, and a camera yesterday and headed off to Ballarat for BIFB 2015. The BIFB is a regular on the photography calendar and is always worth a visit. So, is it worth the visit? For me, no. For you? Maybe. There was a […]

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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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New York Museum of Natural History Moment

Just another quiet moment for an ordinary person in a busy city. I was hulking around a big ass medium format camera on this day, loaded up with Kodak tri-x 400. I was shooting on a standard 80mm lens for this particular image. The natural framing of the subject at the visual exit point of […]

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Sometimes, I go places!

Hong Kong is one of my favourite places to photograph. The whole place is crammed with people everywhere you go. Odds are, a few of them are going to be interesting, right? Let’s find out. Looking through other people’s feeds lately has reminded me that unless an image is shared with others, it doesn’t really […]

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Exhibition Review – SITHOM 2015

I am talking to Alan Thexton, one of the featured photographers participating in the annual SITHOM exhibition. Can you walk me through your images, Alan? I have a Fuji Xpro 1 and I was out with a group of photographers from SITHOM one afternoon. One of the guys lent me his 18mm lens to try. […]

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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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Polaroid Resurrection – Exhibition Review

Polaroid photography warms my heart. A technology that was thought to be naff and “yesterday” that has been completely renewed. The team at Film Never Die have a mission – to promote the whole Instant Photography culture, and to introduce as many people to what could become a lifelong passion. Gary and Hing are fantastic blokes, […]

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Urbanity Exhibition 2014 – The Complete Set

Here are all the images that made up the 2014 Urbanity Exhibition – A mix of images from both Hong Kong and Melbourne. There are a couple of extras that were on the short list, but didn’t quite make it to the print and framing stage! I am still intending to review most of these […]

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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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SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with Zoë Mongey

Why Street Photography? “I love that Street photography captures a moment in time that will never happen again. An expression, an emotion, a moment in history. We don’t think of our lives day to day being history but that’s what street photography captures – a moment in history…” What do you shoot with? “I use […]

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SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with M.Turker Emeklier

Why does street photography matter? “One way of looking at it maybe, like other art forms it does not matter at first. I mean, there was always sound but someone decided to make music. Likewise, maybe, it did not matter at first, then somebody shoots an amazing image at a very random location, time etc. […]

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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 […]

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SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with Eko Julianto

Talk to me about street photography. “Street photography is my visual diary, I use it to connect with people through my camera. It also means I remember the experience a lot more. I carry my camera wherever I go, even to the office. I remember a lot more and I use street photography to connect with people. Sometimes […]

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SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with Andrew Wilson

Andrew’s featured image today is “Freedom” – He describes it “I think it shows how peaceful and safe Melbourne can be and how that reflects on how our children can grow without worries that children in other cities around the world have to.” The image is beautifully stripped of any distractions from a colour perspective, enabling […]

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Shot in the Heart of Melbourne

There is a vibrant street photography community in Melbourne. The guys at SITHOM have their annual exhibition coming up and it looks great! 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 […]

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Urbanity Image Review #10

Sometimes, ya gotta get back to basics… one of the first things any composition book will teach is to look for natural frames for your subjects. Frames are not something I think consciously about often enough. This shot features a frame within the frame, which helps take the composition heightens the interest. The two subjects are […]

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Urbanity Image Review #9

Taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. There are weddings happening all over Hong Kong during the week. They appear quite random. Just the bride, groom, maybe one or two others and photographers with magnificent kits of gear. Probably not much different to Melbourne, it is just unusual to see them all week on the streets […]

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Urbanity Image Review #8

Taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. Temple Street Night Market. Well, there is a theme here – a few shots from the Temple Street Night Market made the cut, and there were a few more that got very close to be included in the Urbanity Exhibition. The more you practice a skill, the more you […]

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Urbanity Image Review #7

Taken in Hong Kong March 2014. Another ripper from the International Finance Centre. Make sure you give it a good look if you are in town. The simplicity of this image is what I love. Simple tones and colours, clearly framed in three key blocks, let the composition elements stand out. Things in threes continue […]

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Urbanity Image Review #6

Another image taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. Taken at night in the bright lights that don’t seem to have an off switch. The complete cool indifference of the girl to her surroundings is a universal truth for all “door bitches” around the world. She is some kind of gatekeeper for the “VIP Bar” up […]

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Free Download of Urbanity Exhibition Catalogue

The Urbanity Exhibition is now complete for 2014! Thanks to those who dropped in to have a look, and a little extra to the peeps who purchased a framed print. If you missed the exhibition, feel free to download a PDF version of the exhibition image catalogue by clicking on the link here : UrbanityCatalogue If you […]

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Urbanity Image Review #5

Beware, I get a bit more technical liney on this one… Taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. I am pretty sure this was at the International Finance Center. A perfect set of circumstances for black and white film… The IFC is surrounded by some awesome overhead covered walkways and connects through to the Hong Kong […]

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