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Hong Kong Analogue Camera Trail – Filme

Filme is very much a passion shop, where the owner is an account by day and film photographer by night! Sounds kinda like some sort of super hero. CC runs her accounting business out of the shop which helps keep her dream alive. Ya gotta make sure the bills get paid after all. http://www.thefilme.com/ A […]

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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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Minox 35GT

What a great time to be into film photography. Cameras that take film are rapidly declining in price, but still available in great condition. Film is still ready to buy in a reasonable range of flavours on ebay, and scanners like the Epson V700 relatively affordable. It’s not going to last, but it is a […]

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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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Film Never Die – Melbourne’s Polaroid Heart

Film Never Die is a stronghold for instant and film photography, situated in a little Carlton back alley. I met Hing Hshen some years ago at a Melbourne Silver Mine meetup, and loved his Polaroid cameras. Hing is a big part of sharing both the film and polaroid culture throughout Melbourne and the World! To get […]

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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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Compact Obsession Continues…

Went out to visit my camera buddy Hing Hshen today, at his shop “FilmNeverDie”. More on that to come… I am delighted to say I am now the proud owner of a “new in box” Olympus Mju II. This little beauty was hiding in the FilmNeverDie shop on a table, in the box, untouched. I […]

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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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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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Mamiya 7II Rangefinder Review

Everyone deserves a brand new medium format film camera once in their life. You can still buy these as new “old” stock on Ebay. If you have the means, spoil youself. Getting one of these babies, in a brand new, unopened carton is a special experience. They ain’t making many medium format film cameras any […]

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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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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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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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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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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 #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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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 Image Review #2

Taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. Some careful preparation rewarded with an opportunity.   The Hong Kong Cultural Centre is regarded by many as one of the worst eyesores in the city. It looks just like a massive block of concrete, without windows, without hope, like a jail. The concrete provides some great texture and […]

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Urbanity Image Review #1

Taken in Hong Kong, March 2014. A somewhat “lucky” shot. There are three distinct planes in the image defined by the location of each of the subjects. I am starting to love finding different, clearly defined planes in images. The suggested lines of diminishing perspective (the long arrows!) are accentuated by the lateral lines of the […]

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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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Exhibition Review – Crossing Paths With Vivian Maier

It is always very special to see real prints framed, and hanging in a gallery. Anyone interested in photography should pop along to see this wonderful exhibition. The exhibition is a well thought out selection of Maier’s images. All my favourites appeared to be on show – I cannot recall a particular image of importance […]

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Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier

The Centre for Contemporary Photography has an exhibition of Vivian Maier’s images on at the moment. Going to pop over to have a look today. The details are : http://www.ccp.org.au/exhibitions.php?f=Gallery_1 03.10.2014—26.10.2014 Centre for Contemporary Photography 404 George St, Fitzroy Victoria 3065, Australia E info@ccp.org.au T + 61 3 9417 1549 OPENING HOURS Gallery Hours Wednesday—Friday […]

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Featured Melbourne Image “Five Ways” – Dee Smith

Dee’s print “Five Ways” is an excellent example of toy camera photography. It was taken on a Holga using Kodak Ektar iso 100 negative film. I picked up Dee’s print at the recent Melbourne Silvermine analogue exhibition “Unsensored 2014”. The exhibition is annual event aimed at demonstrating the art of film photography lives on! You […]

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Starting in Film Photography on a $350 budget.

So you have decided to have a crack at film photography? Here is my recommend “first go” kit for under $350.  What do you need? 1. Film Camera Body (featured above) 2. Lens (featured above) 3. Film 4. Someone to develop and scan OR scan yourself.   1. Camera Body. Well, there is some good […]

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