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Selfie Respect – Part Two

After exploring self portraiture some months back, I had a short crack at it again on recent visits to Hong Kong and Radelaide. I didn’t agonise over it, just popped the camera on a selfie stick or on a flat surface and chucked the timer on. Or, looked for my reflection somewhere… Here is the […]

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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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Hong Kong Analogue Camera Trail – Lee Wai Commercial Building.

Lee Wai Commercial Building. Overcoming your fear of being kidnapped – and being used for transplant organs or sold to slave traders to make iPhones in China – is a key fundamental for successful navigation of the Hong Kong Analogue Camera Trail. The Lee Wai Commercial Building is a classic example. There are three wonderful […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Project : Pablo Picasso’s “The Bull” – Part One

Everyone needs to continuously make a commitment to conscious learning, or else the spark inside atrophies rapidly. Too much TV, social media, or gaming can dull anyone’s edge. Be more interesting – stop consuming content and start creating it! (although reading this blog is definitely a “continue” and not a “stop”!) “I guess it comes […]

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Compact Cameras – Undiscovered Brilliance

Until you discover compact film cameras, you will never know what you are missing! I recently went out with a couple of old favourites, the Nikon 35ti and Ricoh GR1v… You can read more about these cameras here : Ricoh GR1v Nikon 35ti Compact 35mm Cameras There are plenty of others I would love to […]

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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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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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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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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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Ricoh GR Digital Compact

Mid to long focal lengths have been my preferred lenses to reach for when heading out to see what is out there to photograph. My absolute favourite (which will probably change next week – like my fave camera of the week) is 135mm on 35mm. Long enough to get closer, and still short enough to […]

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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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