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Featured Street Photographer #2 – Sean Breadsell

Sean has a very well curated site where he posts his best images. There is very little image clutter due to loving all his creative “children” equally. Having the decisive mindset to pick only your very best images from each shoot is something to aspire to. Forced choice is often my go to tool – one […]

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Featured Street Photographer #1 – Ed Fetahovic

What a great place to start with featuring other Street Photographers! Ed is a Perth based SP focusing heavily on his passion for black and white photography. His website, Monochrome View offers a great mix of all kinds of information and thoughts. http://www.monochromview.blogspot.com.au/ Ed approaches his creative growth in a mindful way, ensuring he is […]

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What’s Your Excuse? Tash Wrote a Cookbook…

Everyone can live a more creative life. The access to so many tools to execute your particular artistic objectives must drive the ghost of Shakespeare to #SMH. The same thing that has destroyed the book industry has democratised it. Computers and the internet have decimated the traditional publishing business, but at the same time has […]

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Notebook Project – Discarded Objects – Post Review

Packed the Nikon F100 with a macro lens and headed into the city to see if I could capture “discarded objects” as a theme. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. My ability to notice detail is quite limited. Combine this with a lack of patience, and you have some serious […]

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Book Review : Henri Cartier-Bresson “The Decisive Moment”

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment” is one of the most recognised photographic books every released. The “spiritual father” of street photography was very fond of presenting his work in books rather than prints. The Matisse cover is just the first of many joys the book will bring you. The book has been reprinted by Steidl but […]

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Notebook Project – Discarded Objects

Without a plan to succeed and do things, nothing will get done. Just thinking about photography is not going to improve your skills or eye. I have been keeping a diary of ideas to help me when I am looking for inspiration and a reason to walk out the front door and into the world […]

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Creative Exercise – Learn to See More

First of all, make sure it is an interesting day! Secondly, this is not about you but taking the time to see more of the world that exists around you every single day. Now that I have more of an interesting intro for the Facebook leader post, let’s start from the start. I was recently […]

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Photographer Stories Podcasty Stuff

I was recently approached by a mate to be interviewed as part of his ongoing series of podcasts featuring different photographers talking about their work, gear, and how they go about it. You might like to listen to it here. I hate the sound of my own voice and suspect I come across as a […]

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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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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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Glenferrie Station

Glenferrie Station is a surprising location, nestled amongst our quieter, inner city. A short train ride from the CBD, it’s various nooks and alleys are complex and worth exploring. The entire station can be scouted and shot in less than a half hour if you are keen to pop the shutter and then enjoy one […]

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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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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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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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Trying New Things : Adelaide Road Trip

I recently took a trip to see the Trent Parke exhibition in Radelaide. The trip itself was to act as a bit of a “reset” button. After focalising (one of my French bosses created this word!) on black and white street photography since November 2013, it was time to just stretch the legs again. Some […]

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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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Project : Applying “The Bull” Concept to Hong Kong

Whilst in Hong Kong, the notebooks got a fair workout, trying to find a way to apply Picasso’s “The Bull” concept to my visit. Picasso started with a very detailed, and aesthetically pleasing sketch of a bull and stripped away parts of until he felt he had uncovered the essence of the subject. What is […]

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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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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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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 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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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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