Monthly Archives: February 2012

Street Photography

Street Photography, Documentary, Reportage, Photojournalism, Street Yo! Whatever you call it, it’s all about hitting the streets on foot, aimlessly, like a stray dog. Chasing light and even sometimes chasing an interesting subject! I love the process of discovery, experiencing life and recording what I see. Something Gary Winogrand said which I think rings true with aspects of my photography, “I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs”. It is as much about the process as it is the result, photographing without any preconceptions and with respect.

Random portraits

I enjoy taking portraits but I mostly prefer the results of street photography. Arranging subjects in a frame without the interaction whether it be on the street or other setting is much more difficult and therefore much more rewarding for me. My next post will be a series of what I consider street photography.

  

  

Auburn

 

Use the forks Luke…

Well, the food is what gives man his power. It’s an energy source created for consumption by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the community together.

 

 

Auburn Festival 2009

Scanning Scanning! Still going through some older stuff while I scan the latest 20 or so rolls I’ve shot in the last few months. A couple of people have also asked me about gear (I really don’t like talking about gear! Whatever tool works for you is the best camera) …. But for all those interested in what equipment I use, Epson V700 for scanning negatives and a Leica M6 camera with a Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 lens. I also sometimes use an EOS 30 (film) with a 28mm.

I guess I use film as a way of separating the newspaper work from my personal work. Working for 3 community newspapers it the western suburbs means I shoot between 5 and 10 jobs a day and drive between Granville, Homebush Bay, down to Bankstown, Padstow and Picnic Point and as far east as Marrickville and Newtown. I don’t do all those locations in one day but each day tends to be split up by location but not always. The Canturbury and Bankstown Torch is the largest of the 3 papers followed by the Auburn Review.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the busy days! Meeting a new person every hour, cruising around taking photos is definitely a dream job. But after a chaotic day it’s quite therapeutic to take it back down a few notches and slow the process right down with film photography and not having the instant results of photos on the back of a screen allows me to really enter a nice zone.

Traditional owners and the newly arrived

      

 

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