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Day 365 – Sunset on Sydney

Well I eventually made it to day 365 of the ‘take a photo every day for a year’ project! Whew, it was a long year and a much tougher project than I realised. I mean it did sound easy, all you have to do is take 1 photo but the stipulation that you have to post it to a public blog/social network site meant that constant thinking went into what the image should be and the technical considerations to achieve that. It did take its toll in the end and I missed a few days but it’s something I’m very glad I did and would recommend to any photographers. It really focuses you on why you photograph and its uses as a visual art.

The photo above is of patrons arriving for a show at the Sydney Opera House with the sun setting in the background casting a shadow across the ground. I thought the sun setting was appropriate for the ending of the project but also in an iconic Sydney landmark which is the city i took most of the photographs throughout the year. It is typical of a lot of the images I took this year, part voyeuristic, part disengaged. A study of people and things without my presence impacting on the people within the image.

It is for that reason that I’m starting a new 365 Project but this time entirely of portraits. If I hid away to photograph the world last year, this time I will spend every day asking people can I take their picture, with the resulting image only happening in that unique way because of the connection between photographer and subject.

If anyone would like to be part of the project you can either take your chances on finding me on the streets of Sydney or give me a shout through the ‘Contact Me’ section above. I look forward to it!

Quote of the day: 

“We can aspire to anything, but we don’t get it just ’cause we want it. I would rather spend my life close to the birds than waste it wishing I had wings.” – Eli Attie

Day 364

The great photographer Walker Evans once said “Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” I think lately I’ve taking his advice too much to heart and have developed a fascination for looking into people’s houses as I’m walking by to see what they’re watching on tv. A habit made substantially easier by the Sydney heat and people having their doors open! And a practice made weirder by the fact that so many people are watching the same thing that you were, on this occasion the tennis.

Anyway I thought it would be appropriate to include one of these shots for the second last Project 365 entry as a look back on my photos through the year reveal a number of ‘stalker’ type images. One reason for this was my desire to become better at not being seen while I’m taking photos. The advantages of this in a commercial sense are the resulting ‘natural’ look images which really show in a positive light those people who simply freeze up in front of a camera.

Day 363 – Compromised Rules

For more pictures from this event see

Day 360 – Australia Day

Day 357

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Day 352

Day 351 – La Perouse

Day 349

Was I the only person in the world to think Black Swan was overrated?!

Day 348

On my way home from the Cinema in the Cemetery in Ashfield! Psycho was playing!!

Day 347

One of the pictures at the ACP (Australian Centre for Photography) recent exhibition. The recent collection was very much a celebration of digital art with massive photoshopping involved in nearly all the pictures. I suppose in this context the audience sees the art as something that was put together rather than observed, though I guess it began as an idea observed in the photographer’s mind. The amount of work that went into the pictures has to be admired though.

Day 346

Day 345

Towards the end of this 365 project, and probably after the pressure of taking a picture everyday had worn me down, I definitely started taking pictures without regard for the audience and for more personal reasons. Like the picture below of my notebook, phone and pen and a street in Newtown. It isn’t of any great aesthetic deposition but the visual brings back far more memories than anything I could’ve written.

Day 344 – Newtown Street Cover

Day 343 – It’s been a long weekend!

Day 342 – Cricket on the mountainside

Day 341

Photographing some inspiration in the poster shop window!

Day 340

Finn sleeping seems to be cropping up again!

Day 339 – New Shoes

Day 337 – Patrons fascinated by Annie Leibovitz Retrospective

Day 336

Taking pictures of the street for reference for future portrait pictures

Day 335 – New Year’s Day

Just after the stroke of midnight, Donna and Jake pose for me in front of the fireworks. Happy New Year all!

Day 317 – Heading Home

Day 320 – Backyard Back Then

Day 324 – Another Self Portrait

Day 325

I took a little break after college ended and it was interesting that the photos I took when I didn’t have to take any were nearly all related to trying to memorise something, whether an event or the price of an item in a shop, as below.

Day 327 – Christmas Eve

How many hours for the turkey again..?

Hmmm, not sure, lets play a drinking game instead!

Day 328 – Christmas Day on the River of Tranquility

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Day 333

Day 334 – New Years Eve

Project 365 6th – 10th Dec 2010

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Project 365

Day 309 – Portrait of Photographer

Day 310 – On The Street

Day 311 – Self Portrait

Day 312 – Family Portrait

Day 313 – The Night Sky

Day 304 – Shoe Advert

Day 305 – Strange Self-Portrait!

Day 306 – College Homework, example of post-modernism

Day 307 – Don at Glebe Tram Sheds

Day 308 – Newtown Sign

Day 299

One of the last pictures I took before my camera was stolen, sniff, sniff! Had a class excursion to The Mint, which is the hub of the Historic Houses Trust in New South Wales. I was surprised how much emphasis is put on design, some of which were waaay too flowery for my taste! I kinda liked the one pictured below though that would’ve been used in interior design, probably as a wallpaper from the late 18th century on. Actually I could’ve just made up that date!

Day 300

An early start at Bronte this morning to take some photos of my friend’s dog

For more shots see

Day 301

Day 302

Newtown’s a great place to live near for pictures. This guy here is one of the locals, having a smoke and a break from his scooter at the cafe.

Day 303 – Playing with Light

Day 293

This picture was a college assignment, the theme paparazzi.

Day 294

We were sitting outside a Fish & Chip shop in Drummoyne when I took this picture. My friends were surprised saying ‘you can’t take photos of children!” I just thought oh my god the world has gone mad, we’re fed so much crap that nowadays people think that taking a picture of a child is somehow a crime. So the future generations won’t know what children looked like or behaved today because photographers, and I feel especially sorry for male photographers here, are looked at like criminals for engaging in what is their hobby, study or even job.

You can say that parents take ‘safe’ photos of their offspring but those pictures are unlikely to be published or end up on a museums walls or their archives. In any case would they have the capacity to capture that defining moment. I’m not saying I can but I just liked the light in that setting and I thought it was interesting how the child was bored waiting for his mother outside the shop looking out onto the cars driving by. I would never take disrespectful pictures of children but I won’t apologise for taking that one. People are too caught up in an irrational fear of the purpose of that photo and fail to see there can be beauty in another person’s view of their child, not just the evil that the media force feed us. Photography is not a crime!

Day 295

I read an interesting editorial on why people photograph recently and it said that most people take photos at celebrations, birthdays or awards cermonies, etc.. because they are considered unusual events. Most people don’t take photos of their daily commute to work, its so common in their minds, there is no fear of the moment passing, the same moment will be there tommorrow, next week or even next year. But all moments pass, eventually the train above will be decommissioned and those people on it will be no more. Its only then that that moment will become extraordinary, because it can never happen again. Still the man in the middle in white doesn’t seem to share my sentiments!

Day 296

Day 297

One of my favourite photoshoots of the year! I had to do a fashion shoot for college and tried to make it look like the Dolce & Gabanna ads with Madonna and her bodyguard in a public restroom. Unfortunately limited to one model, Aisling (i.e. Madonna), we had to grab people in the toilets of the Courthouse in Newtown to make it work. Another patron held up a white foam board to reflect the light and everyone else was wondering what the hell we were doing! Funniest conditions I’ve ever done a photoshoot in! The ‘bodyguard’ spent the entire time laughing and recommended at the end that I use professional models in the future instead of randomers in the bathroom of a pub. Ah but it wouldn’t be half as much fun!

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