Posts Tagged ‘Newtown’

Portrait Project – Day 6

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Portrait Project

Anonymous – Newtown

Saw this girl’s glasses from across King St in Newtown and thought it went well against the bottleshop window. Looking at it now I’m not so sure, trying to work out how the light lost its intensity , maybe I should’ve taken more of the street for a contrast? Anyway I also forgot to get her name so to see how small the world is, if anyone knows who she is let me know and I’ll update the title!


Jackie – from Wexford – in Sydney

Such a random picture today. I was walking down King St in Newtown and bumped into an old college friend of mine, which would not’ve been so surprising if we were in Ireland, or even Bondi but we were in Newtown, and she lives in Perth! Go figure! Anyway her sister agreed to pose for me, the first Irish emigrant to be pictured in the project, and I’m sure, not the last either.

Meiron – Reggae Musician

Well, a dramatic start to the new 365 portrait project. I headed to work today in 40 degree heat with my camera and a minute by minute plan of my day which included going to a gallery opening, designing a poster, replying to everyone I need to reply to and editing my remaining photos (all 10,000 of them). At approximately 6.45 p.m., around the same time I had myself booked in for an amazing ‘random heat struck guy/girl in the city’ day defining photoshoot I discovered I had left my memory card in the card reader on my desk. About 10 more minutes spent with the sweat dripping down my back hanging around the underground passage at Central Train Station, debating how I could ask someone to pose for a photo using my phone camera and not appear like a serious weirdo, and my perfectly planned day was thrown right out of whack.

But things always happen for a reason, even if sometimes that reason is to piss you right off, and I ended up off schedule in Newtown taking a lovely photo of Meiron as the setting sun reflected against the galvanised cover of the old bakery shop. I’m almost tempted to leave it at that descriptive setting and neglect to mention the part where I stood around for 20 minutes trying to work up the courage to ask someone to pose for a photo and then walked away without asking the subject his name! Luckily Sydney isn’t Germany and he was still there waiting for the bus when I realised! Day 1 and I’ve a long way to go!

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!

Day 268 – One of the Crowd

For my last college assignment I was taking street photos in Newtown. One thing I learnt, especially from going through the printing process later was to focus on getting your subject standing out in the picture. Maybe that means moving around or in appropriate cases asking the person could you take a photo, just in a different location. I think before I had been focusing too much on expression and meaning alone but meaning doesn’t mean much if you can’t see the person’s face clearly because the light hasn’t fallen on them.

We had learnt before that the eye sees much more detail, and a greater tonal range, than the camera does. However its really not until I went out, took loads of shots aiming for a specific theme and brought them back to be analysed (ah er criticised more like!) by our lecturer that I really learnt the value of available light. And since I really can’t take criticism I really can’t believe I’m saying that, though its true!

Quote of the day: “According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.” – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Project 365 – 27th Sept 2010

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 239 – Night in Newtown

This project did start off as ‘One’ photo per day but, as I’ve started leaning towards photojournalism/photo documentary type work I like putting in more than a few photos, especially of places, to kinda put them in more of a context. The photos below are of Newtown on a random September night.

Quote of the day: “A great many people think they are thinking when they are acutally rearranging their prejudices.” – William James

Day 217 – Hair Today…

Love today’s picture! We went to an ACON fundraiser tonight that had the legendary local Newtown band The Frocks playing. They rocked, as usual, and this particular gig also included a head shave by Naomi Palmer to raise more money so I snuck my way in to the top of the crowd to take some snaps! Fair play to her, I’ve often thought it would be a good idea but would be too scared to shave mine off in case I’d have an ugly skull!

As for the picture I’m enjoying the continued practice into a type of photojournalism/photo documentary field and think I’m getting better with slower shutter speeds. This one was taken at 1/15 of a second, almost the time frame in which the crowd start to go mad when The Frocks announce they’re about to launch into an 80’s medley! If you haven’t already seen them live you really should!

Interesting quote of the day: “I was really excited to get to shave my head – it’s something I’d wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. It was nice to shed that level of vanity” – Natalie Portman

Day 92 – Tryin to Catch The Rain

“It’s a bittersweet symphony this life, you’re a slave to the money then you die”

So much for my plan of heading to the beach for some sun and sea air today. I got the bus to Coogee with the sun splitting the rocks in Newtown only to arrive to an almost thunderstorm! Typical! I had to dive under cover at the picnic table area and sat for about 25 mins watching the seagulls standing about and splashing in the puddles on the grass, what strange creatures! They didn’t seem bothered by the pelting rain!

Anyhow the rain did eventually stop and I got to look out at the sea and contemplate life so it wasn’t altogether a wasted journey! I’ve been a bit slack with the 365 project in the last week, I guess possibly I’ve had my mind on something that I’m not going to write about here, so it’s been difficult coming up with other stuff that I want to talk about. I did know also it was inevitable the motivation for the project would eventually wane and I think that point was reached last week. However, Miley Cyrus, of all people has been inspiring me, or more accurately I should say Jessie Alexander and John Mabe, who wrote the song ‘It’s The Climb” about their struggles making it in the music industry.

Its the kind of song thats great to listen to when you start thinking life might resemble a bittersweet symphony, and as I’m a fan of expressing myself through the words of others I’ve put some of the lyrics and the song below:

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb