Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

It’s All About The Camera

14 Aug Day 195

Adam – Personal Trainer – Concord
21 Jul Day 171

Locked In is a new photographic project I’m starting. The aim is to lock yourself in a space for 20 minutes and in that time take only 10 pictures. The idea is to gain an initial view of the space and then see beyond the typical stimuli to find pictures that you wouldn’t otherwise have thought of.

My first location is the bathroom in my house and here are the 10 pictures:
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Rio at Albert St
22 June Day 142

Self-Portrait through the glass of one of my favourite enteries at the Moran Photographic Prize Exhibition
20 June Day 140

Day 131 – The Blues Celebrate
11 June Day 131

Day 130 – Spider listening to Eminem
10 June Day 130

Day 129 – Self-Portrait at Glenelg Beach
9 June Day 129

Day 128 – Blues Rehearse Flash Mob
8 June Day 128

Day 127 – Lara and I with Aboriginal Elder Auntie Josie
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Day 126 – Blues board the plane to Adelaide
6 June Day 126

Fr Clesio from Brazil – Redfern Priest

Úna – at Albert St, Erskineville

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 www.keating18.com

Day 360 – Australia Day

Day 357

Day 356