Posts Tagged ‘Portraits’

Fr Clesio from Brazil – Redfern Priest

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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 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