Blurb Australia: First Melbourne Snaps
Posted on May 7, 2013
I knew if I went to sleep when I got here I’d be in big trouble, so I grabbed a map, grabbed a coffee, then headed out on to the mean streets of Melbourne. Very Euro compared to where I normally roam, and far more into things like trams or even walking for that matter. The city feels like a multitude of places. I’m NOT a street photographer. In fact, I suck at street photography. So when I find myself in street photography mode I normally help myself out by creating some type of theme that allows me to wander but still build a small body of work. Yes, it’s a gimmick. Yes, I need it. Today’s theme was look down. Boots, color and what life left behind. The first image is some kid’s sad and broken dream, and was the kind of photo I needed to start my day.
Also ran into a few other strange moments. People mostly doing what people do. Everyone I asked to photograph not only said “Yes,” but they also stopped to chat. Even the musician sitting on the sidewalk stopped his music and explained to me that he was very much interested in being photographed and he was an old hippy who believe in love and peace. Being from Los Angeles I thought it was a police sting and ran away throwing my camera, passport and money in the river to be retrieved later.
Now, I did all these images while battling a new camera, proof that my theory about making work with new gear is the MOST difficult to make. Now you know me. I hate tech s*** so reading a manual just isn’t going to happen. User error, for sure. Actually, anything I say about this camera that isn’ good is probably my fault so keep that in mind. I’m going to review this camera. I’ve only done one camera review ever and I regret doing that one. In short, this camera has buttons, dials, a viewfinder and I’m sure a bevy of quirks. However, it’s small, light and quiet. All I need…….
I’m here, and able to make these images, because we are embarking on the Blurb Australia Whirlwind Tour 2013 which begins tomorrow with a Photo Safari here in Melbourne. Check the links. If you are interested in books, photography or just hanging out sign up and stop by.