Blurb Australia: More Melbourne

Looking forward to hitting the streets of Melbourne once again today and kicking things off right with the Blurb Photo Safari. Oh, did I mention I figured out the camera? Or at least I have a better understanding of how it actually works. That is always nice when you are actually trying to make images……

I’m used to looking through cameras that literally have NOTHING to see inside the viewfinder. My two main cameras have been models with NO electronics. No meter, no auto anything so when you look through the viewfinder you see…well….your subject. Now, when I look through my new little baby I feel like I’m in a flight simulator. Will just take this old dog some time getting used to.

The first image here FEELS like Melbourne to me. That architecture and that sky, which I’m basing on exactly ONE half day in the city. I looked up, saw the building and said, “Not exciting but it kinda feels right.” The rest are themes started on yesterday’s post. I’ll be out again this afternoon with the crew from Blurb and a rabid following of local photographers. See you there.

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Blurb Australia: First Melbourne Snaps

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.
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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.

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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.

Everybody Street: Cheryl Dunn

A friend just sent me this link and I thought I would share it here. I’ve yet to see this film but will as soon as I possibly can. I have to say, for me, there is nothing more challenging than making great street work. I was fortunate enough, several years ago, to meet and spend a little time with Joel Meyerowitz, who I consider one of the real deal photographers out there. I admire his street work, but also the fact the guy can go with an 8×10 and make something like Cape Light, one of my all time favorite books. In fact, I go to Maine once a year, which is fairly close to The Cape, and when I do, I ALWAYS think of his work. Both of these clips are from the New Yorker site by the way. Well worth a look and a read.

When I see films like this, documenting folks like Bruce Davidson(took his workshop at the Palm Springs Photo Festival), and Bruce Gilden(fearless) as well as Meyerowitz, it makes my palms sweat. These people are so dedicated it makes me feel like I haven’t even started my photography career. Just look at the rows of archived negatives behind the folks being interviewed.

Now, I am posting a simple white box with this post because I would never post one of my street images when I’m referring to these folks, and I’ve not requested permission to run any of their images so I’ll just leave it at that. Take a minute and watch these clips.