Week 03 – Update

I have been continuing my hunt for this week’s theme “Insertion”, which I have interpreted as my engagement of people in the street. I could not find Philip and his Christian friend from my previous post but proceeded with talking to two people who I found interesting. My goal was to talk to them about the particular characteristic which caught my attention and hopefully get a photo of it. The only thing is I didn’t get any of their names! Rookie mistake.

CHARACTER 1

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Please back the F up – Perth 2017

Met this guy in the morning on my way to work. I missed the bus as the bus driver parked way before the bus stop so I did not see him. Anyways, I ended up walking and came across this guy’s shirt. I started talking with him and asked where he bought it and if it was cool if could take his photo.

He explains he got it from 6foot4honda,  a tshirt brand who specifically make apparel for bikers. I imagine they would get there fair share of cars being too close to them and this design certainly reminds drivers to keep distance. He vouched for its efficacy, telling me one driver gave him backed off and gave him space after reading his shirt.

 

CHARACTER 2

I was walking around Elizabeth Quay and noticed a man’s tatoo on the back of his hand while he was rubbing his head. I’ve always wanted to take a portrait of hands to tell a story and thought this would be a great opportunity to ask. Before I asked I took the photo below, trying to tie in the double arch of the bridge and the two mates just hanging out.

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Not a bad view – Perth 2017

My approach went something like this –

Me: I like your tattoo. Do you mind if I take a photo of your hands?

With a perplexed gaze, he replies.

Him: Yeah. Alright

Me: Is there a meaning or story behind this tatoo?

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A drunken tattoo- Perth 2017

Him: Yeah , there is. I was pissed! (we use this term in Australia, means drunk)

He shows me his other right hand and states this one had meaning. It was a tattoo done by his best mate Karl who passed away.

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Karl – Perth 2017

I thanked them for allowing me to take a photo of his hands and sharing abit of his story. He lets me know next time it will cost me $30.00 for a photo and gifts me with a pose. I only wish it was a sharp image!

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Next time that will be $30 – Perth 2017

Not to be outdone his friend, strikes a final pose to send me of my way.

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Take a photo of this – Perth 2017

 

Week 03 – Insertion

The theme randomly word generated for this week is “Insertion”.I went out looking for some photos for today’s blog post and considered insertion conceptually, ie, as a person or an idea that can influence/affect/engage with another person.

I thought about how as street photographers we have the choice to engage with people. In the past I avoided this, but I am finding recently I have been talking more to people and getting abit of their story. It does get awkward sometimes and I think to myself I could have asked better questions. Questions which are related to what made me interested in them. Something to be mindful of for the next time.

Asking for a self portrait is an act of inserting one self to the street scene, much like a photojournalist documenting a story. Rather than an observer trying to capture the moment, you become a participant.

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Philip – Perth

The first person I engaged with this week is Philip.  He moved to Perth in the 90s from a town near Kalgoorlie, some 200km away. He talks to people in the CBD about Jesus and Christianity.

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Handshake – Perth 2017

When I introduced my self to him, he grabbed my hand and told me Jesus loved me, along with a choreographed hand shake related with his statement. I found him really calm, friendly and easy going.

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Jesus Loves You – Perth 2017

That’s his bike that uses to get around. When I took this image, I saw the man with the sign about to walk past and quickly framed the bike as a foreground element.

Ideally, I should follow this story through if I can. Hopefully I can meet him again or his friend holding the sign this week.

The difficulty will be selecting the single image with this story approach… But that’s something to worry about at the end of this week.

 

 

 

Week 02/52 “Nail” – Selection

Did not have much time to shoot this week due to work. So the choices were few. But in the end, the photo selected happened towards the end of my photo hunt today!

 

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Pigeons are assholes – Perth

An alternative image for this week. A pigeon smashing and trying to pretty much break the neck of this other white pigeon to steal its bread. Brutal. Who knew they could be so aggressive.

 

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Pigeon Nail – Perth

Straight to the point here. A nail of a pigeon.

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Grip – Perth

From the initial post of the week. I was quite happy with this one as well. Minimal and obscure.

 

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Busted – Fremantle

Just as I was going in the station, a scene which I initially wrote down as a potential concept was right in front of me. Sometimes the universe just gives you things 🙂 I took three frames of the scene and opted to choose the one shot from the back  as shown on the featured image as it was cleaner and had a more minimalist story and aesthetic. I also like the gestures and expressions of the officers. The writing on the back of the guy’s black shirt is also a bonus.

But I could have really gone either way. Shooting different angles and compositions, adds a whole level of complexity and justifications when choosing. Initially I thought the composition from the side when looking at it through the ricoh’s lcd. However one’s you see it on the big screen, in lightroom, you see alot more detail.

Which frame do you guys prefer?

 

 

Week 02 – Nail

Random word generator has gifted me with the word “nail” for this week.

Initial thoughts on how I could approach this theme out in the street.

  1. Focusing on alot of hands to show nails. Need to get super close
  2. Using nails (the once you hammer) as a foreground element for some juxtapositions.
  3. Hang out with bouncers in nightclubs and wait until they kick someone drunk out
  4. Police arresting someone.
  5. A crucifixion

Should be an interesting .

Week 01/52 “SECRET” – Selection

Week 01 has come to a quick end and now its selection time. The theme secret was alot harder than I thought. I made some photos which I really enjoyed however they did not go with the theme and thus did not make the cut. This culled quite abit of the photos, simplifying the selection process.

The photos below are the ones which I believe relate the strongest to the theme.

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  Mastermind – Cottesloe Beach
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Hide – Margaret River
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Veiled – Elizabeth Quay
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Penthouse – Northbridge
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Back of house – Fremantle
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Profile – Fremantle

In the end, the photo that won for me was the inital shot I took in Fremantle from New Years Day of a woman sitting by herself outside a cafe. Although it doesn’t have a strong story, I like the ambiguity, colour pallate ,small details and subtlety of the image.

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Hair – Fremantle

Week 01 – Getting over the low hit rate in street photography

A scorcher of a day today in Perth. 41 degrees Celsius /105.8 Fahrenheit is expected! I’ll be staying in, keeping cool and will not be hunting for the project. A sort of street photography recovery/rest day. This forced me to have a look at all the photos from the previous days of shooting.. alot of… Continue reading Week 01 – Getting over the low hit rate in street photography