Week 04 is now finished. Man its going pretty damn quick! Shots were all taken from the Australia Day Skyworks celebrations in Perth. The usual fireworks were cancelled due to a plane crashing into the Swan River whilst doing tricks. A sudden sad turn of events,It will not be rescheduled this year.
B sides below which were mostly portraits. I think I may start an ongoing series on Australia Day.
I thought I’d mix it up this week. Instead of randomly generating a theme, I decided to pick Australia Day as it is tomorrow. Now that is a public holiday for us and it has landed on a Thursday this year. Imagine having to come in to work on Friday after all the revelry. It is predicted there will be about 200,000 sickies (Australian term for calling in sick but really you just wanted a day off to recover from your hang over and do not want to use your leave)
They also have events during the weekend. Hopefully some great photos come about. Oh and in case you are wondering, I did not take friday off and no I will not take a sickie…
Pick for this week above. Although I explored “insertion” as engaging and interacting with the subject and making their portrait, I did not like this approach as it wasn’t evident at first glance without the justification/spiel.
Alternatively, I went and searched for people in the process of inserting something. A straight to the point approach.
In the end, I went with inserting my self/shadow into the image. At least this way I was physically inserting my presence in the image, not just by the approach to create a portrait.
The image I chose for the week was the juxtaposition of the mannequin and lady’s arms to portray the insertion. I also like that my shadow is visible in this image.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Not to be outdone his friend, strikes a final pose to send me of my way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Straight to the point here. A nail of a pigeon.
From the initial post of the week. I was quite happy with this one as well. Minimal and obscure.
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.