At just before 9pm the fireworks were shooting up from the Showgrounds. Music is playing, kids are screaming, it sounds like fun out there.
As promised, here is a series of photos from the surreal Grand Final saturday. As my friend said, I had never heard of a football match that finished in a draw! That is just unreal. How could that be? “Come back to the stadium next week – we’ll play again???” In the Japanese baseball, there is a best of 7-match series. But that means you will play the last match till it’s won, if it goes into the 3-on-3 tie. It is not going to extend the season, it is not going to leave all the supporters not knowing what to do with their function bookings for the night.
Anyhow, I am not a footy follower, so I don’ t know how the supporters of the teams felt. But before the match, I could certainly feel the sense of pride and enthusiasm. I walked around the town up until about half an hour after the match started, and captured some images. I’d love to hear your thoughts, as always.
Check out the rest of my photos from the Saturday below.
It was a beautiful Saturday. The crowd in uniforms walked one part of city down towards the huge stadium… Nobody expected such an outcome.
More photos from the sunny Saturday’s street before the match coming up in the next blog post. Stay tuned.
A day after a scheduled photo shoot was postponed (baby always wins!), I had an unexpected pleasure of photographing a lovely baby. Vanessa is a month old but she is a beautiful little thing. I’ve also had a chance to photograph a 2-year-old boy and mother just last week as well. But I did not know how much I enjoy working with mother and child. There is something undeniably beautiful about them together. It is a challenge for a photographer to capture something that is already known to be beautiful (there is a better chance of doing a poor job of letting them down than exceeding their expectation by producing images that look more beautiful than, well, something that is already so beautiful), but I do enjoy the process and the pleasure of actually capturing it is enormous.
Monash Gallery of Art will be exhibiting images by Australian-trained Chinese photographer, Li Gang. The gallery’s website introduces his works as:
The use of hand-built cameras introduces risk and accidents to Li Gang’s work. In his photographs, instead of control and mastery, there is magic and mystery. The photographic darkroom was always a place of magic and mystery, where alchemy and science turned silver halides into pictures. Li Gang returns to these roots.
Now, doesn’t that sound interesting! The opening event will be held this Sunday 26 September at 3pm. The artist and curator will both be present, so it would be a perfect opportunity to get to know the insight of the unique style exploited. There will be refreshments served. If you like to come along with me, please let me know by the day before.
This exhibition will be open to public from the 23rd of September (today) till the 26th of November.
You might also like to know that this year’s Bowness Prize winner will also be announced this evening (23 September), so I’m guessing that the short listed works will be on display if we go there on Sunday. I look forward to seeing you there!
Monash Gallery of Art: Opening Hours (how to get there)
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12noon – 5.00pm
CLOSED Mondays & Public Holidays
On Wednesday night, Leukaemia Foundation hosted this year’s ‘Light the Night’. This is the annual event for those who lost the loved ones, those who survived and everyone who show their support to the research and fight against the illness. As I explained to everyone whom I shot portraits of, I was not an official photographer for the event, but acting as an individual photographer wanting to record the event from my own perspective. As such I gave those people my contact detail, URL for this blog and contact number, but if you happen to find photographs of somebody you know, please feel free to let them know, and share the photos. I did my best to remember names, but with my poor memory, I only had a few people. If I got your name wrong, I do apologise. Please let me know and I’ll correct it. If you like to contact me, please use my email address on my profile page (which you can get to by clicking ‘About’ link close to the top of page).
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I was almost humming that first song of U2’s ‘All that you can’t leave behind’ album as the people smiling in the sun pass outside the window of my bus. Unfortunately my beloved B&O headphone was out of action, after having been pulled this way and that every time its cable got caught by my hand, bag, camera and while it tried to catch my phone before it hit the ground on rare occasion. So it was just the music playing in my head but it was just that kind of day. I might even go on to tell you that it might have been the most beautiful day of the year. And I was sitting in the sun on the bus heading out of my part of town, passing the hospital and university, and dropping me off near Lygon Street.
On the days when I have a good flow of creative stuff, I can feel that. I don’t know if there is actually some juice flowing in my gut somewhere, or is there a chemical content or some specific electric current running in some corner of my brain, whichever it is, I feel it, like a prediction, that ‘I have it today’.