ANZAC Day fell on the monday on Easter Weekend, so Tueday was made a day off in lieu. After the painter finished his work on a wall in my flat, I set out in the beautiful afternoon sun towards, well, no idea! First it was Fitzroy Gardens, but without finding a suitable parking spot, I kept on driving till I hit Johnston, and then turned into Smith Street. The light was nice, and that sense of authenticity of Smith Street I always enjoyed, compared to, say, tourist-oriented Lygon Street or more yappie or gen-Y but Branswick Street. I found a spot towards the Gartrude Street corner, and walked back up north. Let go of expectations, open my senses. Here I go, my photowalk on Melbourne street.
I realise that this blog is not in the best format to present images, but if you don’t mind clicking on the image, I’d appreciate your looking at them in a slideshow format.
I never thought I’d like ’75’, but it does have a rather handsome face and hint of the power it has under its hood… Anyone recommend a decent condition V6 model I can afford? Or 1750GTV would be even nicer… Oh, and a service garage with a lot of experience in fine tuning old Alfa… for a reasonable price, of course. Ha, it’s all in a day dream.
Now, down shifting, I drove onto the Gardens in Melbourne and walked around the water and CBD.
I’ve decided to try something I don’t do very often: using a bit longer lens on the street. Street photography, to me, is about your presence, participation and immediacy, therefore can only be done with wide angle lens. It has to do with history, back to the time photographers like Henri Cartier-Blesson would walk around town with his leica and its 28mm. You’ve got to be in there, another step closer than you are comfortable with, to get a shot that speaks for itself. Long lens, like TV drama and movies, are for stepping back and watching from your couch. But on this holiday, I decided to put myself in that arm chair and see what the view is like. 85mm it is.
So that’s how I spent my Easter weekend. How was yours? Did you find your inspiration?