The hot summer seems to have passed.
I don’t know how those people I see on the street still walk around in T-shirt. Welcome back, the quiet, the introvert, the long nights, the European Master Pieces, warm scarf and hot chocolate and slow-cooked lamb and roast… all the good things this part of the year brings.
I am fortunate. Not everyone has time to invest in their creative life on top of their day job. Well, maybe it is not precise. Not everyone is aware of the importance of investing in what you are passionate about. I am fortunate enough to meet a few creative people who had the lasting impact on how I face my life.
This week I was not at my happiest. Not that I faced disaster or lost something important. A few things happened that upset me. In between the new moon and the full moon, a lot of things went through my mind. Some upset me, some made me nervous and others filled me with a little joy. One day, after a day of upset, I put the headphones on, played music a bit louder, and grabbed the camera out of my bag even before I started to cross the street. I flicked the switch – from where I was during the day to the other, creative side.
One evening I was walking fast towards my platform when I saw this poster. I’ve got to make a few more shots. Maybe I’ll do it with the old mobile camera. I know exactly what I want. But I’ll need to use some patience…
I even managed to add another photo to ‘The Other’ series I’m working on.
Some images come more or less by accident. But let’s recognise it as it is. It may lead to something next.
Thank you, for all the inspiration in my life. Thank you for helping hands. Thank you for your encouragement. And thank you for your comments and Like’s. You make my day.
Another rain on the forecast. I leave my bike at home and take a train in to the city. As the sun sets, I walk around the city centre, looking for the inspiration. No music – my headphone died a few weeks ago when I lost yet another rubber ear pad. New headphones are waiting on stock to arrive… come, my music! In the meantime, I hear the inspirational author speak, “Just keep showing up at work.” (If you are not on my Facebook page and have no idea what I am talking about, check out this TED talk.) I show up, and wait for the genius to arrive and put that image in the back of my eyes, literally, so I can see.
At the moment, I am chasing two images – that must mean there are two images stuck on the back of my eyes – one on each? One is ‘The Other’ series. And this I can only do on the wet street. I haven’t seen it anywhere else. So that is more or less a part of the theme of what’s beyond that reflecting surface, that I started a few years ago. I have yet to get a solid style on this yet, but as I keep working on it, I am sure something will come of it.
The other is this black shadow thing. I posted the first image of that series on my Facebook page the other day. Today I decided to call it shadow noir – ‘black shoadow’ sounds too literal, and what I am after is probably very far from literal or clearly visible.
And something not so serious…
I love the rainy days. See you on the street, when it rains.
I have been following the weather forecasts quite regularly last couple of weeks. Since I started on ‘The Other’ series, I have been waiting for the rainy day when I hit the street to capture the vision of the others in the reflection. Rainy days are great for another of my favourite subjects in my personal photography – the clouds. It just adds that much dynamism, the energy and movement to the scene.
And after the rain, the flowers bloom. Real ones, and not so real ones…
Almost every other evening I stand on the street, the camera strapped tightly to my right hand. Slowly, something is beginning to foam from the foggy vague inspiration or impression or whatever it is that flickrs past.
2 styles. But inside me, I think I’m chasing the same thing. Let’s see where I go. All these images from today’s street shoot.
1> ‘The other’
The other, the ones we keep with us but never share the same space with. They’re just there, standing with back straight. We just don’t pay much attention. But on a day like this, some of us notice it. They’re there all right…
Love to hear your comment, what you feel, what you see… project your art on mine…
I actually have not ventured out on the street with the right inspired mood on me for quite some time now. I missed that feeling of concentrating on my senses and condensing the essence of whatever that inspires me, there and then. The lighting is out of my control. Where I can position myself is often limited. And equipment is limited – old school or whatever you call it, I go out on street with a wide to standard prime on my camera, no zoom, no telephoto. I do not have an issue with photographers who take candid pictures of strangers using a long lens. But that is not what I do. And limiting yourself to a single focal length I think is a great exercise in both forcing yourself to look for an effective composition and also to naturally know how wide your angle of view is at any given point of time. Anyhow… that’s how I put my 20-year-old lens on my much younger digital camera and stepped out onto the wet street of Melbourne just after the sun had gone down beyond horizon.
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I love being out on the rainy day. Wet surfaces add more reflections, making the world look more interesting, and also brighter.
Like I was saying on Facebook earlier (and obviously this is inspired by the famous words by Cartier-Bresson)…
Just grab your camera, step onto the street. Surprise yourself. The rest will take care of itself.
Keep your eyes open, your senses wide open. When you feel something, be humble and face it. Don’t hide from it, don’t shy away from it. And when you did get the courage to actually point and click, you will be rewarded with satisfaction. Good luck to you, and see you on the street!
“Sure, Member’s Lounge is a cool place to meet new people. But it never gave me as much artistic inspiration“, says little Kaius. “Nothing’s within my reach! No drinks, no computer with lots of buttons, nothing! It’s as if it is designed for those tall people. It is outrageous! I’m a visitor too you know. You wanna see my member card?”
It seems NGV has listened. Continue reading Kaius at NGV Kids Space