Sydney Streets

Ahh street photography.

In a perfect world I’d be able to just put images up on a clutter free website and let that be the end of it. I mean, photography is about the image, right? I hate fancy titles and snooty captions. Let the image speak for itself.

Turns out, it’s not as easy as that. Now it’s all about discoverability; getting people to see your work means attaching words to it. Blogging and social media don’t come naturally to me. I don’t think anything I do is all that interesting. But unlike most people, I like taking photos of random people on the street. I’ll then spend time sorting through them. I’ll delete hundreds. Finally I’ll find one or two that, for some reason, I like. There has to be something about that process I can write about.

There are plenty of sites where I share just the images, without rambling on about the how or the why of each image. You can catch me on any of the social media services on the bar over there on the right (or at the bottom of the post, if you’re viewing this on a smaller screen). Note that I post to this blog first, then drip the images out to those services over the week.

And these places all have areas where you can comment and let me know what you think. But not this place. I pay the rent here – I take all the pictures and I write all the words. If you’d like to comment on any of the images you can do so on any of the services mentioned above. Or email me right here.

So let’s see how I go at actually talking about the images. Click on the image to open it full size, or right click and save as to save a copy.

December-10-2013-0946
December-10-2013-0946

Taken with Olympus PEN E-P5, 17mm. Edited in Lightroom. Sydney, Australia.

I like the story this image tells. I have no idea if the ranger was actually looking at the car or turning around.

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April-23-2014-1350

Taken with Olympus PEN E-P5. 17mm. Edited in Lightroom. Sydney, Australia. George St.

Get it? He’s pushing a bike, and there’s a bike in the background! Street photography!

May 24, 2014 2256
May 24, 2014 2256

Taken with Olympus PEN E-P5. 17mm. Edited in Lightroom. Sydney, Australia. Circular Quay.

I think that this might have been during Vivid 2014? I’m not too sure why else I would be around Circular Quay so late at night. I take thousands of photos of people, front on, usually walking towards me. Every now and then I manage to capture something interesting to me – a gesture or a movement. The girl stepping off the curb, the other with her eyes closed. The guy looking at both of them. For some reason, this one stood out to me.

May 19, 2014 0738
May 19, 2014 0738

Taken with Olympus PEN E-P5. 17mm. Edited in Lightroom. George St, Sydney, Australia.

Two things stand out to me when I’m out taking photos: coffee cups and flyer/charity people. One day when I remember I’ll make a gallery of all the images I’ve taken of those people who try to stop you on the street to get your bank account details for charity. It’s great if you can position yourself to show the reaction on the face of the random stranger they are approaching, and the varying ways people say “f**k off.”

This image show none of those things. It’s just a woman taking a flyer off a fairly benign flyer-person. And she has her back to me – I generally don’t like street photos when the subject has their back to the camera, as I think it’s more interesting to take the photo from the front. Despite all that, this image stood out to me.

December 02, 2014 0952
December 02, 2014 0952

Taken with Olympus PEN E-P5. 17mm. Edited in Lightroom. Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia.

A lot of my early images are taken around Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. If you’re in Sydney, these are great place to start out doing street photography because everyone has a camera and everyone is taking photos of something. You can always look like you’re taking photos of the Opera House.

I like this image because it tells two stories: the ship and the people go together to tell a story about travel or something; the people and the Opera House go together to tell a story about a photographer who hasn’t learned to factor backgrounds into his street photography.

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