Without further ado, and with much deliberation, the final three images from my mini 6 week bridge project. The task was to shoot a particular location and create a series using three photos. The advise and guidance of one of the photographer’s running the project really helped me with the narrative and sequencing. Hope you guys enjoy and would love to hear your thoughts
A quick post of some photos which could potentially be part of my final three selections. I just need to clarify the narrative. Despair as a whole in the bridge? Personally a more compelling theme and will hold an interesting narrative.
I had initially started off with an interest on the City narrative and the human narrative as could be seen in this bridge.
But how do you show the state vs human & does it even apply in the area I had chosen? It’s not really a contested space. There is a sign saying no lying down, sitting or standing on the side walls but I had not seen it enforced.
So I have not had the chance to shoot nor scan the 3 remaining rolls of my processed superia 400 film.
Plus I am finding it difficult to pick the three photos aswell. How do you choose them as a coherent set? What narrative do I wish to show? Portraiture? Shadows? Still life?
Perhaps Morning, Lunch and Late in the afternoon? Decisions decisions. Tips and advice welcome!
I am part of a flickr group called Street & Repeat 106.Every two weeks a new instruction is given to help photographers challenge themselves and see the world in a new light. For this instruction we are asked to pick a location and create a series. We are given six weeks to get our images rather than the usual two. In the end we are to have three images to submit for review. I have decided to shoot it entirely on film as an additional challenge. So far I have been a massing a mix sort of images, from portraits to still life.
It has given me the confidence to engage and ask people for their portraits as well as handle rejection much better.
Pentax K1000, 50mm and my Canonent QL17 GIII 40mm (for a slightly wider focal length)
Fuji Superia 400 for consistency.
My initial thoughts on the project.
The pedestrian bridge acts as both functionally and metaphorically, ie Perth City’s desire to connect the two hubs, Perth CBD and its more lively, bar and cafe filled neighbour Northbridge. The two areas were physically divided by a railway line, which has now been sunk and put underground in order for a new development approriately called the “Perth City Link” This pedestrian bridge is one of the few points which you could see the development, at a high point.
This pedestrian bridge is also one of two which allows pedestrians to bypass the street below and directly connects them to the cultral centre. As such the bridge acts as the inbetween space, where all sorts of characters walk by, arriving from the trains, on their way to either, the art galleries, cafes or bars. Mix this with the homeless people using the cultural centre as a place to sleep at night . I would like to capture the narrative of the City and its characters through this bridge.
Although technically not my first slide film as I shot some expired tungsten film at the beginning of my film journey, seeing the results of the Agfa made me appreciate and marvel at the beautiful colour positive film gifts us with. I see nothing close to it in the digital age. So much so that I am thinking of purely shooting slide film and investing in a several more rolls of Agfa Precisa as it is affordable to buy from ebay. I also found a very good lab that does processing. Abit on the expensive side but the scans are tiffs and the processing is superb. My scans look so much more richer and clean. I hope they stay around for a long time.
Since coming back from the Philippines and shooting a local beach I have always wanted to shoot the beaches here in Aus.
I finally got the chance a couple of weeks ago when I visited Floreat Beach. It was a welcomed break from walking the concrete streets of Perth.
Mind you it is currently winter in Australia so the water would have been freezing but there were still people swimming and surfing.
I love how the blues were rendered by Kodak Ultramax. It really captured the mood. I have three more rolls to develop and they wont be the last! I feel like a beach project is developing 🙂 Thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoy the images.
I have began my collection of photography books and thought it would be nice to write about the things which I have observed and learned.
I will start with Andre Kertesz, Paris 1963. I purchased the book after a recommendation from Bristreet to have a look at for Kertesz high POV and superb shadow work.
The book gives a bio on his journey as a photographer. He was born in Hungary, but moved to Paris to pursue his dream as a photographer and became quite successful. A move to New York would prove a challenge as he did not like the constraints of commission work thus quitting after sometime.
When he finally returned to Paris in October of 1963, he went photo crazy. In 2.5 months he shot 1500 negatives and about 300 colour slides!! That is like digital gunfire albeit expensive.
I can understand his eagerness, imagine how liberated he would have been, like a bird free of his cage, able to finally produce things he wanted.
The photographs are a selection of his black and white work taken during the 2.5 months. I immediately notice his keen eye on geometry and lines. Interestingly we get to see his process as a photographer. The images presented have a thread as we get to see his journey, finding different angles, subjects and pov to shoot whilst on the same place. Landmarks repeat which indicates his exploration of the area he is photographing in. He particularly uses trees as a foreground element to frame his subjects as can be seen on the front cover of the book.
I find life can be felt in his images. Those everyday moments but crafted with his curious eye. Something we all do as photographers, it is almost reassuring. I find them quite nostalgic and have very much enjoyed the book. I think I might devote an entire roll of film with the aim of trying to shoot in the manner of Kertesz. If anyone is interested you are more than welcome to join me 🙂