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Two more from the approaching storm

Just in case you wanted more than one photo of dramatic storm images to grace your I have for your pleasure two more.  These are taken with a different camera so they are not available in the same size as the first one published yesterday.  Price for the largest print at 40 inches on the long side is $400 AU shipped to you.

 

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Approaching storm

Have a spare bit of wall that demands a highly dramatic piece of art, well this photo may be for you.  Its in black and white of an approaching heavy rain storm just before the cloud band plunges the scene into a very dull vista.  I have made this monocromatic because there was so little colour in the original, just muted blue-grey.  Its available in any size you want up to at least 40 inches on the long side (just over a metre for the metric people) for $500 AU shipped to you on Lustre paper.  For canvas it is production cost plus 30%.

 

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Wall art

In classic black and white is this beautiful study of what most would consider to be a terrible location, the old Melbourne jail (gaol for the English).  An ideal art piece for that dramatic location on your wall.  The Melbourne jail image sits in the Street Photography category and with the characters in the image provides a greater visual dynamic that enables the viewer to interact with the scene.

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Wash

Imagine this matching your decor, the soft palette of colours, all pastels, derived from an early morning long exposure photograph of a rock awash with waves.  The delicate colours of early dawn beautifully reflected and mixed with the soft toned blues.

 

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Available as a 24  by 16 inch print shipped to you for $400 (AU).

Melbourne Docks

Every now and again a vista demands a panorama shot, Melbourne Docks after sunset is one of those.  Imagine the delight as visitors walk into your house or office and there in stunning detail is a this glorious view of Melbourne docks after sunset.  This image will print at 66 inches by 20 inches or if you prefer metric 1.69 metres by .5 metre, in other words huge.  So if you have a wall space that is looking to be decorated by such an image then contact me.  Price for a photographic print is $450 in Lustre or if Metallic $500.  Canvas of other medium will based on print cost plus 30%. All prices are in Australian dollars.

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doing street photography

Street photography has been around for as long as the camera.  Principally it is about capturing the human condition in urban environments.  However it is not as easy as one might perceive.  The difficulty lies in capturing a photo that tells a story in its self.  That interplay of actors as they are called and the environment in which they are situated.  So often I see street shots, and I included much of my effort in this genre, that don’t tell much of a story.  That does not mean that the photographs are poor its just that the story captured is less a factor in the shot than might otherwise be.

A few photographs might help explain this:

First shot is simply of a man with camera in hand nicely lit and a sense of action from the actor.  That idea that here is a street photographer about to capture a shot is conveyed to the viewer but not much else.

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The next shot is of a man leaning against a wall listening to his music.  It portrays a relaxed mood about the actor, a nonchalance. Again the light is good and the subject calls to the past of hatted men leaning against walls with little else to do, watching life go by i.e. the woman hurrying by in the distance leaves one feeling that perhaps life is passing the man by.  His head is turned slightly away towards the woman almost wistfully, further conveying the sense of loitering, of passing the time.

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The third is of a man holding a cross walking from a shadow into a lit area, this conveys a message often written about of seeing the light of religion and has been captured to represent such a message.  Moreover the hands one in a black glove also convey a similar message, especially since the ungloved hand is also within the lit area.

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The final image has emotion of  a high order.  The subject a man down on his luck with a deep relationship with his sole companion, a dog.  That love and understanding the exists between the actors shows and conveys a story of hope and love despite being homeless. It is beautiful that the man has such a faithful companion to help him through.  A companion that does not judge, just loves.

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I took several shots of this man and his dog and whilst I am not showing them to you it was clear in all of the shots that the man cared deeply for his companion.

I do hope this sequence of shots helps in understanding the levels of story telling that exists in street photography without it being a journalistic piece, (mostly aligned with news events).  These shots all came from one day of about six hours walking around Melbourne.  Now I have done this a few times now and mostly I look a great deal before lifting the camera.  Because it is so easy to just take shots of people that don’t really tell the story.  Some days I have been out and not taken a shot, just because I couldn’t find that story to tell.

So grab a camera wander the streets take shots learn to judge and read the crowd and look look look for situations that tell a story and your street portfolio will grow.

Mixing art with significant events

I hummed and ahed about this post, should I do it or would it seem a bit crass.  In the end I decided that art has always attempted to represent humanity at its best and at its worst.  Including those terrible events of world wars. Therefore it should be ok for me to add my humble token to the ever enlarging pool of art about conflicts between humans.

 

So here goes:

 

I have been attempting to grow flanders poppies for some time, the first effort failed as the plants died while we were away.  This year I have finally succeeded in growing two batches of poppies.  The first is a very impoverished batch due mostly to poor quality soil and minimal water.  The flowers that resulted are very delicate with needle thin stems just strong enough to hold the bright red flowers up for the world to see.  On seeing how delicate they are I realised that in their own way they represented the fragility of humans, especially in times of great conflict and in particular the frailty of soldiers caught up in the horror of trench warfare that the first world war delivered.

 

I choose two poppies to photograph because for me that represents the mate-ship of soldiers at arms, their dependence on their mates to look out for each other.  I know that just a few weeks away is Remembrance  Day here and that the Flanders Poppy is the symbol used to represent our day of remembering their sacrifice.

 

I do hope that the message contained in the image will help remind us that war is something to be avoided.

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