Answering melancholia

The light is different, and I look through the eyes of a stranger. It’s unique to this house, the light streaming in through the large windows strangely gentle upon the textures and splinter of wear, neglect and wanton destruction. Sad, resigned, melancholic, timeless photons testify to the cruelty of time. And so, steeped in this light, I allow melancholy to slip...

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The last stand of Location #176 + Location #77 revisited

Development of Sydney continues apace, and while many locations remain protected by the webs of red-tape and indifference, a number have fallen: #29 Tram Sheds, #40 Warehouse, #42 Island Asylum, #176 Hospital etc, have fallen to the drive for redevelopment, profits and renewal. And we found out today that the long-standing #176 Winery is now in the midst of being...

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Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN E (for Sony NEX) and Location #111

I recently got myself a nice and cheap Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN E for use with my Sony NEX-5. The main reason for this was to use it as a replacement for the 16mm f/2.8 pancake prime, which, apart from not being particularly fast, is also so soft that I dread putting it on my camera. In any case, the Sigma 19mm, which was just released recently, is such a cheap lens at $209...

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My hipster life

Instagram and Hipstamatic are two of the big names that have been rocking the smartphone world, with everyone having an iPhone taking pictures and putting that stuff online for all to see. Personally, I am not a big phone photographer, averaging maybe one shot on a phone every fortnight or so. It’s just something that I whip out when something really catches my eye or...

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Location #123: Ruins

Shouldn’t be too hard to guess this one! Numbered 123 on my location database, it’s fairly famous and has been photographed a lot. I nagged my partner over a number of weeks about going (since it’s quite far away from central Sydney) and at last we went! It was everything I imagined, but up close, it’s an experience on another level. It’s really fantastic to be...

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The new Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The Museum of Contemporary Art used to be a favourite destination of mine, but the gallery spaces were always kind of hard to access. Still, the shop, while rather dark and cramp, was a rather quirky place which had a lot of great books on art, as well as arty non-book items. Of course, the shop under the Opera House also has similar types of merchandise, but the MCA was...

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Philip Bloom workshop on DSLR video, Sydney 2012

On Saturday 3 March, I went to the Sydney leg of the Philip Bloom DSLR video workshop tour held by RODE Microphones. For those who don’t know who Philip Bloom is, he is a UK based cinematographer who does a lot of his work using digital SLR and large sensor camcorders. Check his site and other sources for more information. The reason I went to the workshop is simple: I...

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Location #151: [REDACTED]

The house stands, shielded from the road by a thick growth of bushes and trees, protected by a fence. I hike down, around the fence, and there the old mansion stands, its colonnaded  facade streaked with age and neglect, in stark contrast to the near-new white house adjacent. Graffiti adorns the incongruous tin roof addition. And I start the arduous trek up, through...

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Lines of the city

The camera reduces our three-dimensional world to a two dimensional construct within a frame. Lines and shapes and colours take on a different kind of importance to us, and once more we appreciate the slight changes in angle and position that change the way a scene looks, from the ordinary to the abstract. Stepping out from the quietude of the museum, with its clean-cut...

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Photojournalist: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer “Recorders”

As mentioned before, I am a journalist by trade, and I write for a magazine here in Australia called Electronics News. It’s not a glamorous job, as it’s a business-to-business publication which caters to engineers and other professionals within the electronics industry. That said, it does have its perks (mainly travel) and when I do features or articles that require...

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Red Carpet Photographer (Louis Vuitton George St Launch)

“Miranda will be here in 10 minutes,” said the black-clad publicist to the enquiry of one of the photographers in the scrum. “Looks like you’re going to have to miss out on that ballet.” It was obvious by this point who everyone was waiting for: the highly successful “our” Miranda Kerr, who would be attending the launch of the new Louis Vuitton store on...

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K-Pop Music Fest in Sydney 2011

There was a bit of respite from the summer weather on the evening of 12 November, a great day to be out with a whole bunch of other Korean pop music lovers at the ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park, where JK Entertainment had gathered a veritable bunch of K-Pop artists, all of them very big names for fans of the genre, for the K-Pop Music Fest. In a way, this was a historical...

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach 2011

The highly popular Sculpture by the Sea was back in full force, running from 3 to 20 November at the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. As usual, I was captivated by the surreal nature of some of the sculptures, especially within the context of the seaside. I opted to visit on weekday evenings so as to avoid most of the crowd. With the antipodean summer extending daylight...

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Prelude to summer

And so recently, it seems the long-delayed antipodean summer weather has arrived. Of course, summer hasn’t actually officially commenced, but for photographers, the expanded day light (combined with daylight savings) means night shoots get pushed to later, as do golden hour times. Daylight has also, it seems, become much stronger and brighter, necessitating controls...

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