Author: Vicki

BLACK AND WHITE

SECATEURS & RUBBER GLOVES – Close to home series


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I’m having trouble seeing in Black & White these days, especially since I rarely go into Melbourne for some street photography, so I’m practising with things I see around my apartment when the weather isn’t suitable for a walk outdoors.  The secateurs and rubber gloves I’d left on the end of my desk (ready to take outdoors and return to my gardening tool box) caught my eye.

This is a rare time I’ve actually shot in Monotone and haven’t had to edit the image at all.  It seemed to have just the right amount of contrast and DOF.

Shooting ordinary everyday objects indoors is actually not as easy as it looks I must say.

Feel free to offer some constructive criticism in the comment box below.

LIFESTYLE

JOHN FRANCIS CARROLL


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I first met John Francis Carroll when he was busking at the Queen Victoria Market in North Melbourne last year.

His guitar playing was superb and I sat on a bench nearby for quite some time (lost in his music).  I approached him during a break in his playing and asked if he minded me making some photos of him as he played and if it would be ok to share them online.  I can’t remember that I did share them online at the time, but I certainly emailed him several images a few days later and said he could use them in any way he wished.  I bought a  couple of his CDs – Salmon Tails Up The Water (Celtic music, of which I am a big fan) and Musica Dalla Corsia (an even better collection of his talents) which I have listened to many times and thoroughly enjoyed.

He plays guitar, harmonium, bodhran, keyboard and Mandolin.

You can imagine my surprise and delight to get an email from him last week saying he loved one of the images so much, he’d used it on the back cover of his latest CD; Blues Instrumentals (of which I received several copies in the mail today but haven’t had a chance to play the CD yet, having been in the city half the afternoon for an appointment and some street photography).

As an amateur photographer, I must admit I get a thrill when anyone uses one of my images and credits me as the Photographer.


 

 John plays at various venues in and around Melbourne, together with some function & festival work.  He may be contacted on his website.

Keep any eye out for him if you’re a Melburnian – he’s well worth listening to.

 

STREET ART

STREET ART – FOOTSCRAY


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Footscray, the suburb next door to mine, has residents from some 135 countries and while 10 years ago the population was mainly from Vietnam, China, India, U.K. and Italy, today, there’s been a major increase in residents from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar (as well as refugees from other countries).

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Over 80 languages are spoken which no doubt has some influence on the suburb’s wide variety of street art.

I decided to explore one lane opposite the Footscray Market late this afternoon after some shopping and liked what I saw.

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I’m keen to explore some more another day.

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PHOTOGRAPHY, STREET PHOTOS

WHERE IS HE NOW?


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From the archives…..

This image of a busker in the main shopping mall area in Burke Street remains one of my favourite images to this day.

I haven’t seen him since 2010 which is the year I first took up Photography as a hobby and I often wonder……..where is he now?

This is one image which looked terrible in colour, but B & W – just perfect.

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ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE – OLD & NEW – MELBOURNE


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From the Archives……

I didn’t go out of my way to make images comparing old and new architecture for these shots.

They are just various cityscapes made over a number of years when I was in the city (of Melbourne) and happen to contain architectural styles.  Originally shot in colour, they seemed to lend themselves to B & W conversion.

 

BLACK AND WHITE, FINE ART

BOIL KETTLE, BOIL


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Since I rarely go into the city since moving to the western suburbs of Melbourne 4 months ago, this blog will change in subject matter/style.

Not sure where its going, but hopefully I’ll wake up one morning and find some inspiration.

Simple subjects will probably take over from (mostly) street photography.

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