I love ambling around the pedestrian-only shopping precinct of Melbourne’s CBD people-watching.
I love the mundane and ordinary (as I’ve often said before)…expressions on people’s faces.
The fatigue and boredom of some.
The lively expression of others.
The chaotic scramble as shops and office buildings close down and melt into the low hum of cafe society – coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants – opening up for the evening trade.
The last bars of the Busker’s song and the frantic fumbling as I negotiate my new camera’s haphazard listing of settings. And a silent curse as I resort to Auto ISO, Auto white balance and Auto Auto. No, I don’t mean ‘full’ Auto. I thought I had ‘the cat in the bag‘ last week, but I seem to be struggling with the exposure this week. And the framing. And my memory (of manual read and repetitious sample shots at night).
Too many things to do this week, so my Photography will be limited.
It may have been a chilly day in Winter 2012, but Buskers in Melbourne’s CBD still seem to draw a crowd. Whether watching, or just talking among themselves, (as in the third image), music (of all kinds) makes for an uplifting gathering together of kindred spirits.
I just love the Artists, Musicians, Acrobats, Mine Artists and everyone else who roam Melbourne’s shopping precinct (hoping to make a dollar or two).
Since I took up Photography as a hobby, I’ve made dozens of images of the Buskers in Melbourne’s CBD (central business district).
From musicians, jugglers, illusionists, circus acts , gifted creators of amazing street art and mime artists, but my favourites have always been the Latin American or Flamenco Guitarists. Some of them are World Class and I’ve even bought some of their CDs (on sale next to their street performance site).
They probably tour Australia (or Europe and the rest of the World), but when I don’t see them for a while, I often wonder – where are they now?
The Trio below (two of whom seem to interchange with a couple of different guitarists), I first photographed in 2012, then in September 2013 and more recently in February this year. Their music is sublime – lively, uplifting and full of amazing guitar finger work. True performers and entertainers…….and really great vocals.
I hope they come back this summer to Melbourne’s main shopping precinct.
I’ve missed them.
When I’m standing at one of the tram stops in the city centre waiting for my transport home, I often take random shots of the action across the road.
It’s usually a couple of quick shots with little thought to composition or focus.
Every now and then I get a good shot, sometimes a Great Shot! (and sometimes a not-so-good shot).
But since every photo opportunity is a Great Opportunity (to practice Street Photography), none of the resulting images could possibly be a waste of time.
I tried so hard to take the last image in this series without that plastic barrel lane divider behind the musician’s head, but all my efforts were to no avail. I could have left the image out of this post, but these amazing and very talented musicians deserved to have all 3 photos online. (I guess some of you experienced P/S editors could have removed the barrel from the background).
These photos were made as I waited for a tram to take me home and their music was just extraordinary – the perfect background for a long wait and a delight to the senses.
Once again, apologies to the long term followers that have seen these images before, but I thought new followers might like to see these candid images that sparked my interest in Street Photography.
As always, if you see yourself in one of my images and object to it’s public viewing, just drop me a line and I’ll remove it.
(But I really hope you don’t, as it’s these Candid Shots that record our Culture and Urban Environment for Future generations to come).
I have never seen the city of Melbourne so crowded as it was last Sunday. Seems like the whole of Melbourne converged on the main shopping precinct and inner city lane ways. Bright sun and dark shadows made for some great B & W photo opportunities. Shame I was in a hurry and had to make do with just a few quick shots.