The Brighton Bathing boxes of Victoria, Australia are quite iconic. Although the original bathing boxes are said to date back to 1862, they have been at their present location since 1934. The 38 bathing boxes are quite prized too, and if you want to own one, the record price at auction was set at US$260 000! If you’re thinking of owning property with a view in Victoria, that might still be your cheapest option!
Melbourne is a colorful city and my approach to B&W is never systematic. If I feel like the subject calls for color, color it is! When I shoot street photography I tend to see in B&W, must be a ‘film days’ thing. Part 2 will be all about color…
In case you are wondering, these were all shot with the Fuji x100s with its 23mm lens (35mm equiv.) and the occasional use of the in-camera square format. There are days I want to see the world in a square, but not always!
Here is a collection of images of everyday life as seen through my lens last week in Melbourne, Australia. I hope you enjoy it. Please leave a comment!
I am not sure there is a friendlier city than Melbourne, Australia! Here are just a few of the beautiful smiles for strangers I photographed last week while visiting Australia to teach a photo workshop. I’ll definitely come back Melbourne!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a portrait of a stranger in my ‘beautiful smiles’ series. Today meet Hannah, artist at the Art Shanty project 2014.
What do I shoot when I don’t photograph people in the street? Anything that moves me. More often than not I’m drawn to ordinary objects that look extraordinary to me. Why do they look extraordinary? Sometime it’s the way the light wraps them in a golden glow, other times it’s the story revealed by the colors and textures or simply the memories they evoke. I can find myself in the most mundane of places and that’s usually where I see beauty in still life. Seeing photographically is also training your eye to remove distracting elements from the frame and making compositional decisions in camera before you press the shutter. Taking control of your camera and expressing your vision with intent is an essential step towards honing your photographic skills and one that I love teaching on my workshops.
Next time you’re out and about, slow down! Stop looking and start seeing, there is something extraordinary near you…
I recently wrote an article about seeing photographically for dPS, you can read it here.
(See note about the gear at the bottom of the page)
A note about gear: I’ve been shooting exclusively with mirrorless cameras for almost a year now. I don’t miss my DSLR at all. Of course, I now have the luxury of shooting for myself exclusively and that’s the best thing in the world! Since I travel a lot for my photo workshops, being able to use smaller, lighter cameras without sacrificing on quality is priceless! For me, it’s never been about the gear. I just never felt the urge to acquire the latest and greatest. I enjoy the familiarity of my camera.
So what do I shoot with today? My mirrorless adventure started with the Fuji x100s which I adore, especially for my street photography work. It was not an easy transition because my Canon 5DMrkII was so familiar, I could change settings with my eyes closed! There was a bit of a learning curve at first, I never even thought I would stop using the view finder and rely on the LCD only, but I did! Then last Fall Samsung USA asked me to become one of their US Imageloggers. It’s been a fun adventure so far and I feel like I’m working on a 365 projects with the Samsung gear. After trying different cameras and lenses, I think I found a great combo for me in the Samsung line with the NX300 paired with the 30mm f/2.0 pancake lens. It’s a fine little camera and great value too! All the images above were shot with either the Fuji x100s and its 23mm lens or the NX300, most of the time with the 30mm f/2.0 pancake lens. Those are the two cameras that travel with me these days. On most photo walks I just take one or the other.
January is probably the month when Normandy is the most deserted. It’s quite interesting to visit places such as Honfleur in the off season, the lack of crowds allows you to pay closer attention to details that would normally be overlooked. I’ve been to Honfleur hundreds of times, it is also the starting point of my Normandy photo workshop, and I always find something to photograph. It’s all about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary and not being influenced by the postcard shots.
These were shot with the Samsung NX300.
Although every language can be heard in the streets of Paris at any time of the year, I always find that there is something more authentic about this amazing city in the winter. Here are a few images I collected in the streets over the weekend while working on new itineraries for my upcoming 2014 photo workshop season.
2013 was an amazing year photographically. I ran 9 successful photo workshops in France and the US and made so many new friends along the way. I also enjoyed guest hosting the TWiP podcast every month with so many talented photographers. I wrote quite a few articles for Digital Photography School and started my new Q&A Blog in August. It’s also at that time that Samsung reached out to me to become one of their US Imageloggers. A few weeks later I was thrilled to be offered my own monthly column in the new photography magazine Absolute Photo based in the UK.
AND… To top it all off, Trey Ratcliff and his team recently asked me to join The Arcanum at a Master level in street photography. This is an exciting new adventure and I am honored to be part of it.
2014 will be about teaching, writing, traveling and sharing the love for the beautiful craft of photography. I want to thank my family for supporting all my endeavors, and putting up with my crazy schedule. I couldn’t do it without their love and encouragement.
Thank you all for your continued support. Laugh, love and live your dreams in 2014. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes. I hope to meet some of you in 2014!
I just occurred to me that I photographed three barbers this year. All three images were quick shots taken while walking by the window or the open door of the barbershop. Technically they are far from perfect but they all tell a story. Looking at the pics now makes me realize how beautiful of a profession it is. These are true ‘people people’ who obviously enjoy their job. I don’t look for them, they just seem to find me and my camera! Here are my three barbers of 2013… Which one is you favorite?