June 19, 2013
It took me a very very very long time to feel remotely comfortable shooting portraits. I dislike having them taken myself so always felt uncomfortable even taking street shots of other people, let alone posed portraits. But they are growing on me as I shoot more people. Particularly people I am comfortable with. Travelling has made me more confident, taking photos at parties where a little wine lubricates the creativity and confidence. But in the last few weeks especially I feel buoyed and am relishing portrait photography. I took photos a friend’s wedding and did a portrait shoot for another. They made me feel at ease. They made it easy to give of myself. Isn’t it supposed to be the photographer saying that? Yes … normally … but they are not shy, often unconfident me. My subjects make me feel comfortable, they give back to me. They so loved the way I portrayed them and mad the experience a joy.
One friend particularly gave me the most amazing boost when she told me about how she felt about my portrait. She said ‘I just see me, you captured my soul’. Her words touched me and gave me the strength to do more. Maybe this is overly dramatic to some but to me photographing someone is so intensely personal and I need all the confidence I can muster to do it. But the last few weeks I am reveling in it, thriving on it. Bring on the portraits I say! (Watch out peeps … I am on the loose with a camera. Seriously … am totally up for a shoot).
May 16, 2013
Just a quick little post.
A Polaroid from my cousin’s wedding in March
May 12, 2013
Chinese Dragons are one of my favourite things – I just love them. So I tend to take lots of photos of them when I see them.
Although in Western mythology dragons are often represented as frightening creatures and were once placed on maps to represent uncharted waters, in Chinese culture they represent good luck, power and strength and are highly visible in the famous Chinese Dragon Dances on New Year’s and other festive occasions.
Today I was having a look at the last few polaroids that I needed to scan/edit/post and these were the only two left of my px600 shots (yay for catching up!).
The first image was taken at my grandparent’s house in Brisbane the day my grandmother died last year. The second I took at the lovely Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore last September and I gave it to my Mum along with her birthday presents last year.
Both my Mum and her mum were born in the Chinese year of the dragon. I took the photos in the year of the Dragon. I lost both my Grandmother’s within six weeks of each other last year, in the year of the Dragon.
Being Mother’s Day and realising all these little connections as I was getting them ready to post on Flickr was poignant for me and a little sad. I miss my Nanna and my Grandmother a lot but I love remembering them and am grateful that neither are in pain. Last year I wrote a little post about them but it was all too raw at the time to say much more. It still is really.
So Happy Mothers Day to all you mums. Both those who are with us and those who aren’t.
May 6, 2013
Hey everyone. I had a little spruce up today. Changed my header image for the first time ever and my colour scheme. I did consider going to a new theme but I still haven’t found one I like quite as much as this.
What do you think? Yes? No? Maybe?
I love the background colour but am unsure if it’s a bit hard on the eyes reading and I do dislike the way the little facebook widget looks like a white box. Hmmmm. I may go back to a white background. But will see …
Just thought I would share this happy accident. This is what happens when you get integral film stuck in an sx70 and then proceed to try to rip it out but can’t, then someone else does.
Hehe … i kinda like it though!
May 4, 2013
When in Thailand from September last year until February this year, I really was a bit slack taking polaroids. I admit it. But I got a few good ones (and quite a few failed ones!). I loved the way that the heat affected the Impossible Projects PX600 Poor Pod film. My last post showed one of the MCG taken in Melbourne in the middle of winter where the film turned up fairly true black & white, as did my other Melbourne winter images of Kew. But in the heat of SE Asia it became a gorgeous sepia colour – some of the following images were taken from exactly the same pack as the one just mentioned! It has taken me quite a while to get these up but finally here they are!
I am heading back to Thailand soon and seriously considering which cameras to take with me. My heart tells me to take three – my digital, my Canon TX film camera and my Polaroid. But realistically there are pros and cons to this. Last time I didn’t take all that many photos – about seven rolls of film and two packs of Polaroid. This was in six months and for my normal output is not a lot. I can’t develop my negs or scan them over there without quite a bit of trouble (although I must check out these options further), so it kind of renders film photography a little lacklustre when you can’t look at or work on your images for six months. Plus then you end up in my current situation of having about 30 rolls of film to develop and scan.
With regards to the Polaroid I also have pretty much trashed the film going in and out of airport scanners and subjecting it to heat. The PX600 is okay but the last couple of packs of PX70 Push have yielded little but a blurry pink wash – maybe I just need to find arty ways of using the blurry pink wash though!
And the digital. I love my digital camera. I love the bold bright colours and the ease of using it. But when I travel I often find myself reaching for the film camera before the digital. I didn’t take it to Thailand last time and it was probably a good decision but I also can’t take low light/nighttime images with the other cameras and a digital would be great. Another consideration is that maybe I might want to use the digital to do some professional photography there … to try and sell my services to people by giving digital camera lessons or do photoshoots for people, which of course I would love to do on film but for the aforementioned problems of development.
So add to this the heaviness of everything, the bulkiness, the chances of them getting wrecked in the humid Thai weather. With all this it seems like it might be too much trouble even though I don’t move about much when I am there and tend to live in the same place for months at a time. And then there’s the tripod …
What is your experience of travelling with multiple cameras plus all your other gear? Who shoots film and has been away for a lengthy amount of time? How do you feel about the time it will take till you actually see the results and then having piles to develop and scan? Tell me your thoughts to help my decision. But meanwhile …
PS small disclaimer – the image of me wasn’t a self portrait … it’s Chris’s first polaroid shot. The light was low, hence the lack of detail in the face … but I really love it.
April 6, 2013
Well … I finally did it! I finally set up somewhere where people can purchase my images!
I went with a shop on Red Bubble in the end after many months of thought and research.
I would I confess like to run my own personal store and have control of the product but, given my constant travelling habit and the demands of a PhD, decided that this would be a better way to go.
Not only is it convenient for me but Red Bubble have a great reputation for quality products and an amazing range that I just couldn’t offer if I did the shop myself.
You can purchase greeting and postcards, photographic prints, framed prints, mounted prints and canvas prints – so there is definitely something for everyone on there! Also, their photographic prints are actually done on my paper of choice, Kodak Endura, so I am really happy with that. I’ve so far loaded just a few favourites from my polaroid shots but will be uploading more as soon as I can!
Of course if there are any other images from my flickr or blog that you would really love to see on your wall, I would be really to make those available as well – just contact me through the blog and let me know.
So please spread the word and visit me at Red Bubble!
March 27, 2013
As some of you know I am a bit of an AFL (Australian Football League) fan. Namely I am a Carlton (Blues) supporter. This intense love for the game came as quite a surprise to me when I first moved to Melbourne. Being from Queensland, we tended to support other football codes and while I liked to watch Queensland trounce New South Wales in a match on telly, I had never been to a game. Victorians in general are, however, mad about the sport and my tune was changed after my first game.
This week the football season kicks off and tomorrow my beloved team plays another team that I am quite fond of … The Richmond Tigers … I hope they pound them … (sorry Tiges fans).
This polaroid was taken on one of the last days of play last year as I cycled home from work through the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) one of the major battle arenas for the AFL.
I think Carlton were playing Collingwood that day … nuff said.
October 27, 2012
Just a little sneaky peek of my Thailand photos … currently I’m scanning the polaroids. There aren’t heaps … but many many 35mm shots to come!
September 28, 2012
What do you do at 7am in Singapore airport if you don’t feel like shopping or eating?
September 27, 2012
Last month I was in my ex home of Sydney for a conference. I also went to the amazing Atget exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. I had brought my Polaroid sx70 and a pack of Impossible Project px600 poor pod film. Inspiration abounded and produced my first decent lot of Polaroids in months. It felt good.
PS I’m heading to Thailand today so you might not see me about for a bit. But I promise to come back with lots of lovely film shots from my holiday.