Guest Post – Mean Streets of Melbourne

Entrance to Luna Park
Here’s a brief photo essay that I made on the Mean Streets of Melbourne.  All taken as a passenger in a fast moving car zipping through heavy traffic on a hot Saturday evening.  It covered the Melbourne suburbs of Elwood, where I lived in the late 1970’s, and St Kilda which is the suburb on the city side of Elwood.  In the 19th century St Kilda was a luxury beach side area of grand houses, many of which still stand today.

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Finding a niche – Street Photography

Chained Bike in pastel greenHow do we go about finding a niche in street photography? What is street photography in the first place? Is there a universal definition, or do we have to find our own way?

I’m not a big fan of the term ‘street photography.’ It’s a vague, nebulous term that means different things to different people. So any means we use to define the term will of necessity have indistinct boundaries.

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Local Landmarks: Fish Fountain

The Fish Fountain on the Green in downtown Charlotte

I thought I would talk about a difficult shot today. This fish fountain is behind St. Peter’s Catholic church and alongside an urban pocket park called “The Green” in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. There are some tall structures nearby to cast shadows, but it’s near the western edge of the downtown area so the sunsets are not obscured by a lot of high rise buildings. (more…)

Local Landmarks: NoDa Storage

NoDa Storage in the North Davidson Historic District

The subject of this image is a local landmark in the North Davidson historic district. NoDa Storage (for North Davidson) is one of a very few examples of Art Deco architecture in the greater Charlotte North Carolina area. It’s a cool piece of work though, very well maintained. The problem is that it’s a total bitch to photograph.

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Zack Attack – Zacks Hamburgers

Zack's Hamburgers at Golden Hour

This was the week of the Arctic Vortex. Where I was in North Carolina the temperatures didn’t get down to South Pole levels, but it was still a royal pain to deal with. After a day and a half of staying inside I had a case of cabin fever. My solution was Zacks Hamburgers. (more…)

Paul Simon was wrong

Woman Reading

One of my favorite Paul Simon quotes was “everything looks worse in black and white.”   While I’ve never been a believer in making monochrome images for their own sake, sometimes an image has some indefinable quality in black and white that makes it the better choice.  Making monochrome images does not automatically infuse a photograph with any magical qualities, and they are certainly don’t become “artistic” just by removing color.  Each image is unique, you have to do what’s best for that single image. (more…)