New Old Locations

I recently created a new album on flickr, it’s a small repository of images I intend to re-potograph.

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The idea was sparked by the above image, which is a place I drive past often and have watched it change dramatically over the years. When I made this picture in 2005 the small group of factories had just been finished.

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Over the years small firms have come and gone, painted and repainted the walls. The inevitable graffiti has been there so long I can’t remember when it first appeared? So I went to re-photograph it on Tuesday, and in the process found a part of Sunshine I had not seen before. While this location is technically outside my pc3020 Tumblr boundary I may add some images to it from the day. I will return with film cameras soon too, as there were trees that I think would work well with my ongoing trees idea, and if my solo exhibition about Sunshine gets off the ground I could include images made from there as well.

Here’s a few more images made on the day.

A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Picturesque or soul destroying?
Picturesque or soul destroying?

 

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Chance, timing and the surprise of photography

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A chance encounter in a Hong Kong Subway in 2005

I made  this picture in a subway under one of the major roads in Hong Kong in 2005. I don’t remember the specifics of it, but it was a happy accident and I’ve never been able to recreate or create a similar image to it.

Photography can be a gift giver, this image a point in case. So even armed with the data needed to recreate this, I doubt I could. I am always pleased when the one eyed machine called a camera revels the world in new and mysterious ways, it would be wonderful if it happened more often.

Sadly this was made at a time when digital storage was prohibitively expensive, compared to analogue storage and has only been kept as a small file. As a consequence it will never been printed, large anyway. Perhaps in a small book. We shall see?