Layer upon layer…

Phone cameras in the beginning had a perceived short coming of making everything in focus. I never saw it that way and I love to exploit this idea by photographing windows and reflections.

Based on the window contents I’m guessing I was in Acland Street, St.Kilda on this day ten years ago. There are several long established cake shops here. It has over the years however evolved into a bit of a backpacker hotspot. Judge that any way you see fit?

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Cafe Style

2009-03-28 10:25:05

The only picture I made on this day ten years ago. A cafe somewhere in Melbourne’s inner west.

I’m still surprised that I managed to make interesting pictures with my humble Sony Ericsson C902. At the time it was producing a larger file than the iPhone. I waited until the iPhone 4 was released before I switched.

Clumsy Abstraction?

2009-03-25 07:32:28

This picture made ten years ago today is a clumsy attempt at an abstraction. I have no idea where I was when I made it? Based on date and time I suspect I was on my way to work and it is perhaps a piece of public transport infrastructure. Is this a case of too many pictures?

Something I have noticed in trawling my archives is that I was much more experimental in my approach using these early phone cameras. Looking back on them some are pleasing and interesting. I feel now that my phone has a much better camera, including software to operate it, I now take less risks. Also I maybe focussing on achieving a more recognisable outcomes instead of a try it and see approach.

Roadworks?

2009-03-23 08:32:25

This picture made ten years ago, tells me several things. Our street had new kerb put in in an effort to slow traffic, in terms of speed and amount. And that I caught public transport to work that day.

Perhaps the paucity of images at this time can be explained by the date they were made? Maybe weekdays saw me less ‘open’ to picture making than other days when I specifically went out to make pictures. On my days off.

March that year saw me uploading a typical mount of pictures to flickr so I was making them.

My flickr upload statistics for 2009
my flickr uploads for February, March, April and May 2009

Early Experiments

red buntings flap n the wind against the sun one afternoon in March 2009
2009-03-21 13:50:58

In 2009, ten years ago when I made this picture. Cameraphones were crude devices. Yet often capable of producing wonderful results. This image is one of them.

Strangely, despite the ease of use and portability of these devices my picture making was nowhere near as prolific then, as it is today? Sadly then, this is the only picture I made that day?

Disk space and storage may have been one issue impeding my picture making acticities. My state of mind another. Still I’m glad I never intentionally delete pictures, no matter how bad they seem when measured against my standards.

TYAT [Ten years ago today]

Flowerdale 2009-02-09 12:40:54

Some of the worst bushfires Australia had seen occurred in February 2009. It took many months for several small towns and villages to open as it was a gigantic crime scene. My meagre attempts at making pictures do not nor will they ever express and convey the loss and anguish felt bot those caught directly in its path. Not to mention the total sense of me being an alien in my own country.