TYAT [Ten Years Ago Today]

Ten years ago today I made this picture.

2009-01-25 19:08:09
Religious Figurines in a shop window.

Based on the date and time, I have no idea where I was when I made it. I do however know why I made it.

At this point in my flickr experience I am well and truly enmeshed in a game played on flickr that involved voting for and against other peoples camera-phone pictures. It was called DBOLRL. It was an acronym, it stood for something like Diabolical Lovers of Low Res, apparently. I didn’t setup the group up, but by 2009 was an admin and a very very regular player. Winning photos were deposited in another group called the DBLOLR Hard DiskĀ . The losing pictures were deposited in a group called, DBLOLR: I’m a loser.

As each image moved through the voting process, it garnered a lot of banter. Sometimes this banter overflowed to other text based games in the discussions areas of the group or became running in-jokes.

Plastic religious figurines was one of those jokes. This is why I made the picture.

It has yet to make its way to flickr but given the group like so many others has faded away I have no real reason to upload it. Even though thematically it would fit with my current picture in my stream. [More than one figure]

This is how I operate on flickr. I look for connections from one photo to the next by perusing my archive. I look for all kinds of connections. some are literal, some are colour, tone or shape related. Not to mention lighting qualities and direction. Sometimes I pick an opposite, and even at times the connection is conceptual which in itself may only be apparent to me. It is a pleasurable past time. It keeps my stream fresh and worth visiting in my mind anyway.

Melbourne’s Changing Face

powerlines in a field in Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Powerlines aplenty
2019-01-15 16:48:42 !/250 @ f11 200 ISO
A pit or quarry, now filled in Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
A pit or quarry, now filled
2019-01-15 16:52:12 1/160 @ f11 200 ISO
Powerlines and freeway and other infrastructure facing southwest the freeway on the background, in Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Facing southwest the freeway in the background
2019-01-15 17:08:06 1/250 @ f11 200 ISO
Under this pile of rocks used to be a quarry, Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Under this pile of rocks used to be a quarry
2019-01-15 17:21:53 1/100 @ f11 200 ISO
A mixture of abandoned and working industry Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A mixture of abandoned and working industry
2019-01-15 17:26:05 1/125 @fii 200 ISO

Melbourne is in the throes of a heat wave this week. This makes picture making difficult to the point of unbearable. Luckily for me the weather eased off Tuesday afternoon. So I headed out to a spot that had been lingering in the back of my mind for some time.

I used to drive up and down the Westgate freeway daily. I rarely do now and the changes going on there are massive. A tunnel is being built and scheduled for opening in 2022. Improvements include widening of the freeway with related infrastructure. I focused my attention near the exit from the freeway. This is where to my delight I managed to find a new location that I had not realised existed. I exposed approximately 3 rolls of film and some colour film too. I also made almost 100 pictures on my Canon G9X MkII and my iPhone as well.

The light was actually perfect for photography. Australian summer light is usually harsh with little or no cloud cover. Today was an exception and I made the most of it. The black and white film will be processed shortly. The above 5 pictures I hope gives a sense of what the location looks like. I will return over the coming years to map the changes.

Summer Projects

As is normal for this time of year, I have spent some time poking around in my archives, both digital and analogue. This year in particular my collection of polaroids.

I already have posted the set over on flickr, but decided to share them on ello.co. I can see these as a book too. Again yet another long term project.

My box of polaroids, 1990 to 2016

This box of polaroids I started making in the mid 1990s until the material was no longer made. Some Fuji-Instax pictures are here too.