Tenth January 2008

sunrise in the grampians in western Victoria, Australia,
Sunrise at the southern tip of the Grampians.

On this day ten years a go I was having a well deserved break with my wife in a lovely bluestone cottage at the foot of the Grampians.

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Mining the archive September 2018 I

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli  July 2004

I am currently transitioning my workflow from Aperture to Lightroom, for a variety of technical reasons.

During this process I am rediscovering images that I have always felt had some merit. This image made from the top of a moving tourist bus has always intrigued me, because it was a fast reaction snap, and because of how the lighting and composition have come together. I would have most likely aimed recklessly in the direction of the buildings not sure of what I was going to capture and pressed the shutter hoping for the best.

The resulting image is quite eye gabbing as a consequence. It is one of two I made that day in similar circumstances.

Chance, timing and the surprise of photography

running man in subway
A chance encounter in a Hong Kong Subway in 2005

I made ┬áthis 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?