wandering with a camera
One of the many endearing aspects of practising photography is, for me, the continual sharpening and refining of my visual modality. When I have the photographic hat on I tend to look at the world largely in terms of relationships of form and potential subject, of figure and ground, and of extraordinary juxtapositions of things - in other words, in terms of finding a potential subject for a photograph.
And so it is that when I have the opportunity sometimes to just wander, say waiting for an appointment or whatever, being at a loose end, it is often rewarding to take a camera along. In fact increasingly I find that I just like to have a camera to hand whenever I’m out and about.
Which is how this photograph came about. I was in Richmond recently, waiting for an appointment, and went for a walk. Sometimes the eye is more aware of promising material than at other times, and as I approached this hire yard I was pleased to see the potential of this display of hire equipment and its immediate environment combining as an interesting aggregation of colours, shapes and lines/textures.
Taken on Kodak E100VS transparency film, the quality of the light is critical in this shot. Direct, overhead sunlight is usually a strict no-no but I find it works really well here. The colours are really clean and well-defined because of the light’s intensity and the shadows created on the blue poles add dimensionality. Plus I think there is a rather odd but pleasing palette of colour and structure. The picture is all about form and is one of my favourite colour photographs.
I’m happy with this picture, and with a few of the others I took during that walk. What a great way to spend a short period of time, engaging one’s eye and brain in an interesting and often (as here) rewarding challenge of seeing, exploring and making a coherent picture. And each time this happens I think one learns something, and puts something away into that little image bank one carries around of references to things that “work”.
It’s forecast to be 38 degrees in Melbourne tomorrow, so I might see if I can slip into the city for a while and do something similar then.