Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Why is it that a shorter week means we have to cram a full week’s work into fewer days? While I’m in a questioning mood, why is it so hard to photograph a match head?

Looked at Daniel Norton

Listening to various covers of an 80’s classic because I like the variety of perspectives.


Although the original band has a real advantage…

And for those born after the original was released…





I didn’t have to do much apart from being in the right place at the right time and actively looking at my surroundings. These leaves are as I found them, my only choices were the composition and exposure. I was so caught up in the leaves that I failed to notice the bird shaped shadow until I looked at the image on a larger screen

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Transitions are tough things to manage when it’s just you. The more people you add, the harder it gets. In my humble opinion t may be easier to juggle water.

Looked at an exhibition of work by Silvia Silletto called Exquisite ladder held at the Noir Darkroom in Coburg. After I left, I was reminded of this quote;

”Art is a conversation. And if there’s no conversation, what the hell is it about?”

Lawrence Weiner.

I had a great conversation with Jessica, who is the driving force behind Noir Darkroom about analogue photography and the renewed interest in the medium.

Listening to a lot of game soundtracks lately as an alternative to the time sink that occurs when you get caught up in playing them…


Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Small breaks in routine are a mercy. A walk, a game, a good book or stimulating conversation all help to reset the brain for the challenges of a working week.

With that in mind I deliberately did not browse the interwebs looking at other photographers. It felt almost as good as when I stopped looking a Twitter a few months back ( a decision I have yet to regret).

Instead I caught up on other things.

Listening to Robert Plant



There is a lot to be said for building from a foundation of strength and knowledge (and using a reflector to lighten deep shadows and balance you exposure without resorting to HDR). It can be tricky to get exposure right on something this contrasty so using manual mode is a must.

Same image without the reflector just exposed for the highlights. I actually don’t mind this as there is still a hint of detail in the shadow and the diagonal line from the middle to bottom left is stronger but all that black makes it look top heavy to me. I could work if the image was square though.

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Not sure who said it originally but the skills that make a good photographer require regular exercise, not just to maintain them but for any extension of ability. Ultimately it gives you creative choices and control.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

A long time ago I made a decision to go to Japan instead of Canada, It was a difficult choice as both countries have interested me over the years. Since I’m not going to be travelling in the immediate future. I will settle for a more vicarious experience of all things Canada this week.

Unfortunately I do not have an image that screams Canada so this red leaf will need to do…

Looked at Canadian photographers Farah Nosh, Douglas Kirkland and Yuri Dojc

Listening to another Canadian Serena Ryder