What??? Never seen a guy drinking beer before?

Sydney October 2013 (2 images)

First off, as I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be away from WordPress and my blog for a couple of weeks.

OK, that’s out of the way. As you may know, I’m a camera tragic and I still shoot film. But recently I wanted a cheap small film camera, that didn’t take up much room. My Hasselblads really need their own bags. So I went to the store to buy a lomography camera. Instead I came out with an old Olympus Trip 35. I wonder if David Bailey (biography) would be happy? What’s David Bailey got to do with the Olympus Trip 35 you ask? Click here for an advertisement from the 1970’s.

Recently the Art & About Festival has been on in Sydney. Basically it’s a month long display of art in various public spaces. So I went for a look and took some photos exclusively using my Trip 35 and some Ilford HP5 film. These shots were from the end of one film roll; the others are still on the roll currently in my camera – it may take a few months before that gets processed. There’s something almost poetic about photographing art with an old film camera and some grainy film in this modern digital age.

Overnight a series of snail sculptures appeared in the city. These have been one of the more popular attractions…


Mum!!! It ate Billy!

Off topic, if you are not proficient in using Lightroom 5 (or even if you are), The Lightroom Queen (Victoria Bampton) has a useful and free downloadable 76 page quickstart guide on her site to help you: click here

So that’s it for now. I should be back sometime in mid November.

Cheers all!

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Art & About


60 thoughts on “Art & About

  1. Thanks for the links provided here. I am happy to be on digital camera as I realised I’m shooting like there’s no tomorrow to get a “good” shot. Taking photos on film would bankrupt me, lol… I am always amazed with your photos. Have a good trip if you’re making any. See you soon, Draco 🙂

  2. Great photos, I really like the snail one with girls 🙂 Camera tragic? 🙂 It’s awesome you shoot with film! Do you develop the film and photos yourself? My dream is to try that out… I’ve got memories from childhood seeing my grandfather developing film himself. It looked so cool. And, have you considered at all switching to digital SLR? I hope you will have a nice break! 🙂

    • I used to develop and print a long time ago. I learnt in school as we had a camera club with facilities to use. But now it is easier to use a lab but maybe I will do it again one day. It is a magic experience watching the image appear on the paper and then hanging it to dry.

      I do have a digital SLR, a nikon D200, but it sometimes feels too big. I prefer smaller cameras these days.

      Thank you very much for your comments and I sure will enjoy my break. 🙂

  3. I have an old camera. I don’t know why my pictures don’t come out like yours. 😦 😦

    Probably because I have never opened the manual. Recently the camera would not work. Would not turn on. I almost threw it out. Went to buy a new one and just by chance asked the clerk if he knew what might be wrong with my camera. He did something with the batteries and …….. unfortunately for him he lost a sale of a new camera. Fortunately for me, the camera still works. 🙂

    But it still takes lousy pictures. lol

    • LOL. In my youth I bought a camera duty free and took it to Hong Kong. Spent half a day there before I went into a camera store and someone showed me why I couldn’t get it to work. 🙂 Practice practice practice! 🙂

  4. kuujinbo says:

    Very nice! Before I read your comments I thought it from your archives (90’s?) also w/film like you posted a few months ago. Congrats on the “new” camera. 🙂

    You should shoot film more often.

  5. I confess that I don’t get the appeal of film over digital; not ‘tragic’ enough, I guess. 😉 The man staring up at Spidey looks familiar, have you photographed him before? Have a great break!

    • No problem. It’s not for everyone. I guess the best analogy I can offer, is that it is similar to the difference between handwriting a personal letter and sending an email.

      I’m sure I have no idea who the guy is, and I don’t think he’s been in any of my photos before. But coincidences do happen. Maybe you’ve seen him before somewhere in the city? Cheers!

  6. This is quite a powerful picture – him staring at that Mr Spiderman with his beer! Mm… so many thoughts could come out of that one. It’s one of those pictures you could use in a competition for submissions for a speech bubble! And I like the graininess of these pictures. I love pictures that are sharp, crisp, and busting with realness, but I think I kind of miss that old 70’s and 80’s grainy texture, it still works really well! 🙂

    And I do remember that David Bailey advert, not sure I remember it from 1973, as I was 5 years old, but I suppose that advert probably ran for a number of years. But did he really use it, or did the advertising just pay a lot of money and bring him even more media attention – I wonder!?

    • Thank you. I did have trouble deciding which of several captions, I would use for that photo. 🙂 I understand that David Bailey’s main professional camera in his heyday was a Pentax ES SLR. I don’t know what he used in his casual time but Olympus probably paid him well enough that he might have used it.

      I hope you and your family are safe from the St Jude storm (stormageddon).

  7. Both are great pictures, but I have to love the drinking spiderman. As to I totally agree with you, there is something magical about the analogue process – although nowadays I mostly shoot digital.

  8. Liz says:

    He’s probably more mesmerized with the guy’s attire? what is he anyway? some kind of superman? and are those two girls for real? The one wearing leggings must be a tomboy and the one wearing a skirt, a sissy, prim and proper and all. What lovely photos, Lignum. Thanks for sharing. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit!

    • Thank you. That first one shows the groom at his wedding reception. I guess he must love spiderman cartoons. I wonder what the bride was wearing? 🙂
      I agree, those two girls do look poles apart in their dress. Many thanks for visiting.

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