I think every city that you live in or have visited has it's hidden treasures in some shape or form. For Sydney my current home town, the city is ever growing by the year. Which leads me on to my latest treasure that I found. And that is "The Barangaroo" site and what a architecture site it is too. From a distance it looks like something that has landed from outer space and rather than being man made. But up close you will see how much work has gone into designing and building it.
This editorial was about creating a set of pictures that reflected not only how "I" saw Barangaroo, but also how I think it was suppose to be built and seen. Which again is the reason why I have shot this in black&white with a splash of colour.
Winter here in Australia is cold but not as cold as the Northern Hemisphere. At least it doesn't snow in Sydney CBD which is a good thing.
"Your dreams can come true as log as you walk to city of dreams"
I have been out of touch with LaMode magazine of late.
Don't get me wrong I have big plans for LaMode this year and keeping it more up to date than I have over the last 3 months is one of them.
I thought I would kick off the first LaMode editorial, with a culture shoot .....and this shoot has been something I have been wanting to do for a while now and that is walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and document it as I go a long.
As per say I have shot most of it in black and white which is my favourite medium when I shoot culture editorials but I have also thrown in a few colour pic's as well, more so to show how amazing it is to walk over such a beautiful part of Sydney at the time of day I decided to do this, which was around 7pm.
I always think of bridge's as a link to one gate way to another place of heaven so to speak .......as the other side is always going to be different. Anyway enough of my prospective of what a good bridge walk should be, here is my point of view of The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If Only I Could See it Through Your Eye's
Sydney has so many amazing photographic opportunity's. Not only in the city, but also around the water front as well. So for this Sydney Culture editorial I have shot a a part of the harbour that is not only surreal but also very photogenic. And the part of Sydney I am talking about is The Royal Botanic Gardens. This place has so many pictures within a picture, you could spend days creating photo's. But for this editorial I have kept it to 21 of the best pictures that I took on the day.
When I am shooting a culture editorial I am not only looking for a amazing picture but I am also thinking exposer or more to a point....... light.......which is what photography is all about. No light then all you have is a blank page .....I like my photographs to have a effect to them which why I shoot in black and white rather than colour when working on my Culture story's. But when I am shooting for my commercial clients there is alway's a good chance I will be shooting in colour.
It used to be the other way around ........black and white was my favourite medium first then colour but when your clients want to see there products in there true form then you are going to have to shoot in there medium of choice which is always colour.
Moving forward Spring has hit us Down Under or should I say in Sydney. So that means you will be seeing more swim shoots!!! Not to sure if I will be doing a lot of them on the beach??? You see I am trying to mix it up. The first shoot will be for my swimwear shop LaMode Swim .........But till then enjoy "If Only I Could See It Through Your Eye's"
The Board Walk
I have been meaning to do a culture editorial on this part of Sydney for a while and the part of Sydney I am talking about is Broadway, or should I say the low part of Broadway. It's the hub of UTS .......for these of you who don't know what that is, it stands for University of Technology. But that's not what I am going to write about here. More so how much Sydney has changed over the last 10 years and will continue to in the not to distance future.
So where this is all leading me, is that some of the amazing architectural that is pooping up around Sydney will continue to do so in the not to distance future. Going by the cranes you will see in this editorial. I love how they have developed this part of the city into what I would call a haven of modern but industrial buildings that give you a futuristic feel when ever you walk down the streets. I have left all the images in black and white. The mode as they call it these's day's on your camera and having not adjusted the contrast's or brightness as to give you, what you see is what you get feel.
Moving forward ..........with Spring fast approaching us here in Australia I am working hard on bring you more fashion and swim editorial's. Not to mention my
new and rebranded swim shop LaMode Swim.
The Witching Hour
It's not very often that I shoot a culture editorial in colour but on this occasion!!! When I came up with the idea of shooting around Darling Harbour (Sydney) Which is one of the main tourists attractions, I had to show it in a different way than you would normally see it if I was shooting during say in the middle of the day. So I thought lets shoot in the late avo or I should say late afternoon/early evening light, when the sun is starting to go down.
I love shooting land, sea or city scape's at that time of the day as it gives a very heavy saturated looking feel to your photo's. Mind you .....you have to work fast as the light can change drastically in a matter of minutes, but that can make it a lot more fun when that happen's as you have to work fast. Not only with your framing but also your metering of the light. I always have a preconceived idea how I want my final pictures to look when I am shooting a editorial for LaMode. But sometimes that doesn't always happen due to the fact that you may have clouds in the sky which is not giving you the light you wanted or the content you where hoping that you trying to capture in your photo's. So when that happens, I go back to the practice of thinking light and composition when I am clicking away. And when I do that this is what I come up with .......The Witching Hour.
The Play On Light
s Photography is all about light .....no light no image. That's why when ever I am shooting for LaMode magazine I get super excited that I have a open book to shoot what I want. So when I decided to document the light festival "Vivid" in Sydney. I thought I would do something different to what everyone else was doing e.g every other photographer.
Rather than shoot the artist installation and show you what it looks like, I wanted to create a different vibe to each picture I shot. Basically what I have done is try and create a different feel with each installation that I have shot and capture the vibe of the night by shooting in more a documentary style, which is what I do when ever I shoot a culture editorial for LaMode magazine ......I hope that I have done that.
I have also included a couple of video's as well. As a lot of the installations have what I would be describe it .....moving parts. There is a lot of colour at Vivid which is really cool for any photographer that enjoy's shooting in that medium but what I like the most about Vivid is that you can always try and push the boundaries when you shoot with what you have put in front of you.
Enjoy "Play On Light"
I love getting lost in a part of my own town that I haven't really documented properly, or should I say photographed. This leads me to ......How many times have you walked past a building, that you have walk past many times before and think to your self. If I shot it in a way that made it look dramatic and or striking, it would make a really cool picture? So when I was thinking of my next culture editorial for LaMode magazine this idea popped into my head ......... A part of my town that I haven't photographed yet, that is not only interesting but would make good "eye" candy.
So here it is the first part of my Sydney CBD culture editorial .........Not to sure when I will get around to documenting the second one or third as I have a couple of fashion editorials to do first. But till then enjoy LOST
Prospective ......that is the word that popped into my head when I was shooting this editorial for LaMode Magazine.
I have been shooting mostly swimwear and a bit of fashion for the last 6 months for LaMode and I thought it was time to change it up for the next month and show case some Culture editorials. For this editorial idea, I had in my head for a long time. So when I was finally able to get out and shoot it I was more than happy with what I had achieved so to speak.
I chose "Victoria Park" just off Broadway very close to Sydney university as my subject to document. The Culture in Australia is to run to the beach when ever you want to get away from everything and relax but sometimes that is not always the case if you can't be bothered to drive, catch a bus or walk down to the beach of your choice and there just happens to be a lot of choice. This park has so much Culture and buzz around it I could of sat in one place and candidly taken pic's of the many people that I walked past. But there was also a lot of opportunity to capture the landscapes and the relaxing area's that are around this park. I also love black and white so when it came to shoot in a medium of my choice black and white was always going to be my choice.
Last but not least over the next month I will be show casing a couple of "Culture" editorials for LaMode ( this being one of them) so stay tuned for the next one in two weeks but for now ......you can always count on "Broadway" to entertain you!!!!
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