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.
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