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Here and There, Warm Colours.

These are various images taken while wandering around the city. All colours this time. Ciggie break. Damn, I miss that. Hold On. Nap Time. Double Nap Time.

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Sculpture by the Sea 2014 - Instax

Sculpture by the Sea always attracts huge crowds to Bondi Beach, especially on the final weekend of the exhibition. In fact, crowds were so big that it seemed nearly impractical for me to enjoy works of artists as they were. It was rather like some sculptures next to the flow of countless people. Inevitably, I have tried to include my annoyance into a frame to be a part of composition … at least that was my intention. After all, I'm just taking photos of someone else's art, ain't I?

So, I brought a gear that I rarely use on the day, Instax mini 8 that has simple 4 exposure options of indoors, cloudy shade, cloudy sunny and sunny bright. Of course, this camera requires an instant film per every single press I do. What else do I need anyway?

Salute to all the artists who made this year's exhibition. Thank you for the inspiration I have got.

The last photo is a bonus. One stupid dog that chose me over three Bondi girls :)

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What to do next?

I have two photographic questions I'm struggling with right now. One is "What should I shoot next?" and the other is "What should I do with my photos?" I suppose that the answer to the first question would naturally lead me to the next one, although I'm feeling totally lost in the first one.

To tell you the truth, photography is still no more than a hobby for me. The little passion I have and the personal satisfaction I get are the only reasons why I have spent so much of time and money on it. Frankly, pure consumption as it is. Hence, this should answer the first question, right? I must take the type of photographs that I can achieve the most satisfaction from. Then, there is the wall; I can't figure out what that is.

I think it's due to the side effect of learning from the works of various master photographers. It makes you incapable of loving your own work anymore. I raised the bar way too higher than where I can reach and effectively turned a ho…

Boy

Photographing kids is not an easy task, not at all. Although the natural unpredictability of subject makes me expect something totally unexpected and the result can be pleasantly surprising.
Thanks for running. Thanks for kicking. And thanks for not moving.
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Recently Again

Various random street snaps. Are you looking at me? Rest with a stranger Break time 1 Break time 2 Huge Smile Jump
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Recently

Recent street shots in no particular order. All photos were taken at various places in Sydney.
When I saw this, I almost felt that the whole scene looks like a cliché as this couple was undoubtedly head over heels in love each other, non-stop kissing and dancing while the street singer was sing 'Kiss Me' by Sixpence None The Richer. I was talking out loud, "Nice move dude! Very romantic, and whatever ..." in my mind.
Symmetry is fun as well as reading. Old friends make me warm in my heart, every single time. These dogs must be so used to this. Nicely positioned themselves while the lady enjoys her reading. Symmetry is fun again.
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Wooden Boat Dock - Father and A Boy

Not too far from Sydney, Central Coast region of NSW offers some beautiful scenic places that are ideal for photo shooting or maybe just a family picnic. This was one lazy Sunday afternoon with my parents. My dad went for a short walk to the wooden boat dock.


Perhaps he knew that I was taking photos, he walked very slowly as if each step meant something. Thanks to him I had a variety of images to select from. Somehow the long stretched dock looks more lonely than ever.


Then, a young with full of life marched towards me later. He seemed to be very excited to deliver the news from his fisherman father to his mum watching them from behind me. More purposeful composition.

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Once Upon A Time In Centennial Park

One of the cameras I use occasionally is the Olympus Mju II Zoom. The vintage (fancy name of old crab) point and shoot camera.


On that day after shooting a couple of photos, I suddenly noticed that something looks rather different in the viewfinder. The scene appears to be horizontally stretched. Then, I realised that nothing was actually stretched, just the panorama shooting mode was accidentally turned on.


It's not the panorama shooting as you would do with a modern digital camera - stand still and rotate your camera. What it does is simply to block the portions of top and bottom of the frame to create a panoramic viewport. I had never used that setting before, so I thought it would be fun to try.


The above film is the one used on the day, the thinner strip of images. It's easy to see the difference when you compare it to the bottom one. So, here we go. The panoramic view of Centennial Park in Sydney.







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Park Life

Very often you just need some space to get away from daily routine. No need to be anywhere near being spectacular. The place that makes you want to inhale deep and empty your mind for a while. Or maybe somewhere ...

to read ... or to think ... or to share.

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19th Biennale of Sydney

It's amazing how fast the time has passed in the last few years. The first time I visited Cockatoo Island seems like just yesterday, although in reality, it was 2 years ago. I'm really pleased by the fact that the little passion I had for photography at the time had become a delightful habit, that I can just go back when I miss it.

Last time when I was here, this space was a full of wind chimes, and a little girl was running around who gave me the favourite photo of the day. This time, it was an empty space with the audio exhibition. Something different.
My clumsy grip pulled light like paint on canvas, and I don't mind it. Also, it's always funny to meet bored volunteers at the event. 
I captured a fast moving Jedi with 4 lightsabers :) Believe it or not.

It's always inspiring to see the work of art, and it reminds me how difficult to create something of your own that is considered to be unique. Thank you to all the participating artists for their creative w…

The Protest In The Rain

I'm glad to see people sending the messages loud for refugees and other matters. I believe there are still room for less fortunate people in Australia, and I would be happy to squeeze in if I have to.
The bad weather wasn't helping the protest but it helped to make it more dramatic.

I wasn't trying to create any messages from this photo. All I wanted to was include him in the same frame and show that we all have different messages to say. I like this but I can't explain why.

I don't think neither of them will do as it says :)




I suppose Jesus does, but he doesn't love enough to prevent them from being refugees.


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