Recently I received some fan mail.
Thank you and fuck you “Kate”.
Recently I received some fan mail.
Thank you and fuck you “Kate”.
I recently found out that soon Voigtlander will be releasing a 10mm Hyper Wide Heliar lens. I’ll admit, when I first found out about it I was quite excited but when I saw what price it was going to be I became a little less excited. As you probably already know #ilikeitwide, so can I justify spending another $1k on another ultra wide lens? Yes, so I’d better start talking myself out of it, quick. Firstly: I work in retail so I’m not exactly rolling in money. Secondly: I generally don’t buy new, the last new thing I bought was 10 years ago, so maybe I’ll wait until someone else buys it and decides that it’s way too wide for them. Thirdly: Exactly how much wider is the 10mm than the 12mm? And this is the bit that convinced me. The 12mm has an angle of view of 121º, the 10mm has an angle of view of 130º which means the 10mm is only 7.5% wider than the 12mm. Now let’s compare that to my previous wide upgrades: from 24mm to 15mm was a 31% increase in wideness, and from 15mm to 12mm was a 10% increase in wideness. Now for the motherload: from the Xpan 45mm to the 30mm was a whopping 84% increase in wideness! But that was one hell of an investment! Fourthly: I have been enjoying using the far, far less wide 40mm recently and the 21mm equivalent 43mm on the Mamiya 7 is beautiful. Fifthly. Is that even a world? I was sceptical about fourthly, no red squiggle, I’m going with it. Fifthly: I have always thought it was strange when people upgrade their digital camera just because there is a new one out, I don’t want to be one of those people. So for the immediate future I’m sticking with the 12mm.
I have been slowly working on my own Xpan Photographer profile for weeks, a bit at a time, waiting for the right gap to post it in. You will have to excuse all of the commas. Here it is.
Some of you might have seen on Facebook or Twitter that I finally got around to making a book of my photos that I took in Japan in 2006. 9 years in the making! It is 8×8″ & perfect bound, it has 88 pages and contains 76 colour and black & white Xpan images. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand and want to buy a copy, please contact me first.
Because I got my images out of the “archive” I am slowly replacing my low res photos on Flickr from Japan in 2006 with higher resolution versions. Some of them still look good even after 9 years. Click here to see more from Japan in 2006, there are a few to replace so this might take a while.
A double-decker post! zOMG!
It’s a double post because I’m nearly 2 months into owning the Sony A7 and a couple of weeks ago Ambré and I went to rAdelaide for the weekend.
The Sony A7, like I mentioned I have had it for nearly 2 months and as much as I don’t want to admit it, I don’t hate it. I have been wanting this camera since it was announced but due to the amount of money I have spent on digital cameras in the past and watched depreciate into nothing, I refused to buy new. I was waiting for a used one to drop below AU$1000 and it finally happened. I only really use it for the Voigtlander 12mm, I have had a go at less wide with it (35mm) and that was a epic failure and we won’t talk of that ever again. It’s nice to have a camera that I can comfortably and confidently use at night without the worry of shitty high speed film and slow lenses. It just works.
But there are things that annoy me, like forgetting to check if the memory card is in it or my computer before I go out and the digital level indicator that just isn’t level. Also what I really like is the ability to wirelessly send a photo to my phone or iPad, edit it and then upload it to Flickr. I did this a couple of times in rAdelaide and it was fun. I was just using Snapseed and I think I might have went a bit over the top on a couple but oh well, fuck it, decide for yourself.
This doesn’t mean I have abandoned film!
Animated GIFs —>
Like I mentioned Ambré and I went to rAdelaide for the weekend a couple of weeks ago, it was my first time in rAdelaide and it didn’t disappoint. There were some interesting sights. We mainly went over for to have a look at Trent Parke’s exhibition “The Black Rose”. To be honest I was a bit disappointed. But rAdelaide’s photography and street photography gods were shining down (or is it up?) on me while I was there and I took a few winners on the Xpan. We also went for a few nice long walks, even on the beach and saw many wonders that rAdelaide and Glenelg had to offer. I’d go back.
So the final scores are:
Sony A7: 8/10
The Black Rose: 5/10
Deli in the rAdelaide Market: 10/10
Street photography in Adelaide: 9/10
The stupid fucking tram in rAdelaide: 2/10
Not being able to eat the fucking desserts at the hotel buffet: 0/10
A student reviewed a couple of my photos when I was exhibiting in Unsensored in 2009 and I recently found a copy of it and I thought I would share it. Unfortunately I don’t remember his name, nor can I find it online. Thanks, you.
The viewer is initially confronted with a scene of loneliness and depression in Matthew Joseph’s Bye Bye Birdie (fig. 2). This is communicated evoked / suggested through a cloudy background, derelict cottage, lone pine tree and a barren farming landscape in the midst of a drought. It is difficult to imagine the sweat and toil the farmer must endure in a barren landscape like this and it appears all the farmer’s hopes have been lost. A sense of depression also exists in the presumably isolated location of the subject, away from friends and all the opportunities that exist in a city area. Though this is initially unnoticeable, a close examination will reveal a couple wearing dark sombre clothes as if they were going to a funeral. The bird may symbolise the end of life in this bleak place and its ascent into a more peaceful existence in heaven.
Upon closer examination of this image, however, one may begin to discover that it is open to interpretation. It could also be imagined as a place to live in simplicity and retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life – to a place where the lack of city conveniences could lead one to reflect upon the meaning of life and of how tough times often strengthen a person. The farm and tiny home may be seen as a place that fosters feelings of resilience and a place where the family forms a close-knit community. A sense of mystery is revealed after analysing Bye Bye Birdie (fig. 2) for a period of time and it becomes difficult to know what to feel as you do not know what is going on inside the derelict cottage, leaving it open to interpretation.
Directly below Bye Bye Birdie (fig. 2) is a contrasting image by the same artist called Customers, not commuters (fig. 3). The hustle and bustle of the suburban train is a great contrast to the slow paced life portrayed in Bye Bye Birdie (fig. 2). The old-looking train interior appears very plain and boring. The photograph enables the viewer to imagine actually being on the train and enduring the severe rattling. It even creates a dizzy feeling. As in Bye Bye Birdie (fig. 2), a sense of mystery exists as the fast-paced nature of the train trip is enhanced through the blurred scenery outside the train window, making it difficult to know where the train is travelling through.
Unlike the desolation displayed in Bye Bye Birdie (fig. 2), however, a ‘colourful’ sense of life is present in the people travelling on the train. A wide variety of people from all walks of life is represented and includes people from various age groups, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic statuses. There is some mystery surrounding the activities people may have done before the train trip or intend to do once they finish their journey (such as work, shopping, going home or other activities). A variety of activities are also occurring as the journey is underway, including listening to music, reading newspapers and having a conversation. A sense of mystery exists again in what the passengers are thinking and talking about. Feelings of both contentedness and suffering are associated with the overall image through the portrayal of people’s various moods. The interior of the train, itself, evokes a sense of unease through its dated interior.
When I started this site, I wanted it to be a place for my friends and I to share our photos, discotheque means record library, fototheque means photo library. That never happened mostly because I am a more prolific shooter than most of my friends. A year or so ago I had the idea of having profiles of Xpan photographers associated to my Hasselblad Xpan page. I finally got around to it, http://www.fototheque.com/xpanphotographers So far I have 4 Xpan photographer profiles on the site and quite a few more in the pipeline. Check it out!
I posted a link to this on Twitter and Facebook but I didn’t put anything on here, so here it is. Last week a friend of mine Damo wanted to sit down and chat to me about photography for his website Inconspicuosity. So we met at The Spread Eagle Hotel while our SOs were stitching and bitching. It was a lot harder to be on the other side of questioning than I thought. If you would like to read the interview please click here. I think it’s time to start Photographer Stories up again.