Category Archives: Street Photography

Just a another drive by shooting…

Just a another drive by shooting
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/640s ISO400

Just another drive by shooting…
Sometimes being stuck in traffic one can grab the odd image that appeals I like the geometry of this. However I have often wondered who is responsible for patterns and the colourings of our under passes and bridges. This form of imposed public patterns has been around since the seventies. – I wouldn’t venture to use the word art to describe it because the majority of these random acts naive pattering in concrete are the ugly daubings of a deranged misfit. I realize that the Main Roads Department of Western Australia who is responsible for the construction would not dare use a plain colour or heaven forbid concrete au naturale for fear of attracting the taggers or graffiti artist. But the fact is some of the W.A. graffiti artists are very good and much better that this multicoloured mush. I have no winge with the civil engineering, it certainly was not designed by a Nervi but it is serviceable and causes no offense to my eyes. But the colourings and patterns in concrete I really feel we can do better as public art to inspire or alleviate the pain for people who happen to be stuck in traffic.

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Four Dollars : Street tree series continued

Four Dollars : street tree series continued...
Leica M2 ƒ11 1/250s 40mm Summicron Agfa 100 ultra C41 developed as B+W 1:50 Rodinal 10 minutes finished in Silver Effex.

I think this is a Queensland Box tree which unusually has been left intact. Generally in this part of the world if a tree grows its fair game to be hacked and butchered into something that does not resemble a naturally grown tree at all. This tree provides deep shade for the front of the house and garden which is something Western Australian natives often fail to do. It always seems that where trees that provide good shade are needed the WA natives are planted and along roads where there is no parking there always seem to be good shade trees. A deceased good friend of mine was  keen observer of such conundrums, Harry called it Sods law and in such cases a sod it is!

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