When I lived close to the city of Adelaide, I used to go in every week. The traffic and the crowds never bothered me; though I must say that my favourite place was (and still is) the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Now that I live quite a distance from the city, on the rare occasion that I do go to town it’s like a special day trip! A few months ago, we found ourselves in town and I took the opportunity to make some photos in and around Rundle Mall.
Rundle Mall is full of old buildings and heritage frontages. All one needs to do is look up from the garish shopfronts! In this photo above, I particularly liked the contrast between the old and the new. I used the cheap and cheerful Olympus Body Cap lens for all of these photos.
The Body Cap lens on a small Olympus Pen digital body is good for street photos becasue it is small and doesn’t require focussing if set to hyperfocal distance.
Black and white is a great choice for this lens because it hides some of the nastier mushiness and colour aberrations. Black and white is also a great choice for emphasising tonality and subject in a photo, and I pushed the contrast in this one to emphasise the harhsness of the midday sun and the stark qualities of a city lunch hour. Every photo needs some direction, whether it is one or a combination of colour, tone, subject, geometry, mood, emotion, abstraction or otherwise. In making the photo, the photographer seperates a moment in time from the wider environment and creates new context and meaning.
Reflections and geometry tell a story of a busy breakfast in the city. You can see myself and my daughter also reflected in the glass.
I like street photos that show the dynamism of life around us. The motion blur of the man in the foreground here suggests strong movement out of the frame. Note the pram in the background also moving out of the frame in the same direction, as if they were racing!
A young woman is sitting on an alley way curb near Rundle Mall checking her phone messages as the sun moves overhead and creates patterns. Are we ever really alone now with a smartphone in our hands? For me, this photo tells a story of social isolation, communication and the passing of time.
What is this young woman thinking? She seems to have something on her mind. A moment later she walked away.