One of surprising side effects of using flickr and the web to connect with people is the delight in finding like minded photographers who are good company share similar interests and have an understanding of photography in all its manifestations. This can lead to opportunities to while away many hours simply looking sand thinking, sometimes talking and photographing.
Gary is one such person, who without flickr we may never have met. I hope now to collaborate at some level in the future on a project or projects with him. There are other people I have met who I hope to expand on this area of my practice with as well. Gary is working on several projects, some of his work ends up on his flickr account, and others in places as diverse as, his own blog junk for code, facebook, and posterous.com
In May this year we caught up in Melbourne and went for a wander in an area that is situated close to my work, but where I rarely get an opportunity to wander aimlessly with a camera. So when Gary was in town, I decided this would be a good as any place to go for a look.
We meandered along Gardiner’s Creek, which in places has had some level of rehabilitation, in others is an open sewer, and in several places, bridges crossing it. Glenferrie Road is one such bridge, and actually has several layers, literally of bridges, starting with the red brick bridge of Glenferrie Road, then the South Eastern freeway. Each bridge having its own function, aesthetic, and infrastructure making for an interesting composition. This section of the creek and bridges is oriented East/West, so at the right time of day and year the light illuminates the space very beautifully.
Gary and I spent some time at this point and I managed to make a several small pictures with my digital Canon g11 that I was happy with and having noted the direction and quality of light decided to return with my 5x4 large format camera and make more pictures. This picture is on flickr, along with several others that give an indication as to the direction and focus of this particular project. These pictures below are an attempt to breath some life into a what on the surface many would assume is an ugly place, using my little Canon g11, digital camera.