Tuesday, October 25, 2011

NSW Police Department and their 'special photographs'

Many of these pictures are part of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator of the Historic Houses Trust, Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."

 Its images such as these that make me wish that I had paid more attention during my diploma, when we covers wet-plate photography - I was young and naive, and that I had access to this kind of equipment.
 Not to mention the subject matter.

I find them truly inspiring and wonder if the men and women shooting these portraits at the time ever thought that almost 100 years on, we would still have copies of them, and now so easily accessible. 
I'll also throw in here a video I found on a guy in the USA who is shooting portraits with this technique! I'd love to visit with him and get my portrait taken.

dan carrillo: wet plates from Patrick Richardson Wright on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Euchre - The short film

A few weeks ago after much scrambling about one Friday afternoon, I managed to snag hold of a Canon 7D and took it out with me on the Saturday to shoot a rock climbing short film.

I had been listening to a certain piece of music and it struck me it could work well, my brother and I have seen many a climbing video before and both agree that the music can be just as important as the climb they are on.

I had a lot of fun during this day, every aspect of the whole process was very new to me and a bit of a learning curve, unfortunately I broke one of my tripod legs about an hour into the session so apologies for a couple of shaky hand held scenes (it was about 16 degrees)

For the video editing I used Final Cut Pro 7.0, and about 15 you tube video tutorials to get me off and running. I really enjoyed this aspect very much, hopefully some video work could become a part of my mainstream work, actually I have no doubt it will, especially with internet speeds increasing every few months.

I hope you enjoy 'Euchre' - Music by DJ Shadow, and featuring my brother Mitchell.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011


For me, Easter was an opportunity to reconnect with the camera and simply take shots because I felt like it. My wife and I holidayed with close friends on the South Coast of Australia for a few days, playing silly board games between rounds of poker and 500 and numerous bottles of wine, all while listening to vinyl records, all of which were older than we were.

I needed this break. I relished it. I took with me my nikon digital camera, and the Yashica Mat124 with a roll of 120 film. 

Old Bombo Quarry - Bombo, NSW - Nikon D200
Having some time away from my work allowed me to re-focus on my plans for this year. I am still working on breaking into the commercial photography world, and the competition I ended up as a finalist for last year, Projections, has just open calls for entries again for this year, so I found some time to make plans for this and get motivated!

I hope everyone else out there had a great Easter also!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Power of Self

Please take 30 seconds to vote for me in the 'Power of Self" Self portrait competition that could see me get a year of my life PAID FOR so I can continue to be creative, as well as getting me to NEW YORK!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Never. Never ever thought I would but...

...there's no denying the power of social media in modern society. When you're pushing to get your name out there, you need as much exposure as you can muster. I have now completed the trifecta of online media social culture:

Busting to get out to the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the Annie Leibovitz exhibition. Hopefully I might take the lovely wife on a field trip on Sunday.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It's Summer

Your possibilities are endless.

Go and pick a camera, new or old, film or digital, and record something to look back at in 30 years time.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some randoms from December

I am working on getting some shoots put together for February. Until I have something to update you with, I can provide these randoms from December.

Hope everyone brought in the New Year well! I was in bed at 10:45...