Friday, December 17, 2010

Glebe Tram Yards

Yesterday I drove to Glebe to check out the old tram yards that are there after doing some research into some possible locations for fashion/editorial photoshoots.

While I've assisted on many a location shoot, I've never really completed too many of them myself as a photographer, a majority of my work has been done within the wonderful confines of a studio, and having one available to me is something I really do miss.

Walking into the tram yard was a bizarre experience, the big metal door was wide open and has a constant groan eminating from its hinges as the breeze pushes against it. The noise of the door and the damp, mouldy odour is enough to make the huge space intimidating. It had been mentioned to me in the past to just keep an eye out for the odd homeless who may be using the facility to sleep.

About two minutes after I had arrived three other guys walked in and instantly I feel more at ease. Safety in numbers. I couldn't care less whether they were photographers or taggers, or as I discovered, a little of both.

As I wander around the premises and take shots I am constantly thinking would this work as a fashion shoot. Do you go for some amazingly coloured dresses that really stand out or would you go for a 'trashy fashion' grunge concept. There's certainly enough spots in here to put together an editorial. However the biggest question that invades my thought process is also the one that would make or break a photoshoot here, "Would I bring a model, stylist, make up artist and hair stylist in here in the first place?"

Throughout the hour and a half I am there I am met with around four other photographers, all wandering around doing the exact same thing as me, some my age, some twice my age. The eerie nature of the place begins to dissipate once the realisation hits that this is in fact quite a popular place for photographers, and I can't blame them.

As I was unsure of what I was in for I only bring with me what I can sling around my neck (am prepared to part with should my day turn to mud...). 1 camera body, 1 lens, and 1 CF card. I probably could have spent more time shooting the intricate details of this place, though I walk back to the car as my card is full.


 
 

 
It was enjoyable to be out there and shooting for nobody but myself. The nature of the day has sparked my interest in visiting a few other locations that have been long-abandoned. I begin some more research into other Sydney locations and wait for the next day off.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Never spent so much time

I swear I have never dedicated as much time researching and developing a concept as I have with my latest one.

If I had worked like this back in high school I might have done alright.

The concept I believe is pretty solid, its the general idea of how I want things posed etc that I am struggling with. Oh well wish luck.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Website has been updated

I have given my website a major overhaul to include new projects I have been working on over the past few months, as well as updating my fashion work.

Stay tuned for more to come in the near future!

www.russellperkins.net.au

Monday, October 25, 2010

I am a Projections 2010 finalist / Joey L.

It's nice on a Friday afternoon to receive an email letting you know of this kind of information.

In my second attempt at the Projections competition, a large photo comp open to all emerging Australian photographers and run by the ACMP (Australia Commercial and Media Photographers,) my series entitled "Depression" has made it as a finalist for the 'Overall Winner' and 'Commercial' categories.

Details about the competition can be found here

I get to go down to Melbourne for the first time in my life for the opening night and presentations, very much looking forward to it all.

I also want to introduce you to a photographer that makes me want to travel, use a medium format with digi back without having to rob a bank first, and spend some time living in NY.

Joey Lawrence is just one of those guys who found their passion, and worked hard at it, as well as receiving a few lucky breaks along the way. The difference is the age at which his work has thrust him into international spotlight.





While I think his commercial work is great, its his personal travel portraits that make me follow his blog, as well as his processes. There are some truly beautiful portraits of people the western world often leave out of their minds.
The samples are taken from numerous travels.





More of Joey's work can be found on his website.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Test results from my Yashica are back

So I've taken my test roll of 120 B+W and Yashica down to my in-laws farm a few weeks ago, and had a great time walking all over the 100 acres, and taking frames with the TLR.
I tested a few shutter speeds and apertures and results vary, as does the focus.. but in all i'm pretty pleased with the results.

Now I can bore you with my findings..or show you pics.






Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bondi Beach







Assisting in Bondi

I have just come back from assisting on a Fashion shoot in Bondi. I was there with the team for 2 days, shooting in a house on the first day, and all along the length of Bondi Beach the second.

Waking up in the hotel on the second morning, I started taking snapshots of people walking along the street early in the morning, from the balcony of the hotel we were based in. I have made a little series of them.

All shots taken using 'Hipstamatic' app on iPhone4.







Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why aren't more documentaries filmed with this emotion?

Starting to really consider a camera with a video option..

You don't see too many documentaries with beautifully destructive urban backgrounds filmed with large apertures. If I ever get a doco done about me, I want it shot like this, I'll do the location scouting for any grungy places in the Blue Mountains.

The other two docos on the site aren't half bad either.

And as I know you're going to watch the other two, if you have an extra spare 13 minutes, this is just as beautiful.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New old toys!

My wife's grandmother mentioned to her she had an old box full of her grandfather's cameras and accessories and we were welcome to have a look through and take what we wanted.
We took everything...


...Including one new toy I am definately looking forward to testing out - a Yashica Mat 124G TLR!


So the next challenge will be sourcing some 120 film. The meter system on it uses an outdated battery type so a light meter and some test shots with a digital camera will more than likely be necessary. As of last week my wife and I have decided to start saving some dollars for a trip over to Europe to tour through Spain, France, Italy ad Greece, needless to say this camera will be making the trip with me and will hopefully stand the test of being carted around and used once more!

One thing I unfortunately didnt get to see however were any negatives or prints from any of the 20 or so cameras we collected. They were gifted to another member of the family. So a day trip and a nice lunch may need to be organised because I'd love to have a look through them all.

I've always considered film photography as a bit of a hobby of mine in comparison to the digital world I live off, so this find has really re-invigorated that passion.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The importance of a printed portfolio

I absolutely love my portfolio book. I picked it up from Adorama camera, a large photography store based out of the USA. The book itself was made by Pina Zangaro, as were the flex-hinge polyester sheets that allow the pages to open out flat in the book.

A point to raise on this subject however, is what is the actual significance of a printed portfolio in this day and age of simple and instant media such as the internet, as well as digital forms of presentations such as the Apple iPad?

If you've been approached by a client, an agency or a prospective boss, what are the chances that they have not seen any of your work and made assumptions of what is and what isn't possible for you? I know if I had a meeting with a photographer coming up, the first thing I would do is Google his ass.

What I love about my printed book is the results you can obtain when you put your hard work, and often a substantial amount of money into the printing process. A good print in my opinion can completely outshine a 72dpi Srgb web image any day of the week. Wonderful Machine have even gone to the trouble of videoing some of their photographers printed books to put on the web, which is found here. But who's to say that by the time you, the photographer, have answered the phone, put on some nice clothes, made the journey and sat in the waiting room, that you have not already been judged by the interviewers who have had a good look at the crappy res images on your website. Is the interview these days just to examine your personality, not your work?

Perhaps I'm a stickler for the days of old, but I placed an order for more prints about fifteen minutes ago...

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Ones To Watch

The Ones 2 Watch is a website in which both emerging and established photographers post editorial series they have taken, primarily non-commisioned work, for exposure to the public.

I think its a great idea and one day I'd love to grace these virtual pages.


The Ones 2 Watch

http://www.theones2watch.com/

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Projections 2010

After a long and slightly drawn out start to the Projections 2010, the request for competition entries has now come and gone in a bit of a whirlwind. Hundreds of people have again submitted entries to the various categories, and submitted concepts to the $10,000 grant supported by "The Pool".

With entries for this years "Projections" competition now closed. I thought I might show you my competition entry for this year.

I've called this series "Depression".

"Depression" is a series of self-portraits designed to encapsulate the emotions people suffer through when battling with this debilitating mental illness.
Shot in and around several empty car parks, the purpose is to provide a sense of being along in a stark and desolate place, as well as using a common emotion connected with depression, of feeling as if you cannot be heard, as if you are a ghost.



Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives. Around one million Australian adults and 100,000 young people live with depression each year.


The concept of creating a ghostly image is something I had been playing with for a few months. I had two different ideas for the Projections this year, both centering around the same kind of locations I shot the depression series in. Shooting these kinds of placed took me back to when I first started shooting. I loved finding these big, empty areas in the late evening/night. With each shot I took I wondered if anyone was watching those security cameras that were pointed in my direction, if I'd get asked to move along... it makes you want to get the shot right within the first few clicks!

On other news, I have two or three assisting gigs lined up! Its taken a few weeks, more than a few coffees,  and a few headache tablets to get my name out there to as many people as I can, but finally starting to get a response is a real breath of fresh air. I just want to be out there and working more!