Literally stumbled across a huge display of photos that had been hung in Hyde park, Sydney CBD. As it turned out there was a showing of about 10 finalists in a competition run by Art & About Sydney. These photos were mighty impressive and as you can see they are huge covering diverse subjects about Australia.
It wasn’t until after the photos had been downloaded and I had started to process the images that I realised both women in the shots have their backs to me. It was unintentional but it works not being able to see their faces which certainly makes you wonder, what do they think of the photo?
This lady stood in the middle of Pitt St Mall and talked on her phone oblivious to everyone else around here. What caught not just me eye but also the eye of the other photographer was that she was different, different to everyone else.
Lady in Leather
Wandering around the city I stumbled across these blokes playing over size chess. At one point I actually thought they were playing for more than fun.
I’m pretty sure someone said ‘Bring a milk crate!’ but didn’t and wished we had because everyone was standing on them and the crowd was about 10 deep. It was impossible to even get close to the front and that’s when I realised that the milk crate would have definitely come in handy. We would have been able to see the parade and all that goes on around it. To add to the Mardi Gras is chaos of not just the people watching but also the people participating in the parade and I highly recommend that you get there a few hours early to get a decent spot or when the roads are closed to get a great spot.
These 4 Ladies had been up and down the street a few times and I was unsure if they were going to be a part of the parade or they were just having fun, either way they were more than happy to have their photos taken.
The Warriors of Mardi Gras is what I have called them and there costumes were pretty good. I asked them for a quick photo and all 4 stopped so I could grab a quick photo which turned into the crowd becoming the Paparazzi pulling the cameras and phones out taking snaps. These lads were happy to oblige with one woman shoving her phone into my hand so she could pose with them.
Even some people who were on their way to the start point of the parade were overwhelmed by sheer number of people who stopped and asked them to pose for photos with them.
And some people didn’t even need any prompting but rather pose for the camera from the start. Hope everyone had a great Mardi Gras and next year I’m bringing a milk crate !
This guy was certainly an interesting character. I approached him and asked him for a photo ? His immediate response what do you want me to be ? I must have had a strange look on my face because he said, I can be homeless, a biker or a mean dude. He did tell me that he is asked on a regular basis for photos and many people have asked him to be something like a biker or a homeless guy.
I asked him to just be himself.
Noticing this gent who was well out of place in the city was not hard. So I waited for him on the other side of the intersection for him to cross and come to me. When he crossed I asked him if he wouldn’t if I took a photo, he didn’t mind and his female friend kept asking me if I knew who it was. It was pretty tempting to come up with some smart remark about him being someone else like Paul Hogan.
As I snapped a few shots off he kept telling me to hurry up all the while he rolled his cigarette. Either way he’s not the real Crocodile Dundee !
Everyday he sits in the park catching the warm rays of the sun whilst reading the (only what I can assume) is the Chinese News Paper.
This poor fellow looked like he had been at his shop front all night and was completely exhausted and he just needed a quick nap.
Photo taken in China Town, Singapore