This photo was taken almost 4 years ago in Davao City, Philippines and at the time I would thought it was somewhat odd to be wearing masks such as his. How things have changed and now we’re being told to wear masks every time we venture out.
Until next time……..
Oh, before I forget, click on the photo (link to Flickr) if you would like to see a high-resolution version.
Standing in one spot pays off, especially in front of an art installation in Hyde Park, Sydney which allowed me to capture images of people stopping and appreciating the work done by the exhibiting photographers and artists.
I’m forever amazed by the inspirational work done by so many photographers from all genres and I take my hat off to anyone who gets published or included in an exhibition.
I did something that I’m not proud of and I still feel guilty about it.
I might have well worn a bright red shirt emblazoned in bold lettering across the front “Westerner” because as I stood out like a sore thumb. Everyone stared or looked at me longer than necessary. This was Davao city, home of the President of the Phillipines which had been labelled as one of the most dangerous cities due to the countries war on drugs however, what I found was entirely different to what the worlds media was reporting.
Everyone who I interacted with were the opposite to how they had been portrayed, they were normal people trying to make their way in life. Pay bills, put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads and make sure their kids get an education. Pretty much like the rest of us except for two old ladies that I tried to photograph.
They saw me, I saw them and I had already decided that I was going to take their photo but every time I brought the camera up to eye level, they both turned away from me so I couldn’t see their faces, but when the camera was lowered they had their hands out wanting money.
This went on for several minutes and what seemed the only way to capture an image was to surrender and give them money. So with 20 pesos in one hand and the camera in the other I managed to capture this shot and I tried to photograph the other woman but she wasn’t having anything to do with it and continued to turn away from the camera when pointed in her direction.
The 20 Pesos quickly vanished into thin air and again they both asked for money however neither were going to allow me to take another photo. Turning to walk away I noticed that I had been watched by a woman, who was well dressed and had a look of scorn on her face. In any language I knew, in her books what I had done was wrong and I shouldn’t have handed over any money nor should I have taken their photo. She didn’t say anything as I passed but the feeling of her stare drilling holes in my back as I walked away is not something that is easy to forget.
To this day, I’m not sure why but there is lingering guilt over paying the 20 pesos, this might be due to the scorn from the local woman or something else. I don’t think I’ll ever know.
What do you think, Is my guilt about paying money justified?
We all have them, a favourite photo or two and I’m no different except that I seem to have so many favourites it becomes very hard to choose however after several days of much deliberation I have managed to pick my top 5 photos of 2018.
Sony A7 – ISO 800 S/S – 1/60 A – f/4.5
Wandering through the old quarters of Jersulam I spotted this old guy sitting quietly in a plastic chair. The light just fell across his body which made him stand out even more in a poorly lit room. Asking if he minded if I took his photo he nodded his head in a No motion and I managed to capture two images. My regret is that I did not take long enough to compose the image properly ultimately leaving details out like his walking cane which may have added more detail to the photo.
Nikon D810 – ISO 800 S/S – 800 A – f/11
The winner, Italo Ferreira of the Rip Curl Surf Pro Comp at Bells Beach, Victoria won the emotional event however the crowd was there to see Australias favourite surfer, Mick Fanning’s last ride as a professional surfer ending a long surfing career.
Sony A7 – ISO 64 S/S 1/400s A – f/4
Asking his humans if I could take a photo of their dog they said that he wouldn’t come near me but he did exactly that and walked straight up to me letting me take his photo. Maybe he was looking for a sniff, a lick, a pat or maybe some food but he was pretty happy that he was out for a walk with his humans.
Sony A7 – ISO 64, S/S 1/50s A – f/7.1
These three gents stood out from the rest of the crowd on The Beach in Tel Aviv. After downloading and viewing the files I couldn’t help but give the photo the title of Three Amigos and the photo had to be in Black and White. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the middle guy trying to wave me off but by the time he had done that I had already taken two.
Samsung Note 8 – Camera app Default Setting
The Yellow bus had me standing in the one spot waiting patiently for over 30 minutes so I could snap it passing underneath the corner of the building. Sometimes the best camera you have is your smartphone and I did get some much needed exercise walking around Hong Kong Airport while waiting for a connecting flight.
Would enjoy seeing your favourite photos of 2018 so please leave link to photo in the comments section.
I bet you weren’t thinking of a beach when you thought of Tel Aviv, Israel but thoughts of conflicts, riots and soldiers come to mind. Oh, what a surprise Tel Aviv was!
Tel Aviv does indeed have a beach with a promenade filled full of life. It’s about 4 – 5 kilometres long and may take several hours to walk, but it is not hard to fill those hours with street photo opportunities, as they are plentiful.
Walking the promenade you will find many street cafes and restaurants, some with small bars that provide an opportunity to sit down and rest with a cold beer while you watch the world go by. I also found the promenade is most active in the afternoon filling with people who have come to enjoy a meal with family and friends or to simply watch the sunset on another day.
This photo of the boxers took a number of attempts to achieve. Unfortunately, this meant that I spent longer photographing the scene to capture the precise moment which resulted in me being asked if I was getting some good shots. It turned out that all three of these gents were ex-pats, two Australians and one American who are working in Israel. What was even more surprising was that the all of us Aussies were from the same city back in Australia. What are the odds?
The Three Stooges
Some times, keeping your back to the beach pays off with photographic opportunities such as the three gents all crammed onto the bench. They stood out like a sore thumb, and they were just waiting to be photographed and it just had to be captured, and this is my favourite photo from the trip.
I also found most people don’t mind having their photo taken but there was a nagging feeling street photography is not a big thing in Israel. This may be because of the ongoing conflict involving Israel may be viewed with suspicion and I can’t be sure but street photography may not be culturally acceptable in Israel.
Oh, and don’t forget to turn around and watch the sunset, because you never know you another photographic opportunity stop right in front of you.
I watched as these two old ladies walked across the Opera House forecourt happily chatting away not knowing if they were tourists or locals.
But what I did notice was that their shadows weren’t old and showed no signs of ageing.
There is always someone, normally a student or a backpacker holding a sign pointing down an alley to where you can buy Ugg boots in Pitt St Mall. Only their fingers move as they tightly clutch their smartphones surfing the net.
The lack of movement provided an opportunity to photograph him, albeit without his knowledge.