Saturday, February 19, 2005

Victoria Street I

12 comments:

twinki said...
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23asdf23 said...

Good to see the Metro is still there - weren't they going to knock it down?

Mark said...

I'd do more of the wide shots if I could stand far enough away from the subject - the alleys are usually too narrow. I guess I could do wider shots looking up or down the alleys but I prefer taking shots that are square on, getting the horizontal and vertical lines.

For this one, I was able to stand in a private driveway, allowing me to get a much wider view than I usually can with my back pressed hard against a wall.

I've been back at work the last three weeks, hence the lapse in new photos. I'm going to try and get out every weekend for half a day or so - I don't like spending too much time away from these places.

One of the aims of this project is to encourage people to look at their surroundings in a new way, to take notice of the things that they usually wouldn't. So twinki, it's great to hear that you've been looking at our city with different eyes.

Deirdre said...

All due respect to you, Sparrow, but I never was your No.1 fan. :)
Every time my stupid comment is the only one on a post (& let's face it, they're all variations on "Ooo, nice!") I think that Adelaide readers (apart from Kent, twinki, little, etc.) need a big kick up the arse. This project has probably never been done before, probably never will again, and here now is the opportunity to create a living social document to celebrate your city. All these beautiful pictures (which is the part I appreciate, not having anything to do with Adelaide) could be accompanied by memories or stories or anecdotes, and grow into something even more amazing.

Sparrow: Victoria Street II - ooo, nice!

twinki said...
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Mark said...

That's a shame, twinki. I really appreciate all of your comments. I'll hope you'll reconsider and continue to contribute to my photographs.

Mark said...

It's enough for me to know that people are coming here on a regular basis and seeing things that they feel are worth commenting on. I've just entered some of my photos in a youth arts competition. If it wasn't for the positive reactions from so many people, I probably wouldn't have felt confident enough with my photographs to enter them into a competition. While I primarily take these photos for myself, knowing that people come here to see if I've posted any new photos certainly gives my lazy self more motivation to get out there on the weekends.

At the risk of inflaming this even more, I certainly don't think that Deirdre's comment was a personal go at Twinki. Twinki's comment was clearly a joke but I don't think Deirdre was taking offence from it. Rather, Deirdre was making a statement about the opportunities my photographs offer for sharing the stories we have of our city. If people choose to do that then I'd be thrilled but I'm just as happy with the comments I have been receiving so far, especially from the regulars. If Deirdre was having a go at anyone, it was only herself and the comments that she writes (which I think are just fine, by the way).

Enjoy the photos.

Deirdre said...

Twinki, come back!! Please, I wasn't offended, and I'm sorry I've now offended you (bloody hell, etc.) I wasn't having a go at you at all, in any way, so do please return. (I feel self-conscious when my comments are the only ones on a post, so the "No.1 fan" thing made me wince for a second - maybe I should stop commenting? maybe it's embarrassing? - but I've been thinking that all along. I'm sorry I didn't make this clear before.)

I was having a go at any reader from Adelaide who doesn't contribute a comment though. It just seems like such a wasted opportunity to have this resource sitting here - all these beautiful photos - and it's so easy to add your own story or thoughts, which would give a whole new dimension to the visuals... It could be such a great resource, that's all. And it's none of my business, obviously.

Sparrow, if your photos don't win, the judges are morons.

And Twinki, come back, please. Your comment was great. There's a big hole where it used to be. Have a heart, etc. :)

23asdf23 said...

Good luck with the competition, Sparrow.

My dream for more than a few years now has been that the state library or archives could employ a photographer full-time to, at the least, systematically photograph the entire city (streetscapes, houses, buildings, natural reserves, etc.) in a never-ending cycle, for archival purposes, and perhaps the photographs could be made available online.

(Would the job be boring? - not to me, I'd take it eagerly over stocking supermarket shelves. Would it be legal to systematically photograph the homes on a street? I believe yes.)

Of course, it would never happen. But it's nice to dream. Or become awfully rich and do it for free.

23asdf23 said...

Hmm I've expanded on this here

claire said...

Hey Sparrow. Deirdre made me feel guilty for looking without commenting (I don't think I ever have commented, have I? I haven't really had anything to add). But I've been enjoying this photolog for a long time. Both the concept and your photography are awesome :) Hooray.

Mark said...

Thanks for your comment, Claire. It's always great to hear from someone for the first time.