I have to give an explanation 1st, then you will understand.
Im just getting back to walking again after an accident, time slowed down and although I have always had cameras, this is the first time I have used one for anything but baby pics ...my baby is now 17.
For now I go into the city with just the one lens as its all I can carry for the moment ...
I travel some distance then arrive in the CBD of Melbourne, I see people shopping and eating and lots of them, some hours (even 4) can pass, I'll grab a coffee. I'll spot a photographer, his lens is large and beige, must be Canon, another eyes me in case I am working a spot but passes. Buskers everywhere I shoot a Santa and drop him a dollar but it was like eating a bag of chips instead of steak.
Photographers, tourists, camera-phones all surrounding the buskers, none acknowledge the other ...I move on, the Santa cost me a buck ...I dont want to steal pics and I dont really like paying buskers either. I cannot go far and it has been real hot but the chance to sit comes often and so I just sit and watch and move on to the next sit.
I have done this for two different days, on the first I couldnt help but spot her sunglasses and his tattoos so my next sit was next to them ..
someone came during the shoot and started a survey, I can see his blasted reflection in her sunglasses, but at least he is keeping them there longer. They are there a long time and I am happy.
On the way this lass was having a sleep
five days later I see her again ...
So its much later in the day ...I dont mind, Ive been confined to a chair for months now, so just the chance to hear the city and feel the breeze that blows between the buildings is enough for me. So I head off to a spot where I can catch my tram home but still be on the fringe of people in case I strike it lucky ...and I do
so day 2 the same sort of day ...and at my tram stop again I get this ...
There is nothing obvious about this spot but now that I think about it maybe there is (I will take some pics for you next time of the location). I am standing at a tram stop so I look as though I belong, the background in shadow at this time of day is a colonial but grand GPO building only 5meters in front of me, grey stone, no coca cola signs or Xbox360 GTA Vice City posters, just steps and broad romanesque columns. On the opposite side of the street and in the last of the days sun are bright buildings that reflect their light back onto the faces in shadow. I saw nothing in this spot at first and I am unsure if I am seeing what I should or if I am becoming that fisherman that swears he has that 'special' spot.
If you are a 'streetshooter' do you have a special spot? Should I be looking for the spot and not the people, instead waiting for them to come to me?
The other photographers appear to be walking but I'm not them ...at least for now.