Some promo photos I took a few months back for my good homie’s mixtape release. I thought it fitting as his birthday was yesterday, so Happy Birthday Mec! I don’t think he used the photos in the end but it was a good time nether the less, exploring an abandoned house/crack house.
His mixtape was killer so have a listen if you get a chance. If you only listen to one track, listen to track 9 “Grey & Blue”…it was played on repeat for weeks when I first got the mixtape..so good!
Big project in the works…all will be revealed soon friends!
I recently got featured alongside some amazing artists in issue 4 of ‘Hysteria Magazine’, based out of Sydney, Australia. It’s always great to see quality print media (and from Australia no less!) supporting local artists and talent.
Hysteria Magazine is stocked Australia wide at retail stores such as HalfSleeve (Syd) and Vanishing Elephant (Melb) as well as online stores like Hypebeast and direct from Hysteria Magazine’s website itself.
I recently went out with some friends (Inpac, Yucs) from the Melbourne graffiti crew, KSA, to capture a late night bombing mission around Melbourne which was pretty cool. I remember growing up seeing a lot of the KSA members names everywhere I went. They were so notorious in the South-east side that I even heard stories from friends that jails in Victoria were tagged up with KSA members.
Anyway, it was pretty cool to be out and see how it all goes down, I’ve always had an appreciation for graffiti but never got into it myself. I’ll probably go on some more missions in future and might even make a series out of it…we’ll see how we go..
So in October last year I bought a Ricoh GR V, which I was really desperate to own as I am a huge GR fan. I owned both the Ricoh GR II and III and used them for so many of my favorite early photos and they still hold up so well today. I’m gonna go out and say that I believe the GR series of cameras (film and digital) was/is the best compact street camera family ever. Perfect size, amazing lens, perfect menu system (digital) and perfect usability. If I could only use one camera for the rest of my life it would definetly be one from the GR family.
As much as I love the series…it took me a long while to actually start using the latest GR once I bought it…basically until a few weeks ago! It was mainly because I have been so into using film over the past year and loving using my Fuji Klasse W. Something about going back to digital just didn’t feel the same again. It didn’t excite me as much. There was no suprise waiting for the film to get developed…and the colors and tones…film just can’t be matched.
I figured I should really try and get to know the Ricoh GR V and give it a proper chance though, so I decided to use it in situations where my film camera didn’t perform as well, such as low light/night photography. I also gave the in-camera filters (ala Instagram) a chance, as they are surprisingly pretty good. I made some presets with these filters and have been using a ‘Bleach’ and ‘Positive Film’ setting for the majority of my recent shots. What really got me using the GR again though, is that I hooked it up with a Eye-fi SD card which means I can send the photos straight from my camera to my iPhone anywhere I have phone reception. Instagram level up!
I’m already missing shooting film, I guess I just have to find a good balance between the two.
So I decided to go to Hawaii for a short holiday/break for a week mid March, and was so worth it as always. Daily routine was basically…chill poolside, chill beachside, shop, big dinner then club until morning and repeat…so good!
I was only there for a week so just brought one roll of film loaded in my Klasse W (which was already half used) hoping that it would encourage me to use my Ricoh GR digital which I bought but have hardly used. I still didn’t use it though hah!
Last Hawaii trip I shot a lot of scenery stuff so I thought I’d switch it up a bit and shoot something different. Let me know what you think. Oh and expect some Ricoh GR photos soon…I’m gonna try bring it back.
I shot some promo photos for one my good friend’s Mec’s mixtape release and we wanted to find a good setting for the photos. We drove around Footscray and surrounding areas for a few hours checking out potential spots but nothing was really that great. We decided to walk down the train lines and see if we could find anything interesting when we stumbled on an abandoned house…yes! People were squatting there as it had alot of personal belongings in the house so we didn’t hang around too long to wait for them to come back, but the house itself was really cool. I’ll upload the actual promo photos I took in the house next post, but these are a few snaps of the house in spots I didn’t use for the promo photos.
In honor of Mec’s mixtape ‘The Offset’, I uploaded my favourite song from the mixtape titled ‘Nothing Ready’. It’s been on steady repeat and I usually listen to it every morning as I’m getting off the train walking to work. It’s one of those inspirational type track but in a real way…none of that cheesy shit.
I only shot one roll for the whole of Feb, I’m gonna make sure March gets hit hard with the rolls! Keep a look out…
The first shots from 2014. I found an abandoned house in my neighbourhood and of course I had to shoot it. It had a lot of broken shit inside but was untouched by graffiti which was unusual…and kind of creepy as well. I took some more photos of the inside on my Ricoh GR (digital) which I might upload next. 2014 is gonna be big…
After shooting my ongoing ‘Clayton Wastelands’ series I’ve been wanting to shoot other suburbs and neighbourhoods that I find interesting in Melbourne, Springvale being one of them.
Springvale is a bordering suburb to Clayton, where I call ‘home’ in Melbourne, and 2 train stops down the line. A lot of my family lived in Springvale when I was growing up so I have a lot of fond memories of it, some not so fond.
Springvale was originally considered it’s own ‘city’ but was merged other suburbs such as Clayton to form ‘City of Kingston’. Its home to about 20,000 residents most of which are mainly Vietnamese but also has large populations of Cambodian, Lao, Thai, Chinese, Indian and more recently in the past 10 years, Sudanese.
Springvale went through a dark phase in the 90’s and early 00’s when it became notorious for gangs dealing heroin, drug addicts and general crime. It was seen as crime ridden and rough area and a lot of people (especially ones that weren’t asian) were scared to go there and stayed away. What added to this was that the only police station for the area was in the back-residential areas of the suburb, away from the main street and the station where all the crimes were happening. The old police station still stands, abandoned, which I took a photo of but couldn’t get into. Eventually the government clued on and built a new police station right on the main strip and cracked down on the crime and drugs. It’s cleaned up a lot since then and has become a popular destination (for all nationalities) for Vietnamese and other asian restaurants and markets.
I went there and shot a roll but I feel I really didn’t do it much justice and to be honest I couldn’t find much interesting things to shoot. I will definitely be going back though until I’m really happy with the results because I was a little disappointed with this attempt. The film I used (E100VS), I now realise needs to be shot in only really bright areas and bright sun otherwise it creates intense ‘cold blue’ shadows in the shade…which looks really odd. Also I know the song I chose has absolutely no theme connection but I had it on repeat the whole time I was shooting there so I had to upload it. Expect some more Springvale photos in the next few months..
Christmas in Australia never really feels like Christmas, partly because its summer and partly because the Christmas spirit isn’t as strong down under as it is in America and more American culture influenced cities/countries. I almost forget its the Christmas season until the actual day itself when I hang out with family and open colorfully wrapped presents. December was really busy for me, mainly because my day job is in retail and Christmas is the busiest season of the year. It’s a blur of annoying customers and folding clothes at work until the 25th. Then come the 26th and the Boxing Day sales/madness begins for the next few weeks/months which brings more annoying customers and even more folding clothes.
So obviously I didn’t have much time to shoot, but I had a roll of Portra 160 loaded in my Klasse W and aimed to shoot the roll with flash at night. I also wanted to take more photos of people rather than random scenes so took the camera out with me when I was out partying. Joey Bada$$ + CJ Fly and The Underachievers were in Melbourne for some shows in December, which of course I went to and got a couple grainy shots of too.
Merry Belated Christmas from Melbourne, Australia.