Monday, October 19, 2009

Random Melbourne


It has been a while since I last posted.

Life gets busy. Sometimes putting stuff on a blog isn't as important as doing other things.

Just to get back into the swing of things, here are a few random images from Melbourne.

Whenever I leave the front door of my home I have a camera with me - always! As Jay Maisel says - "It's hard to photograph without a camera".

So here are a few from various recent wanderings. All found, none staged.

Saw this guy walking through the Tulip gardens at the famous Tesselaars Tulip Festival. Loved the contrast between him and the plants.

Walking down one of Melbourne's alleys my eye caught sight of this RedBull can perched on wood attached to a wall. I just loved the way the paint and the colours of the can were made for each other. An artistic litterer perhaps?

Down another alley is this amazing piece of wall art. 'nuff said.

At my local beach they have been re-constructing the jetty. Most folk just kind of walk by. I like to get an image or two.

Saw this scene this morning. What's a man to do but get the shot? (see my February post about getting the shot - 'you either do, or you don't').
While the young chaps were facing the wall, several police officers were searching their vehicle. It's times like these you have to stand on your conviction to get the shot. The rather large man in uniform did not like to have his picture taken. Tough luck for him I say.
No amount of overbearing approach or attempts at intimidation should put you off doing what you have to do. Funny how they back down when you stand up for your rights. Bottom line - if you're not causing an obstruction to their duties and you are not breaking any laws yourself, then you have every right to make the image.

Note to Victoria Police public relations department - a courteous manner of speaking to members of the public who are going about their lawful business is always appreciated. Bad manners and a surly disposition are not.

Hopefully it won't be such a long time until my next post.

Until then -

Stay safe.


  1. Congratulations for standing up for your rights in this situation, Bill. I have done the same thing. People try to intimidate by telling you can't take photographs. They tried that when I was watching an episode of Kath and Kim being filmed. It was in a public place, I told them so, and THEN they asked me nicely. It didn't change my feelings, or my desire to take pictures, but I did curtail my activities slightly out of respect for his change of attitude...but only slightly.

  2. Quite right. That's actually a good point. If they asked with courtesy you would respect their wishes to a certain degree, especially if it is a commercial situation such as the one you encountered. In a purely photojournalistic situation it shouldn't matter how nicely they ask. If you are recording life, so be it.

    Still, a decent manner is always appreciated, isn't it?

  3. Hi Willie!
    what a great collection of images! defiately have to have a camera handy to catch shots like these!

  4. Hi Charleighmims,
    Thank you.
    Yep, it seems a natural equation really - if you have a camera with you, you can get the shot. If you don't, you can't.

    It's funny how many people don't understand that basic rule :-).

    I enjoyed the images on your own site too.


  5. Hey there Mary, how are things in your part of the world?
    Thank you for your comment.

    I just read your post on being thankful. How very true. We have much for which to be thankful. Sometimes it is beneficial to acknowledge that and to show gratitude for the good things and the simple pleasures.

    Happy shooting!!