One of the best points of having ‘Casual Clothes Friday’, particularly for me, is being able to hide in plain site.
As I particularly like shooting architectural and inner-city photography, it helps to be wearing clothes that are either or both plain and of a tourist appearance.
So today I am casually dressed. I won’t describe my outfit; you might recognize me!
But it is what I have managed to discreetly hide blows my mind. I wish I had thought of doing this 6 months ago when I started this role!
Inside my man-bag (a Crumpler tote bag) is all my usual paraphernalia (smartphone, glasses case, mini-LED-torch, business cards, coffee-club cards, ear plugs, etc) PLUS my Canon 50D with 40mm EF 1.2.8 STM lens.
This may not seem like much of a combination. But there is a point to this post….
Back in 2006, for the entire year, I hauled on my back a Lowepro backpack that had my Canon 400D with hefty battery extension hand grip and at least 3 lens. I thought I was oh-so-cool. I must admit I learned and taught myself a LOT about photography and camera usage that year. And I got a fervent taste for architectural photography. I have photographed almost every building around the Adelaide CBD. Yet I know there are still some to shoot, newer buildings that have eluded my lens, plus a few places I want to reshoot.
So being able to pack my current camera into such a small space is impressive. And allows me to get back to what he enjoys.
So if you see a plain-clothes guy shooting up in the CBD this morning … it might not be a tourist, but a local doing what he enjoys most.
But 2013 has been busy for me, spending most of my spare time being a doting father to our gorgeous son. So my posts have been sporadic and less often. I have written a lot of stuff, but by the time I found an opportunity to type it up, the moment was gone, the information was old news, and I may have stopped caring.
But in the back of my mind, I have never forgotten about blogging. So I am getting back into writing stuff again.
Mostly because I want to change course from other online activity: Facebook. Yeah, I get a lot out of it the friendships with online friends, many of whom have become real-world-friends. Plus my FB business page makes me a bit of spare change per month for coffees!
But mostly I really want to start writing about the things I enjoy: Photography, Graphic Art, Self-Motivation, Computing - and a lot of abstract yet interesting subjects to me. The proof is in this post that was meant to merely a mention about my site-statistics as shown in the image at the top of this post!
Anyhow, I will post more often.
Or at least you will think I am. Scheduling – the best feature any blogging service can provide. Write at least 7 posts in advance, on the weekend, then schedule them for each coming day. Like this one. It was written within moments of this one, then scheduled for release tomorrow. Um. Today. Sunday. And since then I have written a further 6 articles! All of which you will see each day.
Blogging. Not just for the sake of it.
I have a shed loaded with electronic waste that goes back 20 years.
I have motherboards, sound cards, old cellular phones, cabling, stenographer tape decks and much more. Somewhere in there I have a 3GB box that is twice the size of a standard shoe box - I use it as a paper weight and a reminder of a time that man wants to forget.
What I have noticed recently is that I still have most of the mobile phones I have purchased outright. This includes a few NOKIA bricks (sorry guys, it is true!). The earliest phone I remember owning was a flip-phone that always reminded me of communicators in Star Trek! Beamed straight from the series that continues to influenced the design of Tablets.
So I found PHONEBLOKS via advertising on Youtube. I quickly realised they deserve merit and entrepreneurial advertising!
Their idea is that the screen and features (ie, phone, camera, speakers, antenna, memory) are all separate blocks that connect to a standard base by way of pins and screws at the ends to keep it all secure. Therefore anyone in the world can build a phone to specifically suit their desires and lifestyle.
I reckon I would buy a PHONEBLOK. Imagine if each block embedded came in multiple colours. Sleeves and water-proof cases will still be necessary, bling is all part of the franchising of a product.
I’m keeping an eye on where this concept goes. So should everyone. The world is changing, again!
Now I am wondering what I am going to do with this shed of obsolete electronic gadgetry. Thinking of getting a strong metal muncher to make mince-meat of it all – and then somehow spraying it onto canvas or concrete to make wall art. Now that would be modern art!
Watch the video that describes how it all works and ‘fits’ together:
I have found a PDF that makes good reading for Adelaide residents who have penchant for knowledge that includes facts, figures and fees. I have gone through it with a fine tooth comb: Below I have listed the pages and Fee-ID’s that might be of interest to the photographers of our great and ever-growing inner-city.
- Page 20, Fee ID 0412 – Film Shoots Commercial Still or Movie, in line with guidelines
- Page 24, Fee ID 0916 – Audio Visual Equipment 8×8 Tripod Screen
- (Extra: Page 53 – all of them. Don’t feed the birds.)
- Page 57, Fee ID 0109 – Business Promotion Handing out free samples
- Page 57, Fee ID 0300 – Distribution of pamphlets
- Page 57, Fee ID 0562 – Ladders / Footpath permits (Casual)
- (Extra: Page 67 & 68 – photography archives. Read it.)
Appears to be nothing saying I’m not permitted from capturing photography of the Adelaide architecture for general use and potential exhibition.
Thus, I can continue with an idea (that I have mulling over for about five years) for my SALA exhibition in 2014.
Extra, here are a few interesting articles:
- Celebrating the last week of SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival (ecadelaide.wordpress.com)
- Adelaide’s SALA Festival (ecadelaide.wordpress.com)
- Words and Art To Share the Spotlight (glamadelaide.com.au)
- Adelaide – The Paradise of Photography (weddingphotosadelaide.wordpress.com)