Avenues And Alleyways*

Stand Here by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Stand Here. Forest Place, Perth, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens. Exposure: 1/2000 sec, f2.8 at ISO 200.

 

Yup – you’ve guessed it. Spent another day loitering in the alleyways of Perth. Saw it as a good excuse to give the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN lens in micro four thirds mount a good workout.

 

Coloured Cats by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Coloured Cats. Waiting for the CAT Bus on Wellington Street in Perth. Panasonic G85 with Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens. Exposure: 1/6400 sec, f2.8 at ISO 200.

 

Patterns by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Patterns. Globe Lane, Perth, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens. Exposure: 1/60 sec, f4 at ISO 800.

 

Pink Accents by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Pink Accents. Globe Lane, Perth, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens. Exposure: 1/60 sec, f4 at ISO 200.

 

Prince Lane by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Graffiti in Prince Lane, Perth, Western Australia. Panasonic G85 with Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens. Exposure: 1/60 sec, f8, at ISO 320.

 

No Sitting On The Edge by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
No sitting on the edge of this building. Prince Lane Bar on the corner of Murray Street and Prince Lane in Perth. Panasonic G85 with Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens. Exposure: 1/250 sec, f4, ISO 200.

* Today’s musical reference is a bit obscure. It is the theme tune for the 1972-3 British TV series “The Protectors” and was sung by Yorkshire lad Tony Christie. It was produced by Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and was only his second production using real people as opposed to the puppets he was famous for, and his only production that wasn’t scifi. It was sponsored by Brut the aftershave people which explains a lot looking back at it.

This was the opening titles:

 

This was the closing credits with the lyrics:

 

Retina Ripping Colour

Mexican Glass

 

Mexican Glass – Fremantle, Western Australia.

Wandering around with some time to kill is always a good excuse to do some photography. Photography gives me the perfect pretext for being nosey and I love roaming down alleys and back streets just in the hope of finding something interesting. I was attracted to this scene because of the big slabs of intense colour. The greens of the wall really made the blue of the rubbish bins vibrate and pulse, and the red accents of the bin lids really set the whole scene off.

We have become so familiar with colour photography that we don’t realise how powerful colour can be so visceral that it’s like being punched in the guts. I first became fully aware of this when I saw some photos of a bull-fight by Ernst Haas and now whenever I think of bull fighting those images are so indelibly etched on brain they come to mind immediately and bring up the raw emotions I felt when I first saw them. At this time I was shooting black and white film because that is what serious photographers did and I really didn’t make the connection between what I was doing photographically and what Haas was doing. Shortly after I started subscribing to the English magazine Creative Camera and that introduced me to the work of American photographer Pete Turner. That had the profound effect of making me buy bucket loads of Kodachrome and Fujichrome 50 RD – the precursor to Fujichrome Velvia.

Nederlandse Fiets

 

Nederlandse Fiets – Typical Dutch bicycles chained up against a wall in Amsterdam.

My earliest successful purely colour photograph was taken while on honeymoon in Amsterdam in January 1986. I can still remember taking it as if it were yesterday. Shortly after a trip to Santorini in Greece and the discovery of polarizing filters and I was completely hooked. When we moved to Australia I found the intensity of the light could make your eyes hurt while looking at certain colours and that’s when I coined the phrase “retina ripper”.