Today was a good day, with the small exception of not dressing warmly enough. But in my defence the weather is crazy at the moment. It’s gone from hot and sticky to cold and wet in the space of a single day and I think everybody here is wondering just what the frak is going on? I was walking around the city today with my camera getting frustrated by the rain when I noticed the umbrellas that everybody was carrying and how different they all were. At first I was fixated on the rainbow designs but soon realised there were all kinds of colours, shapes and designs and much like pets they each reflected something about their owners. As much a fashion statement as a reflection of personality I became hypnotised by them. There is something magical about the city when it’s wet, and many of my favourite shots were taken on wet dreary days. The reflections and the way that the water brings out the colours and textures of the cityscape is beautiful to me.
I couldn’t help but be inspired. These moments of creation are the most fun. It’s when surprises happen that I find I am most connected to my creativity and my eye. It just can’t be forced. I have always found that my photography has been the most successful when it’s been for myself, for the pure joy of it. My creativity is intuitive and I never really know where it will lead.
I think that I was already feeling my creative space because I was headed to meet a friend at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to see the Edward Steichen Exhibition. Steichen is widely regarded as one of the great fashion photographers and in the age of art deco style and glamour his work is something that should not be missed. I find his work particularly thrilling because for a long time he worked with a single and natural light. For myself as a photographer with a passion for working with natural light it was affirming to see that 80 years later in the age of photoshop and digital media his work is still admired around the world.
Finally after finishing off our time at NGV with a quick but inspiring look through the Melbourne Now exhibit we headed in to the city for Crepes and Hot chocolate. A successful day and a lot of fun, I think I have discovered a new fetish, I never thought I would be the one hoping for rain again.