Due to the nature of social networking, the single image is increasingly becoming the norm for photo websites and users’ showcases, rather than a full series of work or ‘project’.
The ability to catch a moment on your mobile phone and instantly upload to a photo-sharing site demonstrates the way mobile photography can be a very powerful tool in areas such as photojournalism. However, this ‘instantaneous’ culture can lead to the need to upload photos on a constant, and sometimes daily, basis meaning the storytelling of a narrative sequence of images is lost.
While there are many photography showcases built around a single image, this feature aims to showcase a story built around the photographer and their subject.
Albion Harrison-Naish – Bondi in Winter
I’ve lived in Bondi since I was six years old, so over 30 years now. It’s home. In the almost two years I’ve been photographing, I had come to realise earlier this year that except for a few small examples I had largely avoided pursuing street photography in Bondi, and had shied away from sharing online those photos that I had taken. This led me to start taking a few more of them, but I was still finding it hard to post them. It was slightly troubling in that way that sits in the back of your head bubbling away. I wondered why I might be feeling hesitant in this manner, especially as almost all my photos are taken in the areas I can pass through during my normal day to day activities.
I came to realise that in part I was worried that the shots I took would not interest others as much as they did me, Bondi being somewhere I know so intimately and have a great affection for. But also, I wanted the Bondi that was my home, for all these years, to be what I was focusing on, not the tourist spot of beachgoers and bright young things out for a good time in the water and on the sand. The ever present hedonism, however fun to capture on occasion, was not what interested me. As winter was coming I decided to take shots on my local walks with an eye to putting together a series in late winter that showed the friendly, suburban Bondi that I knew. The Bondi that was beautiful despite the ugliness of much of its built environment. To show the village atmosphere that exists here.
I wanted to be able to be a part of the scenery and not a point of focus in my own right, to capture images casually as I wandered around whilst other people wandered about their business. To this end I found using my mobile to be perfect, due mostly to its discretion and ability to capture the casual intimacy of daily life I wanted to communicate. Although a camera is largely ignored if you are near the beach front, I’ve found that further back from there, a camera tends to garner attention even if not raised or in use.
I hope I have to some degree shared a part and aspect of my home that isn’t usually seen in the shots of beach vistas, local ‘characters’ and beautiful young things hanging about in not much.