Attended a few of the larger events for World Youth Day. With everything within walking distance of home, I could hardly avoid them. And it provided lots of opportunity for photos — I've loaded up the best of them in an album, World Youth Day 2008.
But it was a strange experience, all told. Nothing like last time. Mostly because I wasn't actually participating, of course — the crowd is infectious when you're a part of a large group, and as I was mostly just spectating I never got caught up. Still, being at a mass with a couple hundred thousand others is incredible anyway.
I'm left wondering whether or not I can do Madrid in 2011. In the lead-up to Sydney I've been constantly put off by just how over-the-top some of the preparation has been, and just how earnest or righteous it all is... I come out of it glad that Australians don't generally wear their religion on their sleeves — that it's allowed to be personal, which I'm convinced makes it much more real than if it were public and led from above all the time. It's curious that people involved with WYD decry our secular society, and somehow think the event is going to magically make the country more religious, while I'm left loving just how secular the country is, because it leaves me free to express my spirituality how I will.
- Four Cities (26Dec2013)
In which I photograph Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Sydney Harbour
- Dream City (30Apr2009)
In which I find a city that isn’t a City, and only really exists in a dream of itself
- Wangaratta 2009 (07Jan2009)
In which I snap family, and play with light
- WYD 2008 (23Jul2008)
In which I photograph a crowd, but can’t bring myself to join it
- Getting Lost in Victoria (14Apr2008)
In which I explore Torquay and Melbourne, and attempt to capture some of Victoria with light and glass
- Chinese New Year 2008 (24Mar2008)
- Sydney, NYE 2008 (03Jan2008)
In which the pretty colours make the fireworks worthwhile, and in which I shoot in near darkness
- Soominch Fashion Shoot (30Dec2007)
In which I am a fashion photographer
- Cat Blogging (22Sep2007)
In which I photograph much smaller subjects
- The City In Lockdown (08Sep2007)
In which I walk the long way around protesters, police lines, and labyrinthine wire fences, snapping images as I go
- A Day in the Life of the City (27Aug2007)
In which I break in the new dSLR