In the first few months of year five, I still played with two main materials: Thailand trip and the street dumps until the study at College of Fine Arts (now, UNSW Art & Design) commenced in July. That changed Out to Space from those photos to the stories about the Master degree. But the photos weren’t wasted. They were transformed to another medium—videos.
Dump of the Day was my fascination of junks on the streets of Sydney and became an obsession. It turned out to be too many of them on the blog. It would have been perfect to post them on instagram these days. (Hey, the gear was Nokia N90 then N96 on Symbian with GPRS. Imagine 2008) However, they turned into the perfect source for assignments in my study. Significantly, in Video Art class, which we had to produce a video loop and a video installation.
After some decent exposures in the year three, the blog exploded with number of works and some new directions. The milestones that contributed to it were not just in the blog but also in my personal life.
From the last’s year momentum, I was frustrated with the old content manage system. So I moved to WordPress. The first post rightly went to a photo gallery approach, which somehow reflected on my inner thoughts of a new beginning.
There were a lot going on in the year three of Out to Space. Even though, the momentum of year two was slow, toward the end of the year, my photography started to get some significant exposures.
The first three months from April to June, I still was into cityscape and urban wildlife. They seemed slightly repetitive for me. So I took a photography course at Australian Centre of Photography (ACP) to stretch my skills and perspective. Some professional and constructive criticism could do some good. My most satisfied comment was from a classmate that compared my self-portrait to Jeffrey Smart.
During that time, the restaurant I was working at was closed for renovation. I took the chance to give a go fully on my photography venture. I set up a couple of stock photo account as passive income. I travelled to Melbourne to explore another city with the photographic eyes.
The first year of Out to Space was the discovery. I now knew what I could do. The following year started to take shape and build the foundation.
I got to know different sides of the city. The subjects of photography became more focused on urban abstract and urban wildlife. Whereas old photos from the old camera and still life shots of flowers were fading away, Sydney streets still were the main background. But also, my own backyard, where diverse birds and invertebrates dwelled, fascinated me.
10 April 2004, in a suburb called Enmore, New South Wales, Australia, the very first photo was published on Out to Space. It was the beginning of the twelve-long year of my own space I share with the world.