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Out to Space Year Three: the Exposures

April 2006March 2007

Self-portrait under Sydney Harbour Bridge, August 2006
Self-portrait under Sydney Harbour Bridge, August 2006

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.

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Mardi Gras Parade 2010

Mardi Gras Parade 2010 from ApostrophePong on Vimeo.

I was not planning to take any photos for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras this year (2010) but the night before the parade, the producer told me they could get me an access to the rooftop of Oxford Hotel and I could do whatever I want up there. I could not resist the temptation to create a classic time lapse of the Mardi Gras Parade.

It was shot manually frame by frame therefore the time ratio was intentionally various on what happened on the street. For instance, The clean up in the last few seconds in the video actually took as much the same time as the parade itself.

Music “Fast Forward (Flowchart Remix)” by Lali Puna

Building Mardi Gras

Building Mardi Gras

The original plan for this shooting was to capture the moment when took the main floats apart and transport them to the location just the the day before the Mardi Gras Parade. However, they found the way to do that without dismantling the float so they were just finishing them up. But I was not a waste of time, I found that the construction is interesting enough by itself. Moreover, that day a breakfast show from a television network came in to cross promo the event. It gave me another story in the morning.

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I believe that I have covered all the aspects of Mardi Gras Parade that I wanted from this construction to, especially, the cleaning up. There are more angles to play, I am certain. But for now this is what I am quite satisfied.

Mardi Gras Pre-Parade

Oxford Street

The vibe before the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade kicks start is as photogenic as the parade itself.

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