NIGHT WALK SERIES /Indian Grocer at 9.30pm 2014
In my first year of uni I remember a particular lecture that blew my mind where we were shown a bunch of photographs, two in particular really stood out to me,Wim Wender’s Safeway and Andreas Gursky’s 99 Cent. These photos of the mundane and ordinary were somehow beautiful to me, I was impressed with the blue of the sky in safeway and with the scale the sign was shown. I loved the shadows cast from the letters as we don’t usually have signs like that in Melbourne. I also remember thinking about that door, that someone could stand out there during their lunch break, smoking a cigarette and not ever really look up at that sign.
With the 99 Cent, I was struck by how ordinary and grand the subject was. The colours, lines, the rhythm and the high angle also left an impression on me. From then on my view of what could be photographed changed, and I wanted to identify with these worlds presented. This was the first time I was exposed to interesting photography and it inspired me, maybe I could find beauty in the place I lived in, these suburbs that I had hated and criticised for not being more picturesque . So that week I went out to the markets a few suburbs away and focused on shops and signs, I was clueless about how my camera worked and just shot in auto.
That was 9 years ago when I was 18. In the last year and a half I have just started to take photography seriously, I am enjoying my journey so much, my next step is trying to focus more on projects and finish them.
So anyway, this photo is part of an ongoing love affair of dingy shops and their interiors. I was really happy with the colours and the shallow depth of field, but most of all the hand in the top right corner, waving at me.