I had a very busy Thursday a little while back.
A pleasant walk took me from Redfern down to Chinatown until I met up with Alan Moyle, AKA Photobat, not quite at the prearranged corner weâd intended. Alan was in Sydney to serve as one of the judges of the Canon Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Australian Professional Photography Awards (APP), as he explains in his blog. Weâd arranged to catch up, have a coffee and maybe take some photos. (He'd be taking, Iâd just be in âem. Possibly.)
We kind of had a vague idea of a âdodgyâ photo weâd intended to take with me in it â but in the process, Alan was taking other photos âfor pleasureâ (that is to say, not as part of a commission). The theme for these ones was decided by his followers. I mean, heâd posed the question either on Twitter or his blog or FB â I canât remember which â and went with an idea put to him; Iâm not suggesting heâs started a cult.
Youâll notice Iâm being deliberately vague here â I donât think I should be giving more details about Alanâs methodology than he does, unless itâs via an interview that heâs consented to take part in.
Not that heâs got anything to hide.
We werenât taking photos of embassies and government buildings or anything like that. Not to my knowledge. I know youâre supposed to check now according to that government ad, because ânot knowingâ is not a good enough defense anymore, but we werenât on holiday. Well, Alan was, technically, but only interstate. And there are no embassies where we were â or at least there didnât seem to be. Not that we were specifically looking. Or even deliberately not looking. We were neither looking nor not looking for official, government buildings or nondescript office blocks that might house espionage agencies.
We werenât doing anything like that.
But if there was some sort of adventure aspect about this that Iâm currently withholding, rest assured, either Alan or I will blog about it soon.
Or after weâre released, if it comes to that.
(No, I promise, that last sentence was just a joke. Your Honourâ¦)
Anyway, we wandered the city â from Chinatown to Darling Harbour then back to the CBD â and in the process Alan decided he could improve upon his initial idea of the dodgy shoot. So, in his words, we âhad a chat, had a walk, had some coffee and came up with a little idea for a photo. So we did it.â It took place in one of those streets in the south-eastern part of the CBD, just before the city gives way to Surry Hills and the Eastern Suburbs.
Iâll either blog in more detail about the shoot â or just as briefly â but with another link to Alanâs Batblog, when heâs processed more of the photos. For now, enjoy this one.