One of my early photographic heroes was Melbourne photographer Mark Strizic. Mark documented the changing face of Melbourne in the 1950s and 1960s as it moved from ‘Marvelous to Modern’ A number of these images were eventually collected into a book.
Mark’s graphic black and white photos and his technique of shooting toward the sun inspired my love of urban landscapes. Many times over the years I have tried and failed to produce that strong, contrasty, graphic look. It is a hard technique to pull off. Buildings create glare, lenses create flare and aiming any where near the angle of the sun blows out highlights and gives you a dynamic range the camera just shrieks at.
Last week, in Duckboard Place, Melbourne, I produced my best attempt at this yet. Hey Mark, I’m still trying.
Larger at ipernity.