Moneyperry...December by Kian West

"When the sun starts to slide, like an egg down a wall after a domestic disturbance, you'd better have your camera with you. If you don't have your camera bolted to you at all hours*, at least don't leave it at home when the sun sets. DSC59742 copy smlr

Sunsets are often the subjects of the first photo we look at and think "I just took a good picture". The beautiful thing about photography, though, is that you can return to the same subject matter ad nauseum and apply the lessons you've learned on all the other unpredicted, unfamiliar jobs and push the standard sunset shot somewhere new.


For me much of the charm of photographing Newcastle is the challenge posed by it's small size and small population. I tend to return to the same few, sparsely populated areas day after day and force myself to shoot something different. The question I face when I visit Sydney is "What will I shoot today?" but in Newcastle it becomes "How will I shoot today?".



*bolt your camera to you at all hours. "




Moneyperry... November by Kian West


I'm a newcomer to Newcastle and one thing you notice when you don't have a decade-spanning memory of the city is the separation between the populated parts of town that seem to have been chosen to act as hubs for entirely random reasons. Darby Street and Beaumont street (to name two of the most prominent) are like self-contained islands divided by tectonic distances of very little (unless you're in the market for used cars or a trip to a brothel) with no clear path or plan to link the two. PDUFFIN01

The day-to-day result of living decentralised is that you spend much of your time drifting through the 'no-wheres' on the way to the 'somewheres'. I don't want to compare the wander between Beaumont Raj and The Grainstore to any significant human accomplishment but life here has given me an appreciation of the Polynesian cultures that would have had to tally up hundreds of hours at sea, carving across the murky void to the next habitable island.




I take my camera everywhere and, like everyone, my shots are mostly happy snaps of food and friends in the deliberately curated and population-rich parts of town. I'm starting to become more interested in documenting the part of Newcastle I spend an equal amount of time and yet never think about - transit.