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The Climb to Montmartre.

For a long time I wondered what the big white building on top of the hill in Paris was… Here’s a series of photos recounting the climb up to Montmatre 🙂

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Still haven’t had a Parisian Macaroon!!! #epicfail

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Nothing better than a warm tea to start the day!

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Busy fabric shoppers

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In the back lanes

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Discounts everywhere!

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Don’t hate Instagrammers.

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Straight up, my phone and its built in camera is one of the most useful tools I own. Without it, i would not have been able to take this photo of all my ‘proper’ gear.

I’m talking about this now primarily because my phone has currently died, and without it, I’ve lost the ability to capture some day-to-day moments that it makes so easy to capture.

It has been said many times before and I couldn’t agree more:

“The best camera is the one you have with you”

There are a large number of photographers who do not embrace the use of camera phones as an art making tool. I’d have to disagree strongly with that. With a camera virtually with you at all times, it gives an unparalleled level of accessibility to photographers – allowing them to capture moments otherwise lost forever.

And, as I have learnt very well with social media, in many cases it is not the image quality and composition that makes an image incredible, but the subject and content of the image itself. Essentially, what is the image saying? Does it convey some sort of meaning or tell a story?

A shot of a beautiful 911 in an Alley Way in London. Possibly one of my favourite photos I've taken. I clearly remember fumbling around for my phone before taking this and trying to make sure I didn't lose the shot before it went around the corner.It's little moments and stories that lead up to taking the shot that make it memorable too.

A shot of a beautiful 911 in an Alley Way in London. Possibly one of my favourite photos I’ve taken. I clearly remember fumbling around for my phone before taking this and trying to make sure I didn’t lose the shot before it went around the corner.It’s little moments and stories that lead up to taking the shot that make it memorable too. 

Photographers from WWII were hardly equipped with 36MP D800’s or 5D MkIII’s in the 1940’s, yet the images they captured deliver very strong messages and emotions and are more than just a picture, but a story. Sometimes the lack of photographic image quality is part of the appeal, much like instagrams filters.

This is sounding more and more like and English lesson looking at the deconstruction of a photograph, but these elements of a photo are (in my opinion) critical to making a good image.

After some torrential rain in Sydney just after I'd come home, I snapped this while waiting for a bus outside uni (getting absolutely soaked in the process)This shot made it onto the Sydney Morning Heralds' web page.

After some torrential rain in Sydney just after I’d come home, I snapped this while waiting for a bus outside uni (getting absolutely soaked in the process)This shot made it onto the Sydney Morning Heralds’ web page.

Another reason why camera phones are awesome – Ease of access, not just in taking the picture, but sharing it with the world. Instagram, Snap Chat, Facebook. Awesome.

In my own experience, some of my instagram images are perhaps the most memorable. Because in some of these images, I can recount  the moment that went with it.

Sometimes using a DSLR can be almost too easy. By depressing a single button and holding it down, the camera will snap snap snap away on an almost endless burst – making the images (in a weird way) less valuable. But I guess this view only reflects the way I use my phone camera…As a image capturing tool I use when there is nothing else to do it with.

“The best camera is the one you have with you”

I’m glad I backed up most of my images from my phone, there are some great moments there that mean a lot more to me than most of my high res, extremely high quality DSLR shots.

Charles Bridge is almost always busy with tourists. Not at 3am and -15 degrees. Shot in Prague, Czech Republic just after my partner and I arrived. A massive thank you to my girlfriend who stayed with me for almost 2 hrs as we wondered the streets in the freezing cold.

Ok, still not convinced? Here’s a few awesome shots I found after a quick google search. “Best instagram photos”

Source: Nialloleary

While browsing at a book store the other day, I even found a coffee table book filled only with images depicting the world using instagram…And i nearly bought it.

So there.

Don’t hate too much on camera phone photographers.

You might end up taking a photo you are really proud of on your phone…Because it was the only camera you had with you.

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Those times when i used to draw.

I keep saying to myself that I should start drawing stuff again. I used to draw, not take photos.

I do a course in Industrial Design. Some of you are probably wondering what the hell that means. And NO I do not design industries…the amount of times i’ve been asked that kills me.

Also known as product design, Industrial design encompasses the things we use everyday from cars to mobile phones, furniture, the list goes on. I like to make it simple and say Industrial designers design anything that can fit inside a house or office. We are NOT architects.

From a young age i’ve always loved cars and by year 8 I decided that i wanted to become a car designer. I wanted to bring what I loved – drawing, cars and art together with something practical that could make a difference to other people and that you could actually make a career from. Heaps of people at school asked if I wanted to be an artist as a career.

But I came to the conclusion that unless you are in the top 0.01% of artists….most of them don’t really get anywhere with anything… :/ awkward if you’re reading this and you’re an artist… But we’ll just assume you’re in that top 0.01%.

So, I love my art and design and to be honest I never EVER considered doing photography as something serious or something that i’d take a keen interest in.

But it seems the Asian Genes in me came out in 2011 when I started taking photos and editing them. And then January 2012 – Form&Function came around 🙂

So here are some old works from the first car proper attempted car drawing to recently – before the photography came around… I really need to get back to drawing….

The first proper car i tried to draw… Yr 7

I used to mod them as well. LOL

Runner Up in some Red Bull competition 🙂

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