Place: Story Bridge, Brisbane. Mission: To capture the place (with a camera, obviously). This morning I joined the wonderful Carl Warner for a photographic walking tour of Brisbane. He was fascinating as were his tips on capturing the city's history through its architecture. One of the interesting points raised by Carl was that he does not like to include people in his pictures because he likes the environment to speak for itself and people, cars etc immediately put a date stamp on the image. But the big lesson I learned was about myself, and it should have been obvious had I stopped to think even for a bit. A place to me is not about its buildings. A place is about how people and things use the built and natural environment. Until this morning I never knew families gathered on the sandy banks of the Brisbane River to play. I never knew about the dogs frolicking with their humans by the river. Around the bend at South Bank seeing people playing in the sand is the norm but despite the best part half a century in the city, I did not know this. Despite this discovery, I still grew to appreciate even more the built environment - modern and older. The bridge itself remains a fascination, its lines and angles are a beautiful thing. And spending a couple of hours with people with the liking of the lens as much of myself wandering the city was awesome. I learned one other thing - I can get lost anywhere. My Project365 buddy Donna Weeks and I managed to get so engrossed in what we were doing we lost the group. Great effort.
|Carl Warner (left) and some of the group I managed to lose|
|My mate Donna capturing place|
|We lost them too|