Nothing but a classic tourist snap. Parking was bit of a concern, the amount of cars, campervans and buses caused mayhem, but we ended up scoring a park near the last row of the car park I remember when i was a kid coming here in summer and there were heaps of tourists and people everywhere, nothing much had changed. I honestly thought tourists wouldn't be much of an issue in March I was wrong, there were plenty of people visiting The Twelve Apostles. For your average Tuesday, plus not being school holidays this place was jammed pack. Walking down the path towards the lookout, people were scattered everywhere along the railing admiring the sun setting over The Apostles. I managed to find a spot, it was a gap in between the crowd where I could photograph from. I decided to photograph this scene using my film SLR, after taking a few shots I had second thoughts about the position. From this point the sky had really blown out and there was a lot of detail in the Apostles that were in almost total shadow. I’m glad with the results and how the photographs turned out, I would definitely go back to the same place. Photographed using a Canon 1V + 50 f/1.2 – Ektar 100.
Victorian photographer Matt Cherubino stands tall on the end of a ridge dividing the gigantic cliff face from land and ocean. There was not a sound to be heard all, except for the ocean below, there was a cold brisk wind from the Tasman Sea, whisking against our faces. I took this photograph on my Leica + 35mm f/1.4 – Portra 160.
Last month in April four others and myself decided to meet up in Victoria to get away and explore the landscape and scenery of the Great Ocean Road. Last year while James and myself were in New Zealand doing some photography we met up with Tim and Josh in Queenstown and spoke about going away or doing a trip in Australia. Anyhow, the time finally came and we decided to do the Great Ocean Road adventure, a place we hadn't been to before. We then organised who was going to do the driving, which car to take, and where we were going to meet up, etc. Unfortunately, Josh who we met along with Tim in New Zealand couldn’t make it, as he had left a day earlier to meet up with Matt who lives in Melbourne. The next day about 3 am Nathan, James and myself began driving south from Newcastle towards Victoria.. By mid afternoon we had reached Melbourne, then after a short break we drove down to Geelong then along the Great Ocean Road where we met up with Tim and Matt at Port Campbell. From there we explored the coastlines and started to photograph the environment we were in. Over the following week we got to know each other pretty well and slowly travelled back towards Melbourne, stopping along the way to photograph to fabulous coastal scenes.
Pictured in front of the lens is my good mate James who is also a photographer. James stands above on a green mossy sea rock, looking out towards the metallic sparkling ocean as the sun beans across its surface. I particularly wanted a figure of a person casting a silhouette on the landscape, envisioning an isolative figure. After the caves we explored the empty beaches and endless cliff faces of The Great Ocean Road.
Weekend adventures, James and myself spent a cold rainy Sunday searching for subjects to photograph down in Newcastle Mall. We walked around some of the urban laneways and buildings and because it was the weekend car parks were mostly empty. The main reason I took this photograph or even went out on this particular day, was that I wanted to try out and test the Kodak’s colour negative film Ektar100. Overall I was pretty stoked with the results. Here’s a Portrait of James, photographed on a Leica M6 + 35mm f/1.4 – Ektar 100
Over the past months I’ve been working on personal work with urban architecture of Newcastle the subject. An all time favourite building hidden away out of the town on the former BHP site was knocked down the other day. I guess it just shows that not everything last, but on a positive note I’m lucky I photographed the site before demolishment. But it got me thinking about other historic buildings and streetscapes and the need to photograph them. I went for a drive past the beaches and parked up along Scott Street, Newcastle East. There’s a lot of historical buildings in the area, mostly terraces and apartments. This building caught my eye while walking past. I really like how the sky compliments the building.
This photograph was taken on my Leica M6 + 35mm f/1.4 – Ektar 100
Nothing beats a 6am start to the day, even better having a mate at your door to pick you up. I gathered my gear and off we went. Arrived at the beach as the sun was rising, there were strong chilling winds from the northwest. We stood by and watched the ocean and waves. Within the next couple of minutes I pulled out my water-housing and put my camera equipment together. I then zipped up and ran down to the beach. Two mates who are also photographers accompanied me in the water. I'd been waiting for some time for these conditions, plus the sunrise was pretty epic to photograph in the water. As the sun rose above the clouds, the waves started to backlit pushing through light rays and producing aqua green highlights. I suppose its a lifestyle thing, it's fun hanging out with mates, sharing ideas and having the same interest. I look forward to more early mornings, and catch-ups with mates. Photograph taken on Canon eos 1DX – 24-70mm 2.8 Settings 1/1250 f/5.6 ISO 200
After a long wait the Merewether ocean baths reopened having undergone refurbishment. The iconic baths were shut for a year, opening just in time for summer 2014, and a major attraction after being closed for so long. After a long day many locals gather for a refreshing swim to cool off from the 40 degree heat.
Any moment now the busting southerly should kick in and cool the air temperature down. Most afternoons in summer I went to the baths for a swim, or called by after work with one of my cameras. I wanted to photograph the different changes to the baths, the renewed baths was a massive attraction. People were coming and going, all sorts of people were visiting there and I knew if I was to photograph this place in the future, for example next summer, the enthusiasm and excitement about the baths would not be as strong. I knew it was important to just go there and document the social and leisure activity, people happy to be back there using the baths.
Some days I only took two or three shots and other days half to a full roll of film. Here’s a photograph from a personal project I did over summer. I walked along the concrete path that divides the baths in two and stumbled across this guy on his pushbike doing laps around the baths. Instantly I fell for this moment, the bike rider, the surrounding baths filled with people, a mix of silhouettes and figures.
The lighting and mood and the overall setting appealed to me, as well as the textures in the water and the clouds. I enjoyed searching for dramatic lighting and atmosphere. Straight away when I saw this combination I held my camera to my eye and composed what I wanted, waited for Mr Bike guy to ride past, then took the shot. I look forward to revealing more photographs from this session and self-project. Canon eos 1V + 35mm f/1.4 – Ilford Delta 400.
End of winter last year we were gifted with a large sea swell from the south. Every fortnight felt like there were always waves. Big swell and perfect wind direction in the mornings. One evening before sunset I drove to a particular break in town knowing that it would be most likely working. When I arrived I remember jumping out of the car to a freezing, howling wind. I’m sure I had on a shirt, a denim jacket, plus a trench coat to stay warm. I sat on a rock overlooking the surfers and waves breaking, Its like having a front row seat overlooking the former steel city of Newcastle. As the sun was setting I started to document what I saw. Within ten minutes the colours of the sunset had faded away and it was starting to get dark. I waited for the next set to roll through and this is the result of what I captured. This photograph was taken on a Canon eos 1DX + 70-200mm 2.8 II Settings 1/8thsec f/9.0 ISO 640.
“This guy stole the show”. In February 2015 Newcastle held the Australian Bowl-riders Championship at Bar Beach Bowl. It’s a day where everyone watches and supports the finest skateboarders in the masters/pro divisions. You’ll see young skaters as young as 5 years dropping into the bowl, to old school skaters of 50 years still full of tricks. Each year the hype of the comp is progressive and is expanding. The skaters in the masters division are pushing themselves further and further, charging, gaining more speed, pushing bigger airs and going all out taking on stylish tricks and manoeuvres. When it came time for the finals, Alex Sorgente skated his heat, it was like unleashing a tiger. As soon as he dropped into the bowl his raw power had been conserved, this guy really stole the show, executing massive lines around the bowl. Meanwhile slamming long-length grinds traveling around the bowl and busting airs from the shallow to the deep. Impressing the judges he took out 1st place for the masters division. On the day I decided to use digital and film. I mainly stuck with the SLR going through two rolls of 36exp and taking just under one hundred shots on my DSLR. I must have been more selective on the film camera, remaining patient and only taking a photograph when I saw something I wanted, not the old habit of taking a photograph for the sake of it. This photograph was taken during the finals of Alex Sorgente grinding a Front-side Smith in the pocket of the deep end of the bowl. Photographed on a Canon eos 1V + 8-15mm f/4 – Ilford XP2 400.
Last year I made a short trip down to Sydney from my hometown Newcastle (two hours north). The day before I had arrived home from New Zealand traveling the south island. Anyway I had film left over I hadn't use and wanted to finish off. The main reason for going to Sydney was to drop off my film to the lab for developing. I arrived at Central Station with my essentials and a camera around my shoulder. I knew I had ten more shots left to finish up the role. From central I walked through Belmore Park waiting for something to catch my eye, I stopped down by Hay St and the first subject that caught my eye was the building on the corner of Hay and Castlereagh Streets. I stood there for a moment, composed and judging the overall exposure. Half of the building is in complete shade and dark, whilst the other side is in brightness and high key. I started walking along Hay St and crossed the road, I stopped at the lights and waited to cross. In that moment I observed pedestrians walking on the footpath at the other side of the road. I held the camera to my eye, realising I was to close I took about six steps back, leaning up against a wall. I then waited, checked my composition and watched the foot steps the pedestrian was taking and took the shot. I guess that’s all I did on the way to the photo lab. If I saw something I liked I’d stop and take a photo. Personally I’m not much of a street photographer or the type of work I normally do, it doesn’t fit with my usual photography, but street photography it is something I’d love to work on, is a style that is increasingly appealing to me. Some street photographers inspire me, I particularly dig the harsh light, dramatic lighting, shadows, line work and architecture. This photograph was taken on my Canon EOS 1V + 50mm f/1.2 lens – Fuji Velvia 100.
On one of the days throughout the week I decided to wind down and have a look around Queenstown. I went for a walk through Queenstown Gardens and back along the shore line of Lake Wakatipu. I stood along the shore line and gazed out towards the boats and swimming pontoon with this breath taking backdrop.
Last month I travelled to Queenstown, New Zealand. I was there for a week and mainly travelled by foot. This photograph was taken on the Ben Lomond Track above Queenstown. Before walking the trail, you catch the gondola up the mountain then walk through a forest full of pine trees. The lighting was unbelievable to photograph in the forest. I continued walking the track as trees cleared at an opening. On the way walking up to the summit I captured my travel companion, James awaiting with Mt. Ben Lomond in the background.
Months ago I had a phone call from Novocastrian bodyboarder James asking what I was doing in the next day or so. We decided to meet up the following day and drive to James' favourite surf break. We arrived early morning and watched the break. Looking out it was messy, onshore and rainy. We stood around for a bit waiting for mother nature to turn around and deliver clean waves and a pulsing swell. Alongside James was his mate Johnny Cruickshank, who’s the store owner of “D5” Bodyboard shop at Warners Bay. Another mate Jarred Gibson, pioneer bodyboard shaping and Jesse Landrigan, a frothing grom obsessed with the ocean walked with us back to the car park, and drove down to a local cafe for breakfast. An hour clocked past, and we decided to drive back and check out the surf break again. In the time between having breakfast and coming back, the conditions of the surf had cleaned up. The wind was the right direction and the swell was a great size.
The boys zipped up and grabbed their boards, then paddled out to the surf break. I began photographing the guys surfing, learning what manoeuvres they were pulling. This gave me the chance to understand each of them in the surf, I pushed the boundaries to also include more of the landscape and atmosphere into the photograph. I walked further down the beach and swapped lenses, I was now able to zoom in at a focal length of 160mm. I wanted a shallow depth of field running along the sand in the foreground. I then waited and watched James paddle on to this wave. I pulled the view finder across my eye and quickly composed the photograph, I’d been envisaging this in my mind. As his bottom hand turned I held down the shutter button in continuous frame creating a sequence of James' invert.
Recently while I was on the road with Bin Juice we stopped at Byron Bay to play a show.We thought that we may as well use the time wisely since we had plenty of daylight. We all went down to the beach at the wreck. I photographed Eli, the frontman of Bin Juice while he was talking me though his favourite 5’10” single fin surfboard. After the beach we all had beer o’clock and the classic 24hr bakery on our minds.
Charlie Hardy is ...
Novocastrian Charlie Hardy has grown in the urban coastal environment. He first took up his camera in his teens years chasing youth culture related to surf, skate and music. Years later Charlie has developed new expressions in his photographs by putting himself into his subjects environment to create and document thrilling moments. As a surfer and musician this gives Charlie some insight into the world of his subjects. He is able to connect and envisage potential composition of his subjects in the environment. Charlie moved to photography from an artistic background in painting and drawing, and he finds this useful when developing technical skills behind the lense because it encourages him to incorporate the environment and landscape into more imaginative composition. Just like paints on a palette are at the creative disposal of the artist, so are photographic applications there to be used by the photographer in a creative way as they please. This is the creative side to Charlie's photography.