In the final 10 images that I have selected here I have endeavoured to stay true to social documentary style photography. That is minimal post processing in order to maintain the integrity of the story. I have discussed in my previous blog entry that I used Lightroom to catalogue, select and process my images. The processing included adjustments to basic contrast, highlight, shadows, white balance and sharpening. Little or no saturation was applied. In fact I often had to reduce saturation and luminence a little because the colours were so vibrant that they were going out of gamma.
Over the course of the festival I published photos on my Cheri Desailly Instagram site. After the first couple of days, organisers and artists started to recognised me from my self portraits on the site and greeted me where ever I went. I had requests from artists for photos and even a commission from one to photograph a large public art sculpture that he has done here in Brisbane. The manufacturer of the acrylic paints used by most of the artists has also contacted me for photos. All of the artists, volunteers and organisers use instagram, as do their fans. I have attracted a following from all over the world and I must admit that the likes and comments that keep popping up on my iphone are akin to instant gratification. I am finding it much more difficult to attract people on my public Cheri Desailly Facebook site.
Here are my final 10. Thank you to tutor Jess Lewis for your very helpful critique.
Part of a larger work by Drapl and Treas on the exterior of the old burnt out Skating Rink in Red Hill. Treas is not keen on having his photo taken, preferring an element of anonymity in the tradition of street artists.
Drapl working on the large work by Drapl and Treas on the exterior of the old burnt out Skating Rink in Red Hill. "This is the most realistic portrait I have done" said Drapl.
The Great South East Team came to The Brisbane Street Art Festival.
Sirmano's Sugar Skulls brightened up the bar in the old GPO, Fortitude Valley.
Buttons has become well known for her artworks and said that she has been "heavily influenced by Japanese culture". This latest piece is in the stairwell of the old GPO in Fortitude Valley.
The Entrance to Jugglers Art Space where four young street artists were painting the walls. Jugglers Inc "supports emerging across a broad range of genre". http://www.jugglers.org.au
The negative part of a larger work at the Brightside in Fortitude Valley., Hounds on the Hunt, is by well known local artist and sculptor, Cezary Stulgis.
Sofles was amazingly fast and efficient at completing this very large mural at the Brightside in Fortitude Valley. He did no preliminary sketching and unlike other artists, appeared to have no plan on paper or iphone to refer to.
Ekear painted the roller door at the Kerbside Bar in Fortitude Valley. It is a great addition to a street with a number of other works.
A fitting finale to The Brisbane Street Art Festival. Australian Guido Van Helten is a world renowned artist, famous for his grand works. This mural will be finished in the next few days and is on the side of a building under construction in Woolloongabba.