Friday, August 27, 2010

candid, classic and romantic

Almost all photography dates, but perhaps none more than wedding photography. Partly this is due to fashion, hairstyles and cars, however it's also got a lot to do with the photographer. Often when looking at wedding work I wonder why the photographer chose to throw the photoshop effects book at every shot. It seems that unless your work is retouched with soft blurs, saturated colour, vignettes, or extreme clarity; combined with contrived situations in lane ways it's not wedding photography. Oddly, no other style of photography uses these effects or locations in such obvious excess.

Personally, I try to avoid effects. My favorite style of photography is the photojournalism of the 1950s and 1960s. Work that is mostly black and white and candid. I find this work dates the least in the wedding context - it's classic and romantic - like a Chanel or Armani suit. It's simple and follows a storytelling approach that you will still love in 20 or 40 years time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

tell your gembrook story

I'm currently looking for people to participate in a project on the town of Gembrook. If you have a story to tell about Gembrook (Victoria, Australia) please contact me.
mob. 0427 483 836 or info@brentlukey.com.au

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

... the beauty that arises from the chaos

Weddings can be a crazy thing to shoot. They are often a long, time short day, in public locations with little control. It's you, 200 people, the general public and a camera. There's no lighting truck, no stylist, no team of assistants, no off camera monitor, and no on site catering. But that's only the technical side. The subject is often more demanding. The wedding itself, being a rare (usually), emotional, personal and significant family event creates it's own intense environment. People are often uncomfortable having their photo taken, relationships between family members can be tense, alcohol is abundant, time pressures arise, car parking is some times impossible, illness, toilet stops, awkward dresses and shoes, plus the general weirdness of worlds colliding - friends, families, adults, teenagers and young children. Not to mention the weather. Of course the great part of all this is the beauty that arises from the chaos, and that's wedding photography for me - finding the moments that speak of the day, the couple and their relationship (and avoiding the cheesy shot that the guest with his camera is suggesting I take by the rotunda). But I'm raving here, what I really want to say it that occasionally it's nice to work with inanimate objects, with lights and a white background. Here's what I've been doing today.

www.brentlukey.com.au
www.greatweddingsongs.net

Thursday, August 12, 2010

ABC 774 at Healesville Hotel

A crowd of politically minded people gathered in Healesville today to see Jon Faine host his ABC 774 morning talk show. Jon interviewed the federal political candidates, some of the townsfolk and a lizard. The lizard was more entertaining than the politicians and also knew more about the Liberal party broadband plan than the Liberal candidate. Good turn out.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gembrook Project

As some of you know I live in a small town on the edge of Melbourne called Gembrook. On the surface not much seems to happen in this potato growing locality - except in my house which is 'the centre of the universe'. Anyway, once you get out and begin to talk with folk it becomes obvious that people do incredible things everywhere and have great stories to tell. I'm currently working on a personal project to document some of the stories of Gembrook. Here's some work so far.

www.brentlukey.com.au
www.greatweddingsongs.net