I’ve shot and published well over a thousand images of Melbourne over the past twelve months. Most are from the Central Business District [known as the Hoddle Grid https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bydesign/robert-hoddles-grid-and-the-birth-of-melbourne/5703114 colloquially].Many of these images are here https://www.instagram.com/spectacle_tales/
In my quest for eyewear, street style and street life, I’ve come across other interesting bits and pieces on the street. Things such as ghost signs or ornate brickwork or foundation stones or plants growing in a laneway. Some of these I have shot, but I’ve never been quite sure how to publish them in an appropriate way.
Two other things have crossed my mind as I walk around Melbourne with my camera.
The first is that the grid is divided into 32 blocks, and to be honest, I usually only shoot in twelve of them. I really need to be forced to explore the whole 32 blocks and walk every [and I mean every!] street, lane arcade and alley.
The second is to make myself fulfil some photographer briefs and regularly produce and upload images and text to a timeline.
Melbourne as a Board Game: A Street Photography Brief.
If you think about it while Melbourne and Manhattan are designed around grids, so are many board games, such as chess or snakes and ladders. And ike any game there are rules! Here they are.
- Images and text need to be produced for each of the 32 blocks of the Hoddle Grid.
Here is the grid and the block numbers. [The numberings goes back to the development of the grid in the 1830’s. See William Green’s 1854 map https://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/114752
- No more than two hours can be spent shooting in each block. Each shoot needs to produce at least 10 publishable shots.
- No previously shot images can be used.
- Weather is weather!
- No more than four hours can be spent in post-production, writing [see below] and uploading.
- There are 32 different photoshoot topics, four to be used for each block of the grid.
- Each photoshoot topic can be only used a maximum of 5 times in the 32 shoots.
Here are the photoshoot topics
How the Photoshoot game works.
• Download a random number picker app for your smartphone. [I’m using the “Random” app from the Apple’s App Store]. Set the range between 1 & 32 and generate a number. That is the block for the photoshoot for that day [see map above]. If the random number has come up for a previous photoshoot, obviously generate a new [unused] number.
• Then pick four photoshoot topics from the list above. Some local knowledge is required as some photoshoot topics will be in most blocks, e.g. Shop Fronts, while others such as Religious Institutions are not on every block, [only 5 blocks out of the 32 have churches]. Statues and Reliefs are also not in each city block!
• To complete the “game” the 32 photoshoots need to be completed and 32 blogposts published.
• Each blogpost needs at least 250 words of text about an aspect of the images.
Watch my upcoming blogposts to see the results.