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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Air vent abstract – a side track to street photography


There is no question that street photography revolves mainly around people. Countless situations, characters, juxtaposition scenes bring endless photographic possibilities.

In my daily walks through Sydney from time to time I also notice interesting patterns in architecture. Usually the simpler the pattern the harder it is to spot and yet it provides for very artistic photographs.

Take for example this abstract photo of an air vent somewhere in Margaret Street. Grey cement blocks arranged closely, one next to another. Usually the building where these air vents are is covered in shadow and the vent ribs are unremarkable. Today however there was quite a strong light coming onto them reflection from a building on the other side of the street. How could I pass this element for years and never seen it in this light? Simple – you need to be at the right place at the right time.