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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Tribal girl

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Byron Bay is famous for its alternative lifestyle. I was hoping to add many street photographs capturing the people who live there. To my disappointment, todays Byron Bay is very much a mainstream tourist destination and the town itself is very much as commercial as any other city of this size.

There were a couple of exception and this photograph of a girl with the sign “tribal” across her belly was one of them, or so I thought. I have asked if I could photograph her belly and quickly agreed. Being a curious creature I have asked what does the word “tribal” signify. The answer was a bit of a surprise. Her belly was just a clever marketing billboard for a travel company, which uses “go tribal” term as its slogan. Clever advertising, but no alternative lifestyle.

Man with a big smile against a poster with smiling woman

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I was passing this man in the Martin Place. He noticed my camera and said: “Sir, I hope you are not talking photos of me!”. Naturally I raised my camera and photographed his smiling face in a single move. I had no intention of keeping the photograph. I knew it probably was badly blurred due to motion and I did not expect it to be in focus. I kept on going as the man’s intention was simply to engage me in a conversation which led to some marketing.

When I uploaded all my street photographs from today’s walk I have noticed this man’s photo turned out to be quite a catch as his smiling and blurred face is nicely complemented by a smiling woman from a poster behind him. Definitely a keeper.