The People of Vivid Sydney by Thomas Whitaker
It’s that time of year again where the city of Sydney gets lit up and our major land marks are used as the canvas of creativity, it was quite a bit bussier than last year and I think I saw every camera manufactured in the last 5 years at some point while I was there. I wanted to try and convey vivid differently this year, flicking through Facebook you see the same shot 10 times and they get stale. My idea was to think ‘what makes vivid?’ And all you have to do is look around when you are there and it’s easy to see, it’s the people. I covered from Central to the rocks and anything in between.
Vivid is about creativity and lights and using landmarks as a canvas but more than that it is done to inspire the people that go there. Tourists, families, couples, you see them all down there and that is what I wanted to focus on, so my series of images is just that, the people of Vivid Sydney.
One decision I made on how to shoot my view of vivid was to adapt the street photography style of shooting that I love so I wanted a small and efficient camera to stand up to the very low light shooting and my Fuji X-E1 was the obvious choice. Noise at high ISO doesn’t bother me with this camera because even shot at 6400 ISO and pushing fill lights and exposure in Lightroom I can still get a good image. I chose to convert and show the Black and Whites as I want the focus to be on the people without having colours distracting from them.