This is an image I took one evening in the city of Melbourne when I was using the Canon 5D Mark IV. It has been raining so it was quite wet. I took this image as I walked through this arcade near St Paul’s Cathedral.
There were a lot of things about the original image that I liked. The walkway at the top of the stairs was free of people, which was unusual as it is often a place that homeless people sleep, it can give them some protection.
It was taken just after sunset so to get the effect I was looking for I had to get rid of a lot of the light. I wanted the image to appear like it had been taken at night so I spent a fair bit of time was spent on the light that was in the image to try and get rid of it.
I wanted to play on that light that was on and make it appear like it was lighting the whole scene. I had to do quite a bit to get that to show.
Ultimately I wanted the scene to seem lonely, and the viewer to feel isolated.
I really liked the rubbish all over the ground as well. It seemed to help give the scene that abandoned look.
I am going to show you the original as well. To help give you an idea of what I had to do to the image.
When I put this up on Instagram, it really didn’t do well. I really liked it and it really said a lot to me, but I can’t control what others like. I think that is one of the hardest things with Instagram is not getting into that just putting up photos that you think people will like. I’ve been trying very hard to put images that say something to me.
Basically this was a successful image for me. I was really happy with how the final image came out. I don’t know what I would do differently if I were to do it again.