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18 DECEMBER 2004, BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE

Yin and Yang-- two very different reactions to a heated religious debate ocurring on a street corner one very warm summer's afternoon.

This is a tight crop of a larger scene and it was a hard decision to make-- the whole scene showed the debate in the background but all the participants' backs were facing the camera so there wasn't much of interest (other than a man dressed as Jesus).

These two guys had taken a 'time out' from the debate-- the foreground one was obviously anxious to hit the food court or the nearest 'Timezone' and I was taken by the matchstick hanging apathetically from his mouth. In contrast his friend was trying to explain his conception of the meaning of sin without much success.

In this single moment his gaze, intense and heated from the debate, looked down my wide angle lens (I was 1/2 a metre from them!) and I knew I had the shot. In the end that gaze, and that matchstick, were enough to carry this picture. In hindsight, I wish I'd actually set the lens to 50mm and shot this as a straight candid portrait rather than as a 'scene' but you live and learn.

I haven't been around much in the last month due to too many uni assignments-- I have a LONG backlog of photos I want to critique. I post this one to show that I still exist! :)

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25mm ; XP2 rated EI200 ; cropped

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