One of the things I love the most about my (relatively new) job is the fact that every day, in these same streets I thought I knew like the back of my hand, I keep on discovering new things. Details I hadn't noticed, hidden staircases I had never seen before, interesting colours on a wall, jewelry 'ateliers' tucked away in quiet alleyways...
To me, that's the beauty of staying a tourist in one's own city. Do yourself a favour: keep your eyes open, don't become blasé, don't get stuck in the same routine, walking the same streets and going out to the same places all the time. You'll be amazed by what you'll discover.
Take this shot, for instance. I was walking in Paddington with clients the other night when I came across these stairs I had NEVER noticed before, and I instantly fell in love with the scene. Really liked the dramatic light / darkness contrast, the strong architectural lines and the eerie feeling created by the obstructed view at the top of the stairs. Very Hitchcock!
Now this other picture was shot in The Rocks last year, during the VIVID illuminations Festival (27 May-21 June 2010). I remember I was walking fast to try and catch my ferry back to Manly when something stopped me dead in my tracks. I looked up and took in the poetry of the scene, with this beautiful rainbow lighting, the moving silhouette and its reflection in the water, after the rain. All of this on my doorstep (well, sort of) and I could have missed it had I not paid enough attention!