Photo by Maciej Dakowicz

where

I live in a small coastal community located a little south of Sydney, Australia.

what

I don't have a style. I just look for quirkiness, intimacy, humour, ambiguity, and mystery. 

why

In my early career I worked as a documentary photographer in an academic setting, and in my spare time I was also involved with community-based documentary photography. 

Some of my work from that period is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, and appeared in print in publications by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

In the 1980s I co-founded Photo Access, Australia's first community photographic centre. I taught photography at Photo Access and in other community settings, for many years.

I always knew that street photography was a thing, and I was a big fan of photographers like Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz and Elliott Erwitt. I carried a camera with me everywhere, but my personal preference was always for story-based documentary and community work.

After thirty years away I'm back making photographs. I'd love to develop community and documentary projects again, but until that becomes possible, street photography is a complicated, challenging and satisfying enough alternative.

how

Almost all the images shown on this site were made with a Fuji X-T2 camera and a 23mm f2 lens.

faves

I like the work of street photographers who have recognisable and unique styles e.g. Alex Webb, Maciej Dakowicz, Melissa Breyer, Peter Kool, Tavepong Pratoomwong and Graciela Magnoni

The work of earlier street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Elliott Erwitt and Saul Leiter have also been influential.

I also like the work of Josef Koudelka, Nikos Economopoulos and Ernesto Bazan. Their style isn’t strictly street; it’s story-telling at a deeper level, and sometimes more documentary in style and presentation. I'd love to make work like that!

My partner Julia Coddington is also a street photographer. You should get to know her awesome work :). 

contact

email: gerry.orkin@gmail.com 

instagram: @gerryorkin

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