3000 Streets is the photographic trace of Mike Reed’s near and far wanderings in the worlds’ arteries, with the odd servings of meatier bites than others, but always a lean towards the unusual and quirky.
In retirement, Reed has travelled more the less travelled roads around Melbourne, Australia and overseas. Ever observant in this vast playhouse of life, Reed endeavours to capture a unique, unrepeatable moment in time, a slice of reality, and honest, unstaged, comical side at “f 8 and 1/125“. No Photoshopping, Instagram or Snapchat filters either, and shooting always with a camera and not a phone.
In 35 years as a film editor, Reed observed, selected, evaluated, spotted the good takes of wild or planned action rolling through at 25 frames a second. He learned to compute and react very quickly “to see”. So, when not chasing deadlines, Reed was out capturing the quirky world around him in grain and pixel during the short infrequent breaks in the torrent of brain numbing schedules. Now off the timeline, photography is number one priority for expression and creativity, ever seeking the comedy or odd twist and from “outside the square”.
3000 Streets opens at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs gallery on Monday 22 February 2021.
Artist Talk Saturday 27 February, 1.30pm. RSVP to email@example.com