3000 Streets by Mike Reed

Mike Reed’s exhibition, 3000 Streets, traces his near and far wanderings in the world’s arteries with odd servings along the way – some meatier bites than others, but always with a leaning towards the unusual and quirky. 

© Mike Reed. Arrested, 2013. Fuji Lustre C-Type, 50 x 42 cm.
© Mike Reed. Arrested, 2013. Fuji Lustre C-Type, 50 x 42 cm.

Ever observant in this vast playhouse of life, Reed seeks to capture a unique, unrepeatable moment in time, a slice of reality with an honest, un-staged, comical side at “f8 at 1/125 “.

In these times of adversity, including wars, pandemics, and the accompanying stress, Reed believes that humour, in whatever form it takes, is a welcome diversion and relief.

© Mike Reed. Concrete sunbather.
© Mike Reed. Concrete sunbather.

Recently Reed's work was selected by the editor of Life Framers in their 'Street Life' theme, commenting on the 'humorous visual narrative that he conjures through sharp timing and a clean composition'.

© Mike Reed. Mindless.
© Mike Reed. Mindless.

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 time line, photography is number one priority for expression and creativity, ever seeking the comedy or odd twist and from “outside the square”.

See more of Mike Reed's work on Instagram.

© Mike Reed. Heavy/light sleeping.
© Mike Reed. Heavy and light sleeping.
© Mike Reed. Radiation.
© Mike Reed. Radiation.
© Mike Reed. Boxer.
© Mike Reed. Boxer.
© Mike Reed. Running man.
© Mike Reed. Running man.

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The exhibition celebrates one of Australia’s pre-eminent social documentary and feminist photographers, Ruth Maddison, and her significant contribution to the documentation of Australian life and society from the 1970s to the present

The inaugural PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography will reanimate the streets and galleries of Melbourne and regional Victoria, and feature the works of over 160 artists.