Tom by Andrew  Makowiecki

This is photo of a graffiti artist in Hosier Lane Melbourne. His name is Tom and he comes from Newcastle.

Tom was doing a painting on the wall when some tourists approached and they were obviously a bit nervous and keeping their distance. So Tom put the spray can into his mouth which made the tourists even more excited.

This is probably the opposite of his personality as Tom loved talking about his paintings and was a really approachable guy. He was just playing around for the benefit of the tourists.

Shot was taken on a Mamiya 645 film camera on tmax 100 film.


  • benthebrown
    benthebrownover 6 years ago

    Thats a ripper of a portrait, great character and attitude. The composition and space is nicely enhanced by the contrast. Good stuff!

  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...over 6 years ago

    Thanks Ben appreciate you looking at my work and your comments. Doubly so because this is one of the works I am really proud of . Street photography scares me a bit, its like asking a girl for a dance.

    Best of luck with your photography


  • DravenStudios
    DravenStudiosabout 6 years ago

    Awesome. I so, thought that was a whipped cream can before seeing the full size photo.

  • Whipped cream straight from the can, haha that sounds like me on occassion.

    It was so funny the tourists were nervous about coming close to watch him paint. He saw this and played up to them hence the can in the mouth. This increased the tourists sense of doing something dangerous and amused Tom.

    Tom spoke to them for a fair while about his paintings afterwards so it was a win win situation for everyone concerned.

    All the best Andrew

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • eclectica
    eclecticaabout 6 years ago

    Wow lucky you being on the spot for this – I just love this work, all the more remarkable as it’s film. Love your pf Andy!

  • I think a bit of luck is always needed in our craft. I saw them there and decided to muster my courage and approach them. I spent about an hour with them talking and joking. I got three good pics out of five taken, I am pretty happy with that ratio. The other two are Sandman and Scotsman on Hosier Lane.

    In some ways I find film is easier than digital for street photography. Its easier because I tend to think a lot more about each shot. The background the light what the people are doing etc. With digital I tend to not think as much and hurry too much and shoot too many pics. I think Ralph is of the same mind about film.

    I enjoy your street photography a lot and have looked at it quite often so your compliment is really appreciated. All the best Andrew

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoabout 6 years ago

    neat narrative and even better image of this fellow having some fun at the expense of others’ sense of propriety. if you have a minute, check out graffitti images I took in la Paz, mexico…it’s everywhere and being legitiatized.

  • Thanks Phil I had a ball taking this photo.

    In Melbourne there are a number of laneways that are devoted to Graffiti type of art. There is even an art gallery in this laneway selling it.

    I had a quick look ( i have to go out ) through your photos you have some awesome travel Pics. I will look forward to having a good look tommorow

    – Andrew Makowiecki

  • Pepijn Sauer
    Pepijn Saueralmost 6 years ago


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