First published on 27 Apr 2011. Updated on 2 May 2011.
Scottie Cameron is a self-taught photographer but, as a child of glossy magazines, he was always drawn to large set-ups and bold imagery, yet equally fascinated by the atmosphere behind the camera as that in front of it. Setting up young and shooting blind, Cameron’s ﬁ rst jobs came in a trickle… then a flood. In New York, he worked as first assistant on huge celebrity shoots (14 hour set-ups, five minute shoots). “It validated that I wasn’t as dumb as I thought I was,” says Cameron. Back in Melbourne and reawakened to the beauty of his home city, he today shoots at will – “a half-eaten hamburger at 2am, a portrait of the postman, a white wall with many coats of paint.”
SCOTTIE'S TOP 5:
1 • HANDSOME STEVE’S HOUSE OF REFRESHMENT
A bar in the Abbotsford convent run by a genuine human with no hidden agendas, this is a true diamond in the rough.
2 • CIBI CAFÉ
Cibi is fantastic. This café has a belief and the people who work here have heart – every coffee feels like a hug.
3 • PROVANS HARDWARE
One of a dying breed but they still sell real tools and timber… and genuine knowledge.
4 • EDINBURGH GARDENS
Apparently it’s sketchy here at night but to me it’s lovely. A warm day in this tree-covered park sky-gazing with a friend is perfect.
5 • MERRI CREEK BIKE PATH
You could drive slowly through traffic, body asleep with annoyance... or you could ride a bike along this path hidden between suburbia and industrial madness with an ear-to-ear smile of contentment.