To celebrate the launch of the new photography exhibitions here at the hotel, we sat down with Chief Concierge and Photographer-in-Residence James Ridenour to find out more about the exhibition and his photography.
Why do you love travel photography?
JR: I love photography and travel. It was a natural fit to combine these two passions. I find the best way to get great photos is on foot. I always go for a long walk in the destinations I travel to and take hundreds of photos.
What sparks your creativity and always makes you reach for your camera?
JR: I see everything as a possible photograph. I am always thinking of how things will translate photographically. One of my favourite things is to take a photo of something every day and have the viewer see things in a new way. You might have noticed I enjoy different angles and this features in my work regularly.
What are some of your favourite photos on exhibition here at the hotel?
JR: I have two favourites in the exhibition. First is the street art of the aboriginal boy taken on the corner of Fitzroy and Johnston Streets in Fitzroy (image above). It is still there if you want to go see it in person. Second is Federation Square with the reflection of the Eureka Tower in it (image below). I love capturing reflections!
What’s a fun hidden story behind one of the photos?
JR: The Los Angeles photo of the Fox Studios Lot (image below) with the Marylyn Monroe and Tom Ewell mural of the Seven Year Itch was taken from the balcony of room 1608 at the InterContinental Century City. This corner room has a fabulous balcony and an incredible view of LA and the studio lot! Well worth the trip for a bit of InterContinental lifestyle!