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3000 Streets

22 February, 2021 - 27 February, 2021


22 – 27 February 2021

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…capturing the quirky world around him in grain and pixel…

Mike Reed, Running Man, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, The Boxer, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Concrete Sunbather, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Heavy and Light Sleeping, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Italian Chairs, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Mindless, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Radiation Protection, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Urban Attitude, archival C type photo print

Mike Reed, Arrested, archival C type photo print

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 Reed’s early years, he meandered the Elster Creek, streets and lanes around East Brighton, peeking into strangers’ backyards or just rambling for a quiet time alone. Reed’s father was a rag and bone man, collecting iron, copper and lead to make ends meet. Reed has assimilated him with his books, art and human detritus and with now more so his photographic witticisms. With his first camera, Reed ventured out at first to document his “sightseeing” and wanderings in a VW.

In 35 years as a film editor, he 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”.

It is hard for friends and colleges to understand Mike Reed in any way other than what he did day in day out … and nights too.

He has been film editing for 42 years, yet photography has always afforded him his only private creative outlet for all those years.

Photography was portable, instantaneous and satisfying in his short breaks from the screaming schedules (editing and running the business was soaking up his concentration 60-100 hours a week).

His camera was always there as he roamed his backyard and afar, eyes alert for something that would catch his attention.

He’s always been a hoarder, all things rusty, crusty and novel. Photography is a further collection of moments. Quirky and delicious.

Editing trained his eye to detail, decision and dialogue. Culture, creativity and cooking are also amongst his other pursuits.

So now retired from the maddening advertising affray, he is armed with his cameras and visual diary passionately pursuing his love of the world around him.


3000 Streets
Talk by Mike Reed
Saturday 27 February, 1.30pm

As part of his solo exhibition 3000 Streets, Mike Reed will give an artist talk about his photographic wanderings leading to this exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.

FREE EVENT, spaces may be limited.

Please RSVP to [email protected]


22 February, 2021
27 February, 2021
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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