BUSKING and PAINTING IS A HEALTH HAZARD

This Busker, (or Street Artist), needed the full breathing apparatus to work on his paintings – a combination of spray paint, stanley knife, sponge and a few other tools.

After making these images, I stood behind him and watched him at work for quite some time.  He was very talented and just……..amazing.  I wondered how much his black and white masterpieces cost, but having just left my DSLR and lens at the camera store repair department, I decided it was not an affordable option to ask how much and I should just admire his talent and style from the pavement edge.

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INNER CITY BACK LANE – Melbourne CBD

I never finished sharing the images I made in the city a week ago.  I’d gone to the northern end to find some new street art and unexplored back lanes.  While I haven’t quite found what I’m looking for in terms of unusual subject matter, I still made some photos as I walked around.

Not sure what I’m looking for.

I’ll let you know when I’ve found it.

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HEALESVILLE, Country Victoria

(Have been without the internet for the last week or so, today is all about catching up with fellow bloggers and the most recent news).

In the meantime, here’s an image taken Sunday afternoon up at Healesville in country Victoria.  Great light and a perfect Spring Day for Father’s Day DownUnder.

I have to admit I was concentrating more on walking through damp leaves and hidden muddy puddles and not slipping down the steep slope (than holding the camera still and trying to capture the fern-covered hillside).  Most of my images were a wee bit disappointing.

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STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES

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Many of my street photography images made in the inner city lane ways of Melbourne have stories behind them.  They may be my stories of an afternoon walk, or those of the people I photograph.  I rarely tell them.

The image above is of the bluestone cobbled lane way behind some university buildings at the northern end of the city.  I’ve never walked this way before yesterday, as it’s little used and probably just a lane way used as a shortcut to the back of some lecture halls or warehouse area.  I can’t help but wonder about its history?  Did horses and carts travel down its rough surface delivering goods in the early settlement of Melbourne in the 1830s (because it’s certainly very old, as is the bluestone cobbled lane behind my apartment building where I live in an inner city suburb).

Melbourne’s early buildings are mainly built of Bluestone quarried in nearby areas of the first settlement.  Sydney’s early buildings are mainly of Sandstone (so are those in Hobart, the capital of the island state of Tasmania off the southern coast of Victoria).

I walked through this area yesterday in search of some new Street Art and I certainly found lots to admire.

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But about 5 feet to the right of the first street art image (above) I spied a couple of chain wire gates some 2 1/2 to 3 foot high.  I initially assumed they were the entrance to a cellar or underground access to utility pipes.  The two shirts hanging over the gates gave me more food for thought.  And then…….my senses were shocked to see what looked like food, a drink bottle(?) and an old transistor radio in the darker area below the white shirt (not visible in the photo below, but I can assure you they were faintly visible to my eyes).  Behind the right hand gate was what looked like rough bedding.

Was this a night-time shelter for a homeless person?  Were the shirts draped over the gates to block out the street lights at night?

Was this someone’s home?  I have often seen homeless people begging in the inner streets of Melbourne (or quietly drinking with mates in dark corners of city lanes).  Although I often wondered, I’d only actually seen bedding a couple of times before.

Did a homeless person live in this dark hole? Somehow, this thought seemed all the more shocking than seeing a beggar on the streets.  The thought of someone crawling into this dark, dank, dusty, freezing  hole in winter sent shivers down my spine and brought tears to my eyes.  Melbourne is ablaze with enormous cranes and construction of new high-rise inner city offices and apartment blocks at the moment, but who spares a thought for these hungry souls who have no shelter in the worst winter storms and early morning freezing temperatures.  Who gives a thought for some of these homeless forced to live like scavenging rats in Melbourne’s back lanes.  How can the Developers and Governments of our current times spend millions of dollars on modern skyscrapers and refurbishing luxurious office accommodation?

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Who helps the Helpless.

I really don’t understand modern society.  There are certainly many philanthropists among Australia’s Rich & Famous.  There are certainly many charities and volunteers who give freely of their time to the needy.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics gives some figures from 2011 here

 

……and some more images from my archives (these images have been posted before on my old PhotoBlog).

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JUST THINKING – Melbourne CBD

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The wind chill was more than a little sharp.

But the sun came out and blue sky heralded possibilities.  It was sure to be warmer in the city centre, so that’s where I headed.  When walking around the city streets, I’m always looking up, down and all around me.

This image was up through a first floor window.  Had to increase the contrast when I converted it to B & W to allow for shooting through glass and despite the noise in the background, I decided it was a keeper. 

More and more I’m looking for simple compositions these days.

 

ONE, TWO, THREE…………GONE – Tram Stop, Melbourne CBD

Wish the 3rd image had been sharper, but you know how it is – you get an idea of people & trams moving and somehow you inadvertently move the camera at the same time people are moving.  Some more practice at focusing on the stationary subjects (while other people and tram are moving might be helpful).

I’m sure you get the idea of the series though.  I’ll try again when the nights are warmer in the summer and it’s not so cold waiting for a tram to go home.  This series was made in mid-April – Autumn in Melbourne.

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SPOTLIT LEAVES – City Square at Night in Melbourne’s CBD

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…………and a photo of the actual city square at night so you get a bit of an idea of how the trees came to have such extremes of light and dark outlining their shapes.  The above photo was made standing under a tree and looking up above my head.

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