Since I took up Photography as a hobby, I’ve made dozens of images of the Buskers in Melbourne’s CBD (central business district).
From musicians, jugglers, illusionists, circus acts , gifted creators of amazing street art and mime artists, but my favourites have always been the Latin American or Flamenco Guitarists. Some of them are World Class and I’ve even bought some of their CDs (on sale next to their street performance site).
They probably tour Australia (or Europe and the rest of the World), but when I don’t see them for a while, I often wonder – where are they now?
The Trio below (two of whom seem to interchange with a couple of different guitarists), I first photographed in 2012, then in September 2013 and more recently in February this year. Their music is sublime – lively, uplifting and full of amazing guitar finger work. True performers and entertainers…….and really great vocals.
I hope they come back this summer to Melbourne’s main shopping precinct.
I’ve missed them.
I never cease to be amazed at the size of the cafes in the narrow pedestrian lane in Centre Place in Melbourne. Most have only 2 tables outside, although some are double roller-door’s width and have small table & chairs inside as well. The lane itself is dark and only really well-lit when the cafes are open, or the summer sun shines directly overhead.
The image above shows exactly how wide – probably about 6 feet. The image below (which I shared a few posts ago) show how dark and gloomy it can get at dusk on an overcast day. Despite this, it is a vibrant and well-used area as the lane is a major route for office workers and shoppers heading for home. Weekends have a slightly different clientele – more bohemian and altogether more interesting for street photography. Next time I’m in the city on a Sunday, I’ll make (and share) some more images.
For those who read my “Coffee for Two” post I uploaded this morning, I’ve been able to find the other image I made in the same location a month ago.
(AS ALWAYS, IF YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ONE OF MY STREET PHOTOS AND OBJECT TO IT’S PUBLIC VIEWING, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON MY ‘ABOUT’ PAGE AND I WILL WITHDRAW THE IMAGE PROMPTLY. BUT I HOPE YOU DON’T ASK ME TO WITHDRAW IT, AS IT’S RANDOM SHOTS LIKE THESE THAT BRING TODAYS LIFESTYLE ALIVE FOR THE FUTURE INHABITANTS OF OUR WONDERFUL CITIES & COUNTRY TOWNS.
I love viewing Black & White Street Photography and reading the stories behind the images of the early 20th century Street Photographers and I’m sure many other people will feel the same about these present day photos that I’m sharing with you on my PhotoBlog.
It was overcast and getting dark and I had an armful of shopping which I must admit made this hand-held shot at a shutter speed of 1/25 too difficult for me to hold the camera still, but there’s something about this image that reflects the atmosphere of this city lane so well.
NOTE: September was not a good month. First my vacuüm cleaner died, then the fridge played up………then my Safari (Apple’s iconic super fast and elegant web browser for Mac) died last Thursday, crashed my computer (which couldn’t be revived), necessitating a complete ‘erase’ and new operating system installed ………. and yesterday……ehrrr my TV cable connection seems to have ‘passed away’. Perhaps the aerial on top of my block of apartments blew off in the horrific storm Melbourne experienced on Tuesday afternoon. Back online with a new vacuüm cleaner, new fridge, new ‘Mavericks’ on my Mac……..but I’ll have to follow up the TV issue……..tomorrow.
I thought bad luck only happened in ‘3s’?
Let’s hope October is a better month.