This image I made in Flinders Lane in Melbourne yesterday deserves an explanation (apart from the fact it looked terrible in black and white, hence the colour version).
I was hurriedly walking to the other side of Melbourne’s CBD for an appointment at Olympic Park Sports Medicine and went partway via Flinders Lane. Yesterday was a perfect Autumn day in Melbourne with flawless blue sky and a gentle breeze. The narrow Flinders lane falls into deep shadows in various sections from the newer high-rise office blocks that line this narrow thoroughfare.
I walked past a row of motorbikes parked on the footpath and was suddenly struck by this amazing ‘spotlight’ on a motorbike side mirror. After stepping back a pace or two, I lined up the shot which reflected the architectural detail of an old restored building on the other side of the street catching a beam of bright sunlight (which reflected the clear blue sky in its windows).
lt was like a blue spotlight in a semi-dark room and reminded me of the most amazing details in our cities if we walk slowly and have an observant eye. None of the other motorbike side mirrors had the same effect. They were all dark.
It must have been one of those ‘right time, right place’ moments. I guess you’d have to actually be there to appreciate this unique well-lit snapshot 🙂
From the Archives……
I didn’t go out of my way to make images comparing old and new architecture for these shots.
They are just various cityscapes made over a number of years when I was in the city (of Melbourne) and happen to contain architectural styles. Originally shot in colour, they seemed to lend themselves to B & W conversion.
Some of my favourite images over recent years have been made while standing at the bus stop.
The shot below was made yesterday, (while waiting for a bus to go through the city to an appointment). I just hope it was not as windy up at that height as it has been on ground level in Melbourne and its surrounds in recent weeks. I’ve been mostly at home waiting for Spring to come back to Melbourne. With September being the wettest on record, perhaps I should just ‘write-off’ Spring and wait for Summer 🙂
I’ve been trying to capture a good B & W photo of this building for some time, but I finally admit defeat and give you a series of colour images.
This building is unusual to say the least.