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.
Light was fading fast as I left the riverside walking path late this afternoon.
I took a quick short-cut through my new backyard and made a few photos along the way.
One can’t help but admire the strong architectural lines and shapes that marked my path (after the natural landscape and silhouettes that ended a nature walk along the river). A pity it wasn’t earlier with more light, but the nature walk was unforgettable and my Living with Nature blog will show off the highlights over the coming weekend.
The Shrine of Remembrance commemorates those men and women who gave their lives in war and more can be read about it here. It underwent a major multi-million dollar upgrade with a new underground education facility recently.
I’ve made dozens of ‘picture post-card‘ colour images like every other tourist/visitor, so when I had an ‘hour to kill‘ before an appointment last week, I spent some time trying to think of how I really see it. There are so many stairs and not easy to walk up and down with heavy camera gear and shopping as I had last week and in the end, I just sat on the bottom of the eastern steps in the shade while eating my lunch and photographed the stairs beside me.
In one of the new sunken forecourts which lead to the visitor centre, the solemn stone structure and stark architecture is broken with a highly creative new ‘sculpture’ of red shade cloth and with my limited lenses, quite impossible to photograph, so I decided to just make an image of some of the flowing lines that greet you as you enter through an archway. While you can’t see the shapes in the image below, I thought they looked like the petals of a red poppy and wondered if that was the intention of the designer, (as we wear red poppies on Remembrance Day in Australia).
And some more images from my archives…
Personally, I think the building looks more majestic in the winter, especially with storm clouds in the background. The image above and below were shot in September 2010 with my little point and shoot Canon Powershot A3000 IS. This tiny camera may be small, but the image below is still my favourite image of the building.
The more I view this image in colour this
morning afternoon (I slept in!), the more I am intrigued by the blend of original and modern features, so I thought you might like to have a second viewing. If you’ve only got a tiny computer screen, I guess the details won’t be as clear.
Note the modern electricity pole reflected in the window, the CCTV attached to the brick façade and the bulb (?) in the old gas lamp. Obviously the electricity and tram wires in the top right are modern too. Although trams were operating in part of Melbourne in the early 1900s. The modern brick wall repairs are obvious. We can see just a few bluestones in the brick wall on the ground floor.
Another interesting note – early Melbourne architecture is mainly bluestone quarried from nearby in the early 1830s when Melbourne was established and yet the 2nd storey of this building looks very much like sandstone (on which Sydney’s early architecture is based).
Altogether an interesting image for the early Australian history buffs out there.
Yesterday, I caught a bus, and then tram, over to an inner suburb I haven’t been to in many, many years. I don’t know why (as it is renowned for its Street Art and one of Melbourne’s vibrant entertaining areas – very Bohemian in fact – great for artists, and………..photographers).
Superb weather and blue skies but I was overdressed and got so hot that I made it a pretty short walk (compared to my usual long stroll). I spoke to one of the young local street artists taking a break in the shade of a building (opposite to the one he was working on). He suggested I go to Rose Street, Fitzroy to see some great Street Art (which was some blocks away, a bit of a long walk for me in the heat of the bright sun). But I made it.
Many shops were closed for the Christmas/New Year break, but there were many others, (including bars and restaurants), open.
Brunswick Street is one of the main streets in the area and has changed (or should I say revitalised) into a lively stretch of old (about mid to late 1800s) terraced shops, hotels and eateries with a sort of …………. Grungy, Quirky style that is irresistible to someone like me with an interest in history, cafe society and camera in hand.
I love the peeling paint and multi-layered posters curling up on some of the walls – quite a highlight of the exterior façade of many of the buildings.
I’ll go back another day and make some more photos for you. My 50mm f1.4 prime lens was fabulous in this area, but in the narrow lanes I had to resort to my ‘wonky’ unreliable 18-200mm lens because I couldn’t get far enough back to capture the whole length of the murals I saw.