ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE, CITYSCAPES, STREET PHOTOS

Spotlight on architectural details


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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 🙂

ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE – OLD & NEW – MELBOURNE


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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.

 

ARCHITECTURE, STREET ART

WASHING THE WINDOWS


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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 🙂

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ARCHITECTURE, BIRDS, LANDSCAPES

DUSK IN MY NEW BACKYARD – Somewhere in Suburbia


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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.

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ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPES

SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE (Melbourne)


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Photo made 23rd April 2014
Photo made 23rd April 2014

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.

IMG_9844In 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).

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And some more images from my archives…

7th September 2010
7th September 2010

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.

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OLD CORNER BUILDING (colour version) – Fitzroy


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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.

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