The day before Lockdown (112 days) ended in Melbourne. This is the main northern end of the Royal Arcade where it opens on to the pedestrian-only shopping area and main department stores of Bourke Street.
Hairdressers and the 5km close-to-home limit had been lifted the week before, hence me being in the city for a haircut. Only a minute to take the shot before the lone figure moved on and my appointment were due.
I was surprised at the number of people around on this day compared to the empty ghost-town like images on the TV news some weeks before, but I suppose there were people living in city apartments who had ventured outdoors for a walk.
Melbourne city pre-COVID below.
The Royal Arcade, Melbourne, the day before Lockdown (112 days) ended 28th October 2020.
Hairdressers and the 5km from home restrictions ended the week before, hence me being in the city centre for a haircut. I was surprised to see a few people around, but only had a couple of minutes to take a photo before they moved on…….. and I was due for my appointment.
In general, I rarely go into the Melbourne City’s CBD (central business district) any more as it’s so crowded in the main Bourke Street pedestrian only shopping mall and I find my senses overwhelmed.
My MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) is super-sensitive to perfumes, chemicals, loud sounds and bright lights.
Yesterday’s visit to my favourite hairdresser, who can tame my wayward hair into some resemblance of style, and my regular Dental appointment (next Wednesday) are about the only reasons for a visit.
Yesterday was hot and airless in the crowd, but one can never predict the weather in Melbourne (when you make appointments the previous week).
In the absence of being close to Melbourne’s CBD and the opportunities to do Street Photography now I’m living further away in the western suburbs, sometimes I have to resort to photographing something indoors.
Shooting ordinary everyday objects indoors is actually not as easy as it looks I must say.
Feel free to offer some constructive criticism in the comment box below.
Since I rarely go into the city since moving to the western suburbs of Melbourne 4 months ago, this blog will change in subject matter/style.
Not sure where its going, but hopefully I’ll wake up one morning and find some inspiration.
Simple subjects will probably take over from (mostly) street photography.
Of course I do more than just Bird or Street Photography.
Here’s a reminder…..(ehrrrr, hope this works – its years since I did a YouTube)
Apart from Melbourne’s lane ways, there are an extraordinary number of gifted and highly creative Street Artists who display their craft in the inner suburbs.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, dates back to the early 1840s. Originally a working-class area of low rent and cheap shops, it is now home to many students, artists and bohemians.
I walked partway down one small section on the way to the supermarket in that area and made a few images of the Street Art (to share online) on the way.
(I must be the only person who carries a camera and lenses on the back of their shopping trolley to do food shopping 🙂 ).
Shop facades in Brunswick Street and surrounding side streets are usually unkempt and un-restored. Those buildings/shops that are painted, are often done with a ‘distressed‘ effect – I suppose there must be some kind of chemical which makes paint peel as it dries? Some of the shop signs are works of art in themselves and Street Art adorns almost every corner or main building. Even the 1st floor above the shops, which are residential, have the occasional window covered with a painted piece of art.
Even though I’m a Nature Lover at heart, I can’t help but be awed by these outdoor art galleries. Since I moved to the north-eastern side of inner Melbourne 12 months ago, my main bus route to the city centre leads me straight past many of these areas. One of these days, I’ll walk down the main road from the city through Carlton, Brunswick, Fitzroy and Collingwood (which are inner suburbs along the bus route) and photograph some more of this extraordinary Street Art.
Ehrrrrrr……..not all in one day though 🙂