ROYAL ARCADE, MELBOURNE – LOCKDOWN – PART 2

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.

ROYAL ARCADE, MELBOURNE – LOCKDOWN – PART 1

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.

COFFEE, TEA or MACAROONS – Royal Arcade, Melbourne

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I debated whether to erase the scratches and marks on the glass case (holding the old teacups), but then decided it added another layer of interest to the image.

The Royal Arcade has all the architectural details painted in Black, with black and white tiles on the floor in a checkerboard design.  I’ve taken many photos but never been able to capture the atmosphere of this heritage listed arcade, but you can read about it here.  Or check out some photos on Google images.  In the meantime, the bright sunlight was shining through the upper windows in the arched roof and highlighting some of the shoppers and cafe patrons.  Definitely no need to increase the contrast or definition in most of these photos.

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