Banks Love People Who Urn A Lot by David McMahon

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I hope you are intrigued by what is portrayed here. At the top of the frame is the very creative, eye-catching mural at the entrance to the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, showing classical figures, a variety of Grecian urns, and even some Corinthian columns.

And in the foreground, in case you’re wondering, is a Melbourne tram – with an ad for a local bank. A couple of months ago, I was shooting the Grecian figures above the main entrance to the museum from a variety of angles when I decided to cross the street to photograph the entire facade of the museum.

As I did so, a tram pulled up at the stop in front of the building, so I took advantage of the unusual opportunity to combine modern transport with depictions of ancient civilisation.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 78mm.


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  • Rosy Kueng
    Rosy Kuengover 3 years ago

    A very interesting capture David :))) what a lucky contingency! your info are indeed very helpful ;))

  • Many thanks, Rosy – tomorrow I’ll probably post another image from this series, but without the tram! So glad you liked the description. Have a great time in Switzerland.

    – David McMahon

  • Jimmy Joe
    Jimmy Joeover 3 years ago

    incredible shot…

  • A lot of luck as well, Gerrard – that tram came along at precisely the right time, creating the contrast!

    – David McMahon

  • Barbara  Glover
    Barbara Gloverover 3 years ago

    Fantastic David. Interesting.

  • Thanks so much, Barbara – this city really delivers some interesting perspectives. I am so lucky!

    – David McMahon

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 3 years ago

    Well done to have the awareness to get this great capture. It looks like the sculptures are in fact on top of the tram. The title is inspired :)

  • So glad you like the title, Judi. I’ve just posted a follow-up shot here that brings a different perspective.

    – David McMahon

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    LOL!! Wonderful title!! And excellent shot!

  • Delighted that you like the title. Not often we get to compose a shot comprising two totally different eras of history!

    – David McMahon

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