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I've Got the Music in Me - Hamer Hall Reopens (a Photowalk via St Kilda and Collins St)

Last Wednesday I headed out into the evening with my trusty camera and no real idea of where the night would take me. Too late to catch the lazy winter sunset, I found little other than the lighthouse to greet me on the beach at St Kilda

although devoted cyclists and joggers continued to pound their way up and down the foreshore.

Strange lights, like alien messengers, cast an eerie glow above the city skyline, so like a moth I duly headed towards the light…in a roundabout kind of way.

The first things to catch my eye once I entered the city were some seductively glinting train tracks…

on my way towards Federation Square, with its scrolling text and angular shapes, almost abandoned at this time of the evening…

but every now and then a chilly pedestrian scurried in from the cold, probably to catch a movie.

What was all that before about extraterrestrial light signals? Hmm, must have been coming from the other side of the road – the proud and vibrant, reinvented Hamer Hall!

There are some splendidly ridiculous, enormous gladioli on show, as approved by Dame Edna (a ‘thank you’ to the people of Melbourne for bearing with the prolonged renovations)

and some mighty vibrant colour schemes dancing across the face of Hamer Hall itself, which seems to have floodlights perched on its roof, beaming up into the great beyond and scaring the local bats.

After a couple of years of improving and beautifying, I caught the grand hall on the eve of throwing her doors wide open once more as she tested the waters by showing off a little with her fancy lightshow. After the investment of 136 million dollars, the concert hall is rumoured to have drastically improved acoustics, new seating, great amenities and a design that better utilises the river frontage.

Strollers and sheepdogs pranced past the soon-to-be-filled advertising windows

(hmm, looks reminiscent of a famous director’s cameo)

and the whole building looked somewhat like a massive seagoing vessel when viewed from across the Yarra River.

From where, of course, I spotted a few other pretty reflections that I couldn’t resist.

And if you’ve made it this far, all that remains is for me to say thank you for indulging me in this evening meander around Melbourne!


  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 2 years ago

    Happily indulged, Georgie, and gorgeous images all! :-)))))

  • Aw thanks Ell :D

    – Georgie Hart

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 2 years ago

    Well Georgie. I have just scrolled through these images about 4/5 times and found something new to stop and look at closer each time. I am delighted that you went on your stroll as you have brought back from it some wonderfully interesting impressions of nightime Melbourne. Fascinating.Cheers.Tony.

  • Glad you enjoyed Tony!

    – Georgie Hart

  • geof
    geofover 2 years ago

    very impressive work, Georgie – impressive too in the way you just get out and do it.

  • thanks Geoff, I don’t usually do it often enough but lately I’ve been keen!

    – Georgie Hart

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 2 years ago

    I enjoyed this not only for the photos but for your considered descriptions. There is so much concentration required to capture so many excellent images – You must have been alone to have caught so many good shots from just one walk. This tour is wonderful, I will come back to see this again I’m sure. Well done Georgie.

  • Very glad you enjoyed them Rhoufi! The ‘considered descriptions’ were written during periods of procrastination whilst whipping up some pieces for work tonight. Yep I was alone, but I think I have nearly as many images from Sunday’s walk to put up in the next journal in a couple of days or so. :)

    – Georgie Hart

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago


  • thanks Sylvia :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    Oh, Georgie, this a grand set of photos and descriptions. I admire your creative eye as much as your imaginative descriptions! Remarkable tour. Must view again.

  • As always I very much appreciate your encouraging words Jan!

    – Georgie Hart

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    Sheepdog(s) — such a super reflection(s). And Sir Alfred looks so trim!

  • Cute dog eh, and I’m so glad you knew who I was talking about with regards to Alfred!

    – Georgie Hart

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 2 years ago

    Delightful to read your descriptions and see these gorgeous night scenes.

  • Thanks so much Pat!

    – Georgie Hart

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 2 years ago

    Very well seen and written. A great night out.

  • Very glad you think so Fred – thank you :)

    – Georgie Hart

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Melbourne ROCKS!

  • Sure does, thanks for swinging by Carol :D

    – Georgie Hart