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Southbank, South Wharf and Human Scale

The sun was (mostly) out and so were the shadows and citizens of Melbourne on a bright spring day two weeks ago…

 
 

When the last rain shower of the morning finished, these guys knew the only way was up.

 
 

After all, even the walls looked cheerful.

 
 

Somehow this guy found it easy to resist the lines of ’Jeff’s Shed’…

 
 

but this pair sure couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

 
 

Over the water, Crowne Plaza dwarfed passersby,

 
 

whilst this lady enjoyed her moment in the sun on South Wharf.

 
 

Some colourful characters took the opportunity for a quick cat nap

 
 

whilst others thought it a nice day for a white wedding.

 
 

The zig-zagging shadows and …

Slow Stroll on a Brisk Day

Last Saturday, with several other enthusiastic snappers, I grabbed my camera and stalked the streets, laneways and arcades of a resolutely chilly Melbourne. Happily, the wintry weather caused many to delve deep into their wardrobes and bring out their brightest colours, complementing the vivid reflections we were treated to on the wet streets at the end of the night.

Centre Place was a bustling hive of activity, and our entry point into the laneway scene.

 
 

We wove our way through the Block Arcade and into the historic Royal Arcade (above), which is just a few years away from its 150th birthday.

 
 

Exquisite orchids grace various pots in the arcade,

 
 

 

where many enjoyed a good coffee and catch up.

 
 

This couple indulged in a little …

Have Camera, Will Walk

Yesterday I had the pleasure of wandering around part of the CBD and the Royal Botanic Gardens with Rhoufi, Christine and John, and although it was a rather grey day we found quite a few photo ops…

Uh oh… is that rain?

 
 

Yep – where’s a rainbow umbrella when you need one?

 
 

We checked out the comely angles of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

 
 

from underneath

 
 

and within, taking in the waiting seats

 
 

as a wonderfully red-clad lady shared the same curiosity.

 
 

It’s kind of hard to be alone in the gardens – the water birds take their roles as spies very seriously, although they’re not very good at subtlety.

 
 

A few greens added a splash of fresh colour to the day.

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Melbourne - A Winter's Afternoon

Last weekend was rather chilly down here, but as we head towards the shortest day of the year we decided it was time again to dust off our cameras and find out how the rest of Melbourne is dealing with the hostile winter weather. Claire, Parmi and I hit the streets on Sunday and found that, undeterred, plenty of Melburnians were out and about.

Before leaving the car I spotted a playful little window I couldn’t resist, and then it was off into the centre of the city.

 

First we revisited Hosier Lane, always a hive of photographic and ‘touristic’ activity, and found that they’ve finally removed the scaffolding that has been choking up the place for the past year or so (hooray), and left a headless sentry, asleep on the job.

 
Trapped in the murky world of …

SITHOM 2013: Open For Business

Almost miraculously, last night saw the successful official opening of our second Shot in the Heart of Melbourne photography exhibition in the presence of…hmm I’m not sure how many, but a very goodly number of supportive peeps, who made a lot of encouraging sounds whilst perusing the images on the walls.

After months of sizing up unexpected challenges, overcoming hurdles, tenacious determination from our beleaguered but invincible leader Rhoufi, improvisation and fixing stuff with bits of string and Hollywood tape, we actually made it up on the walls of the Victorian Artists’ Society, and the works of our 31 brilliant photographers now proudly occupy the three first-floor galleries there, looking quite splendid, and will do so until Monday the 27th of May.

We have 209 in…

An April Afternoon

Yesterday afternoon Melbourne treated us to some fabulous photowalking conditions – a little warmth, only the odd kamikaze falling leaf aiming for the eyeball and lots of luscious long shadows. With fellow SITHOM2013 exhibitors Claire and Parmi, I set out in search of a photogenic moment or two.
 
We started out in Drewery Lane, where Baucus and Philemon grace the front of Baroq House, forever embracing…
 

then headed to Chinatown, where the contrasts in light and playful shadows were quite striking.


 

Seemed to be perfect cycling weather too, or at least ideal bike-parking weather, with this little pink number just one of many cute bikes seen out and about.


 

Scores of competitors in “The Great Pursuit” poured into Paynes Place and Croft Al…

Four Seasons In One Day

Now that our record-breaking hot spell is behind us, Melbourne weather has returned to its regularly scheduled programming. On a photowalk with a few of our fabulous Shot in the Heart of Melbourne photographers yesterday I was treated to the works – a pleasant, mild start, some hot sun in the middle of the day, a cool transition and then wintry wetness. Good to know you can still count on Melbourne to be unpredictable!

 


This lady took her own spotlight with her wherever she went, or maybe that’s just the impression the beanie bestows.
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One could be forgiven for thinking it was still summer at this point, as the gold of Eureka Tower glimmered in the sunlight.
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Watching the world go by – this bloke set himself up in the Tourist Info building at Fed Square and enj…

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell Less Like Spray Paint....

Yesterday afternoon Claire and I made the most of the mild weather in Melbourne and took our Nikons out for a bit of (what proved not to be) fresh air in Rose Street and Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

The street artists were out in force adding colour to the walls and a chemical scent to the air, and the quirky and fascinating locals and visitors did their bit to stimulate the vibe in the always eccentric area.


Ever get the feeling there’s someone nipping at your (very fashionable) heels?
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The dragon is uncertain about this bloke’s choice of hat…
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Sheesh even the street signs are out to reduce this guy’s self esteem.
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That’s definitely some pretty ‘fly’ hair he’s sporting.
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Travelling in style.
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Two guys, a bike and a crumbling facade.
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140 Hours in New York City

A whirlwind tour of a city that moves at a constant pace itself (possibly via the ‘Faraway Tree’ as I’m not quite sure that this land really exists, it may have been a dream)!

First impressions of Times Square at night, shortly after landing

First stop the next day: Grand Central Terminal

then a quick peek inside New York Public Library,

after which we followed the advice of a ‘little bird’ and checked out the views from the top of the Empire State Building.

Below you can hopefully make out the new World Trade Center buildings (with cranes on top) and on the left, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island. You might even get an idea of just how tiny Lady Liberty is compared to her towering neighbours (93 metres from grou…

A Walk in the Park

We had some properly gorgeous spring weather in Melbourne on Friday, so I decided to check out the Royal Botanic Gardens to make the most of it.


This lady seemed to have the same idea, and possibly the best spot in the place.
She looks pretty engrossed in her material but I’m sure she wasn’t reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’…


Dwarfed by a grand old tree, these two enjoyed a little fresh air as they gazed out over the lake.


As did this bloke, out in the sunshine.


Gratuitous leaf shot (can’t leave a garden without one).


And some retro grass for good measure.


This duck mistook me for someone from Warner Brothers and asked me to make it a star.


Shortly after an explanation it ducked off.


Dragonflies teased me by flitting into range and hovering in place if t…