Degraves  Espresso, Degraves Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia by © Helen Chierego

Degraves Espresso, Degraves Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia by 

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Degraves Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

I used to go to a disco in this street many moons ago. I wondered whether it was through that doorway and downstairs to the basement. I remember seeing Stevie Wright’s band the Easybeats play there. Maybe someone could enlighten me on where it was.

The street has changed so much over the years but was always interesting. I remember a great cake shop with Viennese style cakes (delicious cheesecake) and a place that I could buy vegetarian food-that was in the late sixties-for those who remember. ha ha ha!
Later CAE art classes with Mirka Mora… I took my son ‘cause he didn’t want to go to school one day. I’m sure he learned more there that day than he would have at school.

My mother and grandmother (and I suppose great-grandmother) always had a love of the little lanes and streets of Melbourne and we would always walk up Degraves street and cross Flinders Lane meander through Block Arcade for a look at the design on the mosaic floor…then on to the ‘must see’ Royal Arcade to look at Gog and Magog with the clock. Then off the gallery that used to be housed along with the museum in the State Library of Victoria building in Swanston street…later in St Kilda road.

Yesterday to continue that tradition I took my grandaughter through these streets and then we went to the galleries at Fed Square and then St Kilda road. At 3 and a half – she loved those places as I’ve no doubt that Melbourne is singing in her blood. The family has been here since 1856! Looks like we are here to stay!!!

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Helen Chierego is a traditional/digital artist who has adapted traditional art skills to new technology. Her preferred tools are Corel Painter, Photoshop; a stylus and graphics tablet. Helen takes on a limited number of portrait commissions each year. For enquiries regarding licensing images or commissions, she can be contacted via Bubblemail. All images in Helen Chierego’s portfolio are copyright protected and only available for authorized use.

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  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    Great capture…….

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 6 years ago

    This is a great capture.

  • Elana, thank you!

    – © Helen Chierego

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 6 years ago

    I love this shot and the finish wonderful .

  • Kathryn, thank you for the feedback. Always nice to know if something workds from another viewer’s point of view.

    – © Helen Chierego

  • Ted Byrne
    Ted Byrneover 6 years ago

    So a guy says to me, “Ted, if an image is legible, does anything else matter?” And I wonder what he meant. Until I see an image like this and I understand that it is created out of idea and feeling. And my imagination is transported right into both of those things. And as my feelings and ideas that it generates… as they become clear… legible.. Hey! I understand what he meant.

    Thanks for helping me with that Helen in this wonderful image.

  • Ted you write superb comments and you have a unique way of seeing and describing what is below the surface of an image. Not everyone can do that and it never ceases to surprise me when it happens. So thank you for telling me what you see. You are a rare gem. Cheers Helen xox

    – © Helen Chierego

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 5 years ago

    This is a lovely image and I would be very happy if you would add it to my group Tables and Chairs

  • madvlad
    madvladover 5 years ago

    good framing, seeing is it in photography,or your in your game nice shot

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoover 5 years ago

    …madvlad (I love saying your name…even to myself) …just an accidental capture and it worked…

  • madvlad
    madvladover 5 years ago

    rather then the night hawks this is the day owl?its a wonderful art work,of real life as it sits,you have done so much work here,that is worth staying a while and looking n looking more

  • heznel
    heznelover 5 years ago

    please consider entering this challenge LINK

  • Heather,thank you…I will be right over…

    – © Helen Chierego

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    fantastic image,,, love the mood,,, I havent been to Degraves street in ages,,, time to go down,,, well done Helen

  • Wendy, yes time to saunter down the lanes of our city with your camera in hand…so much to see…
    I never tire of the beauty and grungyness of the lanes…

    – © Helen Chierego

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