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Block Arcade - Melbourne by Ian English

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Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade experience in the centre of Melbourne but going back a hundred years it was the “place to be seen”.

The arcade which was erected between 1891 and 1893 was designed by architect David C. Askew whose brief was to produce something similar to the Galleria Vittoria in Milan. The result was one of Melbourne’s most richly decorated interior spaces, replete with mosaic tiled flooring, glass canopy, wrought iron and carved stone finishings. The exterior façade of the six storey office has near identical facades on Collins and Elizabeth Streets and is one of Australia’s best surviving examples of the Victorian Mannerist style.

The arcade was formerly known as “Carpenter’s Lane”, however the precinct was widely known as “The Block”. Once the works were complete, local shopkeepers successfully petitioned to have it changed to its present name.

It runs in an L shape from Collins St through to Elizabeth St.

Nikon D700 14-24 f2.8 handheld
ISO 200 f4 @21mm 1/80th sec

5 image HDR +/-1 stop processed in Photomatix Pro

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I’m a Sydney based photographer. Photographic interests are the outdoors, people, action, HDR and creative works as well as pretty much everything I guess.

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  • adamcurrey
    adamcurreyalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous place, well captured.

  • Thank you Adam

    – Ian English

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigalmost 5 years ago

    This is really stunning!

  • Thanks Steffi, it is quite a spectacular place!

    – Ian English

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thanks a lot Bob

    – Ian English

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurralmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture Ian.

  • Thanks very much Gary

    – Ian English

  • Daidalos
    Daidalosalmost 5 years ago

    Wow great work

  • Hi Alex, thank you for looking and your kind comment.

    – Ian English

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 5 years ago

  • Cheers Polly

    – Ian English

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks again Richard

    – Ian English

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous image Ian, great and delicate detail

  • Thanks so much Dance

    – Ian English

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    I initially thought art deco , but was wrong , good shot Ian … no security guards chasing you out lol

  • Thanks Philip. Not a security guard in sight the whole time we were in Melbourne. Loved Melbourne – so different from Sydney (which I love also!!)

    – Ian English

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    ps who won the football?

  • My team was thrashed but won yesterday when we weren’t there. lol

    – Ian English

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