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...and a delightful day was had by all!!

Yesterday (well, actually, it’s now after 4am so technically it’s the day before yesterday… but who needs to be technical??) our merry group of Melbourne Bubblers wandered around the city with cameras in hand and spent a truly delightful day chatting to each other, learning from each other, laughing with each other and – of course – taking photographs of this fine city and its people.

The day began with coffee at Brunetti’s on Swanston Street, where John Holding had been waiting for some time after getting up at some un-Godly hour to brave a chilly and overcast dawn. We were soon joined by David Hibberd (Davo), Leanne Robson and her son Colin, and Christine Wilson.

Our first “walk-through” was Cathedral Arcade but due to the fact that there was a police station across the road, and cop cars were parked at either end, it was a challenge to get photos without reflections of blue and white checkers everywhere. We continued on to Degraves Street where John Conway, Janet Rogerson and Heather Prince were awaiting our arrival after catching the early morning train from Geelong. We took some photos in Degraves Street, and then the nine of us started heading off towards the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria).


Degraves Street detail

Davo discovered a walkway leading down under Flinders Street just as it started to rain, so Leanne, John H, Christine, Colin and I followed him down the stairs and discovered a fabulous installation of 3-dimensional artwork by Melbourne-based artist Andrew Gutteridge.


Close up of a section of Andrew Gutteridge’s installation in the open access exhibition space below Flinders Street


Close up of a section of cut-out-artwork in the open access exhibition space below Flinders Street

The nine of us eventually got to the NGV… early. Still, there were other early birds there, so we photographed them (of course)!


Outside the National Gallery of Victoria

The Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion Exhibition was fantastic. Over 200 beautifully crafted Black & White photographs, and a collection of more than 30 garments from the 1920s and ‘30s… If you’re in Melbourne between now and March 2nd, you really should go and check it out.


Photos weren’t allowed, but I took a sneaky pic of the room just so you could get a sense of what it was like…

We had made arrangements with the wonderful staff at RedBubble Headquarters to have lunch with them, and we were delighted to be met at the door by Troy and Tamarra who took us upstairs to meet Jason, Melissa, James and Neil – the Saturday Team!


The fabulous RB Saturday Team – James, Troy, Jason, Neil, Tamarra and Melissa

Thanks for the coffees and lunch, RedBubble!!


Janet Rogerson, John Conway and Heather Prince listening to Troy giving us a Red Bubble history lesson

We were treated to a tour and an introduction by Troy… and somewhere between arriving and leaving, we were joined by Larry Lingard/Davis, Harry Oldmeadow, John Fowler, Peter Hammer, Maggie Hegarty, Karen E. Camilleri and Vicki Moritz!


Janet Rogerson, John Conway, Heather Prince, Larry Lingard/Davis (in front), David Hibberd (Davo), Colin Robson, Leanne Robson John Fowler, John Holding, Troy, Tamarra, Peter Hammer, James (at back), Maggie Hegarty, Karen E. Camilleri, Neil, Christine Wilson, and Harry Oldmeadow. I’m holding the camera :)

Having prevented the lovely RB staff from doing work for far too long, it was time to continue on. Next stop: the famous Hosier Lane and less famous Rutledge Lane (right beside it). My friend Steven Arends was waiting there for us too!


A couple of boys at work in Rutledge Lane


Hosier Lane graffiti art


Hosier Lane artwork


Rutledge Lane

The Block Arcade and Royal Arcade were the next two stops on the itinerary, and we were joined by Bernard -aka Rhoufi and Sandra -aka Liza1880 and Charles Kosina


The Block Arcade


Larry Lingard/Davis and Leanne Robson in the Block Arcade


Janet Rogerson, Peter Hammer, and a spectacularly red-haired lady who posed for them in the Bourke St Mall

Davo reported that our next destination (333 Collins St) was closed, so we had a quick discussion and headed for the State Library (via Coops Leadpipe and Shot Tower at Melbourne Central)…


Coops Leadpipe and Shot Tower at Melbourne Central Station


The Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria


John Conway sharing a moment with the marble bust of some fellow (Google won’t tell me who it is!!!)

We were more than ready to put our feet up after that, so we headed down to Riverland Bar and Cafe on the Yarra for dinner and drinks. Jenni Tanner and her husband Barry joined us for the frivolity at this point :)


Janet Rogerson, Vicki Moritz, Susan (hidden), Bernard (aka Rhoufi), Heather Prince and John Conway


Barry Tanner, Colin Robson, Leanne Robson, Christine Wilson, John Holding, Peter Hammer, Charles Kosina, Jenni Tanner


Janet Rogerson, Bernard (Rhoufi), Heather Prince, Barry Tanner, Colin Robson, Leanne Robson, Christine Wilson, John Holding, Jenni Tanner, Vicki Moritz, John Conway and Sandra

Finally, the last leg of the day was sunset down at the Princes Pier and I was delighted to find Stephanie Johnson and Kylie Reid already set up and shooting the unexpectedly colourful sky. Yay!!


Princes Pier at sunset

It was a fantastic day, and I particularly want to thank those who travelled significant distances to join us from Bendigo, Mt Waverley, the Dandenongs, Mt Evelyn, Melton, Geelong, Colac and Greensborough. It wouldn’t have been anywhere near as much fun without you all!!

I promised that I’d include links to everyone’s profiles so that we can all find each other, so – in no particular order – here is the cast of characters for the day:
John Holding
Leanne Robson
David Hibberd
Christine Wilson
John Conway
Janet Rogerson
Heather Prince
Larry Lingard
Harry Oldmeadow
John Fowler
Peter Hammer
Maggie Hegarty
Karen E. Camilleri
Vicki Moritz
Steven Arends
Bernhard (aka Rhoufi)
Sandra (aka Liza 1880)
Charles Kosina
Jenni Tanner
Stephanie Johnson
Kylie Reid

Time for bed now!!!!

Apologies if I don’t have the chance to respond to comments for the next week… I’m going to be out of internet range for a while (another grand adventure!!)

Comments

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldson8 months ago

    What a grand journal entry, Mieke!! I feel like I was with you all…don’t I wish!
    Looks like Melbourne is a fabulous place for photography…and no doubt it was captured with expertise by you all!! :)

  • Hi Wendi!!
    Sorry for the delayed reply – and thank you for the comment :)
    It was a fantastic day (and a mammoth one… 8am until after 10pm!) and there were so many friendly faces! Wish you could have been with us too :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • cullodenmist
    cullodenmist8 months ago

    What a great spread.
    You put me to shame…. My apologies for leaving a bit early…
    After seeing where you ended up, I feel as though I should have stayed a bit longer…. Grrrrrrr
    .
    And what a day it was…..!
    .
    All I can say is that Broome should be proud of having you there…. I miss you already.
    .

  • Hello my friend :) :) :)
    It was so much fun to meet you and to see you in action, Larry!! What a terrific day we had. I’m sorry that you and Harry had to depart so early… we’ll just have to do it again!!
    (Sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Leanne Robson
    Leanne Robson8 months ago

    Your a legend Mieke!!!!!!!
    Thank you for all your hard work in organising the day for us to enjoy. I know we all appreciate the time put into doing this. You were like a mother hen trying to keep account of all her chicks at times……..thank goodness for advent of mobile phones.
    I am presently going through my images now and cropping, tweaking, deleting and B&Wing.
    I look forward to the next adventure….hopefully it will be in Broome
    Big hugs
    Leanne

  • Leanne, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you! And yes – I agree – it would have been an entirely different day without mobile phones!!
    Looks as though you got some great shots :)
    Thanks again for the ride home – I really appreciate it. And I’m looking forward to the next time too!!
    (I’m sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Ian English
    Ian English8 months ago

    Fabulous Mieke, what a great meet up !!!

  • Thanks, Ian! It was a terrific day!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackin8 months ago

    How absolutely wonderful Mieke! So glad there was such a great turnout! Maybe one day you can pay us a visit here in Sydney :)

  • That would be awesome!!! I haven’t been to Sydney in years… I think the last time was about 10 years ago! It’s always a real pleasure to meet RB photographers… it’d be so lovely to meet you after all this time!

    Thanks for reading the journal… and I’m sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet.

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Troy Evans
    Troy Evans8 months ago

    Wonderful! Some great captures, and so good to see folks spending time together in creative pursuits :) Well done all!

  • Thanks, Troy!! And thanks for spending time with us… it was wonderful to meet you and the rest of the team (you all rock!). It was a fantastic day and I hope there will be more of them in the future!!
    (I’m sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • rjcolby
    rjcolby8 months ago

    Thanks for the photo tour Mieke. Would rather have been able to be there, but it’s a good substitute.

  • Lol! Thanks, Dick. Wish you could’ve joined us too!!
    (I’m sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Dianne English
    Dianne English8 months ago

    Well done Miss Mieke, what a great bit of journalism !! xx

  • Thank you, Di!! I forgot to congratulate you on your recent competition successes… whoo hoo!!
    (And I’m sorry for the late reply – I only just returned from my photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • johnrf
    johnrf8 months ago

    Good morning Mieke.
    May I repeat what Leanne Robson wrote.so well.
    Although I was unable to do much more than meet you-it was a great pleasure to do so.
    This journal entry is a great tribute to your endeavours.
    Thanks Mieke.

  • Dear John, I’m so glad you could join us – it was a real pleasure to meet you, and I really appreciate you making the effort to come.
    (I’m sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Pilgrim
    Pilgrim8 months ago

    I am so, so sorry I could not be here for this. So many of my RB friends in the one place at the one time and I just happen to be somewhere else. Oh well. Just great to see the pictures and to hear the news.

  • Martin, thank you so much for arranging for us to meet Troy and the team – it was fabulous to be welcomed by such enthusiastic and passionate RB staff, and we were so grateful for the lunch and coffees!! I’m sad you couldn’t make it aswell… This is the second time I’ve been able to get to RB HQ and both times you were away!! Sigh… Ah well, one day… ;)
    (And I’m sorry for the late reply – I’ve only just returned from a week-long photographic adventure in the East Kimberley and didn’t have internet access)

    – Mieke Boynton