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Deconstruction by Andrew Paranavitana

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The old Elwood Pier, St Kilda. This old boat ramp was left for dead and slowly became a relic to the beach. In late 2010, it was pulled down and is no longer seen. Few of us went back to this beach a year after this shoot and searched for this pier again. It took us about 10 minutes to work out it was no more!

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Canon 50D
18 – 55, 58mm + Macro Filter
Ansco Rediflex Viewfinder
Home Made Contraption

Original RAW file converted in Photoshop CS5. No textures or layers. Cropped and edited in Photoshop CS5.


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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • Michael A. Morrison
    Michael A. Mor...almost 3 years ago

    Andrew, I love this! timeless, like a mysterious message in a bottle…………great mood & intriguing story created here, hope your well : )

  • Hey Mikey! Thanks a lot mate. Great observation with the message in a bottle connection, spot on! I never saw it from that angle. I’ve been good mate, just so busy at the moment! Hope you’ve been well too. Overdue catch up!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    How sad that it has gone…..
    Great image of a piece of history Andrew…..Love the effect of your ‘home made contraption’!!!!

  • It was a sad day when we realised it was gone! Thanks so much, Carol. TTV shots are so much fun :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • micklyn
    micklynalmost 3 years ago

    Love the gritty, grungy feel to this moody capture!

  • Thanks so much, Micklyn!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • 1more photo
    1more photoalmost 3 years ago

    this is the world I dream of !!!!!

  • Ahh, you and me both! Thanks, my friend :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    So cool Andrew!! Love it!! :)

  • Thanks mate, that’s great to hear! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 3 years ago

    So great Andrew. Fabulous

  • Thanks very much, Donna!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 3 years ago

    Wow…what a contraption Parmi. And what an image…reminds me of a glass paperweight or the picture from an ancient, beat up TV. So cool.

  • Ah, that’s an awesome connection to make with this one. I’ve heard fishbowl before, but this is a new one, love it!! Thanks mate, it’s a fun yet slightly frustrating way to shoot! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ian English
    Ian Englishalmost 3 years ago

    Wow Andrew, how unusually fabulous !! Read your contraption journal with great interest. Looking forward to more images from this set up – well done mate !!!!!

  • Ian, thanks very much mate! I really enjoy this technique, just don’t get to create with it as often as I’d like to. Really rewarding when it finally comes together and works! Many thanks, mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewalmost 3 years ago

    Very well done…I like the almost Apocalyptic feel…or maybe that’s just my feeling. Great photo, regardless!

  • Totally agree, that ominous sky and worn down pier.. I got the same feeling when I was editing. Thanks very much :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • doubleblind
    doubleblindalmost 3 years ago

    Another part of a documentation-film found in a bottle, drifted over the ocean for many years…
    full of poetry!

  • Ah, you bring such amazing words to my work. Very grateful for that, thank you!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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