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High-rise apartments rail against the blue and
cloud-filled sky;
crowding out the light,
blocking what once we could see,
stealing everything that once was free;
converting into a film strip,
each sprocket hole a cave,
each crib different from the next, only
by three metres of vertical space, and
the prints on its walls.


architecture, rhoufi, high rise, docklands, melbourne, sky

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 2 years ago


  • Up close you can see partying on the wind-swept balconies.

    Sky Cribs 2 – Life Style

    – Rhoufi

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful photo, Rhoufi. It’s a very powerful statement of what we can’t see!

  • Thank you Jan. It’s just down along the River near the Webb Footbridge almost to Docklands.

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasover 2 years ago

    and down below , all walk in shadow and shade and wonder why their hearts cannot feel any joy.
    this is a graphic depiction of the numbing down of a race of people—Humans and is so very sad
    because many, many do not even crave the light, any more. Just keep their heads to the grindstone and work, work work….
    You words and your shot are very apt together. And it does look like sprocket holes.
    Love the azure-ness of the sky and those beautiful clouds.
    Miighty fine seeing, you

  • Hi Sass, our future.. here today… gone tomorrow (please no!). But we can remember when buildings stopped at 3 floors and the grindstones went silent at lunchtime… take me back! Can you see a brighter future dear Oracle? ;-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 2 years ago

    I love these dark, seductive, yet rather monstrous shapes against the beautiful, rich sky. Great words too R – wonder if the film contains any morals…?

  • Morals? Doubt it ;-) I wonder what life must be like all the way up there: raising your glass to someone on the balcony opposite; never knowing them, never speaking to them on the ground; using sign language across the void (“wonder what the weather’s like on the ground” – “oh I wouldn’t know, haven’t been down for ages”); pizza delivery by hot air balloon; delivering love letters across the void with a remote controlled model helicopter;….. I think I should stop now and have a lie down… thanks for your visit Georgie ;-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 2 years ago

    I think I know where you mean . . . I thought it had a vaguely familiar look although I’ve probably only seen it from a car driving past! I have to go into the city sometime in the next couple of weeks so, maybe if I get my derrière into gear early enough, I’ll be able to go and have a look!!!!

  • It was the first time I had walked down that way, and even though there had been so many photos on RB of Webb Bridge I had never even seen it. So it was a bit of a revelation to see what the mad developers have been doing down there (both good and bad). Always plenty to see in the city for a photgrapher. Thank you for your comments.

    – Rhoufi

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 2 years ago

    Amazing graphic work Rhoufi… a perfect illustration of the unreasonable pretentiousness of our civilization !!

  • Are you familiar with the sub-text of the english phrase “who do we think we are?” When I see such pretentious constructions and know of the avarice driving their erection, this is the phrase that comes to mind every time “just who the hell, do we think we are?” I’m sure you feel the same. Thank you cher Dominique.

    – Rhoufi

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 2 years ago

    Fantastic, it reminds me of a giant zipper!

  • Yes! That too! A giant zipper or a movie film. Thanks Andrew

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 2 years ago

    A zipper to the sky! :^) Great graphic shot!
    Hope all goes well with you :^))

  • Hi V, it sort of jumps out at you doesn’t it? Thank you. I have been having break from RB, as you can tell by the late reply. Sometimes you need a bit more solitude. OK now and I’m trying to catch up. How about you, down there on the holiday coast!!! ;-))

    – Rhoufi

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Joe :-)

    – Rhoufi

  • kate18a
    kate18aabout 2 years ago

    Clever image, clever words. I really like ‘each sprocket hole a cave’


  • Thank you Kate – the resemblance to a film strip was so striking :-)

    – Rhoufi

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