A recent sunny lunchtime found me wandering the back streets and laneways looking for interesting shots of old Melbourne.
I find that converting the image to black and white removes the clutter of modern colours and distractions and allows me to see the old bones.
Higson Lane, Melbourne CBD
MJ Bale, George Parade, Melbourne CBD.
Melbourne Club Wall – woman are only allowed on one side of this wall…
Melbourne Club Wall
Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD
Job Warehouse, Bourke St, Melbourne CBD
Pellegrini’s, Melbourne CBD
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The State Library reading room has to be one of the best spots in the CBD to sit and study. It is also a good place to photograph from one of the many nooks on the several floors above the main room. I have been here a number of times to view the galleries, the art, and to watch people study.
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State Library, Melbourne CBD
Paynes Place is a nondescript, bin strewn laneway in Melbourne’s China-Town off Little Bourke St. There is however a large mural at the end of the lane. Turning the corner, a small walkway called Croft Alley leads you down past restaurant back doors and overflowing, smelly rubbish bins to wonderful walls of ever-changing street art with amazing colours. Turning another corner, and walking to the very end, you find the entrance to strange bar with a science lab theme called the Croft Institute. There is quite a bit of intact art in Croft Alley without the crowds that often fill up the more famous Hosiers Lane. ( I still haven’t had a good look at Hosiers due to a fashion shoot, a TV presenter filming, tour groups and an impromptu macarena dance outbreak with about 50 people.)
Paynes Place, Chinatown, Melbourne CBD
Croft Alley Chinatown
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Across the road from where I now work are many laneways leading into and around Melbourne’s Chinatown District. While the street facade can be newer and full of shops, the side lanes leading to the backstreets can expose the history and patina of the older buildings. This is the historical, original side of Melbourne I quite enjoy trying to find. My lunchtimes are now spent exploring the laneways and looking above the street level. While there are not many birds, there are many other interesting subjects to find.
Urban Decay, Melbourne CBD – off Bourke St
Urban Decay II
Turn any corner in a laneway and you could find colourful street art..
Graffiti dog, Melbourne CBD
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