Category Archives: Architecture

Looking for treasure in monochrome….

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

Higson Lane, Melbourne CBD

MJ Bale, George Parade, Melbourne CBD.

MJ Bale, George Parade, Melbourne CBD.

Melbourne Club Wall

Melbourne Club Wall – woman are only allowed on one side of this wall…

Melbourne Club Wall

Melbourne Club Wall

Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Job Warehouse, Bourke St, Melbourne CBD

Job Warehouse, Bourke St, Melbourne CBD

Pellegrinis, Melbourne CBD

Pellegrini’s, Melbourne CBD

A beautiful space to study…

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, 11 May 2015

State Library, Melbourne CBD

State Library, Melbourne CBD, 11 May 2015

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State Library, Melbourne CBD, 11 May 2015

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Croft Alley: a colourful, hidden gem

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.)

Chinatown BW, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

Paynes Place, Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

Croft Alley Chinatown

Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Croft Alley Chinatown, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Urban Melbourne: Laneways, Decay & Colour

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, 27 April 2015

Urban Decay, Melbourne CBD – off Bourke St

Urban Decay, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

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Turn any corner in a laneway and you could find colourful street art..

Graffiti dog, Melbourne CBD, 27 April 2015

Graffiti dog, Melbourne CBD