Tag Archives: Street Photography

Finlay Alley, a secret dark laneway

I found an old map of the various street art alleys and laneways. Over the last few weeks I have been checking several of these old sites for any new works. Many of the map’s sites are gone now, the laneways still exist but the sides are new tower blocks for student and cheaper apartment housing. One gem that I did find full of interesting large murals was Finlay Alley –  an alley, that doglegs into a dark covered lane. There is a new block going up soon on one of the perimeters and hopefully the site won’t be altered too much

Street Art, Finlay Alley, Melbourne CBD

Street Art, Finlay Alley, Melbourne CBD

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Melbourne Laneways: Flinders Crt

Another great street art laneway, Flinders Crt is located near the Elizabeth St entrance of Flinders St Train Station. It has some large interesting pieces with vivid colours. A recent council project has seen the whole laneway repainted by local artists. Talking to one of the organisers, it is part of an initiative to keep the laneways active and a vibrant part of the visitors experience  – it also has an interesting byproduct of keeping the less desirable aspects (alcohol and drugs abuse culture) of a large city minimised.

Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

A favorite piece

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Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

A large Panorama – click to see enlarged

 

Melbourne Laneways: Croft Alley Street Art

A lunchtime walk to Croft Alley in Chinatown always provides new and amazing artwork and some interesting aromas coming from the bins from the restaurants…I reckon I can pick the various laneways blind-folded from the smell – but I am not sure how that could be tested. On this occasion the walls had been freshly repainted as part of a city wide refresh project sponsored by the City Council.

Street Art, Croft Alley, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Street Art, Croft Alley, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art, Croft Alley, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Presgrave Place: An Artists Laneway

There is an historical covered laneway off Little Bourke St, called Howey Place and running from Howey is Presgrave Place. Along the left hand side of Presgrave  are many pieces of street art in the form of installations, paste-ups, stickers and framed original drawing and paintings. I visit every few days to see what has been newly added to the walls. Soon after my first visit to the Lane, much of the art was destroyed or stolen but it did not take very long for the artists to replace or put up new pieces. I have actually found many of these artists in other laneways around Melbourne and have slowly started to identify their work/style.

Street Art in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Street Art in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Aerial work by Kranky

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Street Art in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street Art in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Another piece by Kranky

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Street Art in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Hosier Lane Street Art – March 2016 Updates

Hosier Lane in March saw some interesting murals and great colours, with more characters portrayed than portraits.

Street art, Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Street art, Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Hosier Lane Street Art – February 2016 Updates Part 2

Part 2 of February’s Hosier Lane Updates…some elaborate colourful pieces were the highlight of the second half of Feb 2016 .

Street art, Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Street art, Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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 Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Street art, Hosier Lane , Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Hosier Lane Street Art – February 2016 Updates Part 1

Catching up on February’s Hosier Lane Updates…some great portraits appeared by Mimby Jones Robinson as well as a few witty comments and some large colourful pieces.

Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Mimby Jones Robinson Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Mimby Jones Robinson Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Mimby Jones Robinson Street Art, Hosier Lane

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Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Busker in Hosier Lane

Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Busker

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Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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Hosier Lane – January 2016 Updates

After Xmas holidays came to an end earlier this year, I was back at work and spending lunchtimes checking out the CBD street art scene again. I have taken a number of shots in the last few months and thought I had better catch-up with posting them. As usual there were some fine pieces along the walls of Hosier and Rutledge Lanes. Highlights were the portraits and the abstracts…

Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD,

Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD,

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Street Art, Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD,

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Wrdsmth visits Melbourne

Wrdsmth is a LA based street artist with an interesting poetic style. Like Banksy he prefers to remain anonymous – though photos indicate that he is male. He visited Melbourne for the first time last year and after being impressed by the local street scene decided to leave his own mark, a series of clever and insightful words of wisdom pasted up and stencilled around the CBD, Fitzroy and St Kilda. I kept seeing them around town and thought I would photograph a few before they all disappeared.

Literally, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Literally, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Pay it forward, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Pay it forward, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Miss You, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Miss You, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Time Machine, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Time Machine, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Destiny, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Destiny, Wrdsmth, Melbourne CBD

Melbourne Laneways: P-stain Alley Pt2

There are so many good murals in this series of Alleys and Laneways I thought I would break the post into two parts.

Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD (a favourite)

Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

 P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

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Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

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Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

Another Favourite – not sure what I see here…a great abstract

Melbourne Laneways: Another art filled laneway

Didn’t want to name this one in the title –  it is another informally named lane: Piss-stain Alley. It is a group of small alleys and lanes chock full of interesting pieces well away from the usual areas of street art on public display but still in the CBD.

Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

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Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

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Street Art, P-Stain Alley, Melbourne CBD,

Trump Protest Art

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Melbourne Laneways: Blender Lane Stencil Art

Exploring Blender Lane recently I met a couple of the local studio artists who gave me a bit of a history of the laneway. One of the little nuggets of information that they gave me (maybe true maybe not) was that the end of the laneway was the 2nd oldest stencil art street gallery in the world – the oldest was the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Blender Lane is extensively layered with years of stencils with some very nice pieces that have to be picked out amongst the colour and chaos…

Stencil Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

Stencil Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Stencil Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Melbourne Laneways: Blender Lane

I have been following a number of artists and photographers on Instagram that I have met in the various Laneways and in one post I had noticed a reference to their favourite spot. It was to a Laneway that I had not heard of so after a bit of research, I found Blender Lane. It turns out it is actually an unnamed alley that the locals have named. It is short and has good quality art work along its sidesand at the end of it there is a covered car that is kept there by one of the local artists that has a studio nearby.

Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

Gina the Hutt (protest art), Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

Street Art, Blender Lane

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Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Street Art, Blender Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Melbourne Laneways: ACDC Lane May updates

After  a few weeks break I found that whole laneways had been resprayed. I quickly explored and photographed as many as I could before the work was over-sprayed or tagged. Some of the best was found in ACDC Lane off Flinders Lane.

Streetart ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD

Streetart, ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Streetart ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Streetart ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD

Entrance to the famous Cherry Bar

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Streetart ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Street Art with a soundtrack

While exploring the backstreets and laneways looking for new street art, I have been finding some very good buskers. I had great background music while photographing a stunning new piece in Degraves Place off Degraves Street. The guitarist was very good. Further along I listened to a trio of musicians – The Collingwood Casanovas…

Degraves Place Street Art, Melbourne CBD

Very colourful Degraves Place street art, Melbourne CBD

Degraves Street Busker, Melbourne CBD

Degraves Street Guitarist

Buskers in Centre Place, Melbourne CBD

Buskers in Centre Place off Flinders Lane