This little gem was no more that a two min walk from the old apartment we lived in. It took me probably a year before I ventured inside and realised the joy of wandering mere minutes down the road for a cup of coffee (duh!).
Often good things are just around the corner, literally and figuratively, just got to get out there and give it a go. I have been really inspired lately by people who have said they are going to do something and then just gave it a go! Less talk and more action.
I am learning that sometimes success is giving something a go, regardless of the outcome.
The idea of a sky scraper still blows my mind. Basically a whole bunch of people stacked on top of each other, with just some concrete and maybe a bit of steel and glass keeping them from literally standing on top of each other.
These photos were all taken on the same day while I wandered around Melbourne. It really stood out to me that there were these beautiful, old brick buildings sandwiched between big, impressive skyscrapers.
Both are beautiful in their own way, and I think that having both is part of what makes Melbourne what it is. You have the buzz of the future – progress and opportunity, but there is also the warmth and beauty of the past to balance it out.
I love them both, however I am drawn to the atmosphere of the older buildings. I often wonder what those old bricks have seen over the years. Imagine for a moment how things would have changed in the time they have stood on that street.
Maybe that is what makes them feel so good to be around, sort of like a grandparent – a warm old soul with plenty of stories to share.
I don’t know what it is, but going to the beach is a real mood lifter. Whatever the weather you will find me with a big grin on my face as soon as I can see the coastline. If only I could surf! Think of the joy!
Most weekends lately we have been day tripping to “the real coast”. If you live in Melbourne you know what I mean, and if you don’t – well Melbourne is right on the water, but “the water” is a huge bay (imagine a big lake – no surf!). We love swimming in the bay, having a float around but nothing beats the wild Victorian coastlines.
These photos were taken a few years ago near Phillip Island. It was one of the first weekends that we escaped the hustle of the city. I’m thinking it must have been winter, as it is rare that Dan rugs up so much (he is a shorts all year round kinda guy!).
Time is a strange thing, it passes, some things change, others remain the same. As I sit here thinking about my upcoming birthday, I have ended up back at this space that has not been changed/updated in two years (my bad!). I am a little different to the person that wrote these posts from two years ago, I’ve learnt a few things but at the core, I am still very much the same.
Its a weird feeling when you read an old letter or a find an old journal, I always imagine myself writing that particular letter/post/journal entry and wanting to somehow tell myself what is coming up! Then I think forward and know that one day I will think that about this very post, yet the future to me right now is a mystery.
That time travellin’ feeling is also what I love about shooting film, there are places, moments, emotions and time itself wound up on rolls of film in my fridge that I am yet to see, something old that when developed will also be new to my eyes.
These photos are from when my gal pal Amie was here in Melbourne YEARS ago, (maybe three). They are shots of time we spent in a few stores, one coincidentally is a shop where you buy new things, the other an old secondhand shop where there is a little more time collected on the shelves. Look at all those clocks!
Do you enjoy the mystery of the future, or if you could would you rather tell your old self what they are in for?
Starting with a bang, one of the first days out of the house she got a tattoo and I got my nose pierced (I’m so brave, I know…haha). Have captured the last moments of Anna with tattoo-free skin and the brave face while getting needled. There are no nose piercing pictures (no spectators allowed apparently – they often pass out?), but I can assure you I only cried from one eye.
After that we headed off for coffee, of course. The coffee shop pictured is none other than Thousand Pound Bend – where I drop off rolls of film for Hillvale to develop – home away from home. I am still figuring out how to get the light in here, but I like the dark, cozy vibe of these images.
Sometimes with a roll of film, you forget exactly what you have shot. I knew there were more photos from the time spent with Amie in the city, but I forgot where or what they would look like. When developed I remembered days and times I had previously forgotten – the beauty of a photograph, and the mystery of film. I love that it is not instant.
Some of the photos are of Amie in the window of a coffeeshop somewhere around Flinder’s Lane, she reminded me of the time we spent here, hours just watching Melbourne walk on by. It often dawns on me (as it did sitting there on that day) while people watching (non-creepy people watching) – that my thoughts are not the only ones there are, people may have thoughts very different to mine and we are all within a similar space, but don’t necessarily know each other, and may not even EVER hold a conversation.Whoa.Too deep?
Anyway there are also some photos of trams – no Melbourne experience is complete without them and a few pictures at the local “Japanese Takeaway” (thats the name of it).Yum.
Where is your favourite spot to people watch? (In a non-creepy way..)
There is nothing like having a visitor arrive on your doorstep from across the ocean. Especially when that visitor happens to be one of those friends that you somehow understand, telepathically (well mostly anyway, haha). It doesn’t matter how long it was since you saw each other last, it just works.
Wandering became a daily occurrence and there was also a lot of coffee – we are in Melbourne after all.
I have mixed emotions about Autumn, love the crunchy leaves, don’t love that it is the furthest season from Summer! When Autumn rolls around, I am reminded that the warm days are THREE whole seasons away. That being said, I do love the pace of life that Autumn brings, most of these photos were taken while walking in the park, hot coffee in hand.
I took the first image on a different day, on the way to the markets.
I finally got another roll developed with the guys at Hillvale in Brunswick (highly recommended!). Most of what I have got left to develop are now black and white rolls, which I am thinking of developing myself – stay tuned.
These photos are from a recent weekend in St Kilda. It has to be one of my favorite spots in the city, there is a vibrancy and life here that I love, plenty of cake shops and bookstores. There is the bay nearby as well which is always a bonus.
On this particular weekend there was a skate comp on, managed to miss anything interesting and got there only in time for prize giving, bummed. There was still a buzz, so we hung around for a while and then headed to the beach for a stroll, somewhere along the way there was the old car getting fuel.