I’ve been trying to explore my own city recently. Partly because my schedule recently has meant I need to be close to home, but also partly because our own home is something many of us take for granted.
I’ve said to myself many times before that I should start a project exploring Melbourne and surrounding areas and now, rather unintentionally, it seems I’ve actually begun. This looks like it will be a long term thing. Something I can work on for myself in between travel and other projects. I haven’t given myself a brief to work with and don’t really intend to, but rather just want to start to capture what interests my about by city and see how it evolves. It’s exciting and relatively pressure free. I’ve started with several cityscapes from well known locations across the city. A kind of overview and way to pick off the low hanging fruit before drilling down further into neighbourhoods and daily life.
I’ll post here on how this is going every now and then as a kind of progress journal. For starters, this is one of the first images I made which I think works well as a way to set the scene.
Queens Bridge and Melbourne skyline along the Yarra River
Looking through some recent and not so recent images of MelbourneÂ for a client request, I realised that I don’t get out and shoot my home town nearly enough. Which is a shame because it is a great place to photograph with a lot of varying subjects. The city skyline, whileÂ not asÂ imposingÂ as some larger international cities, is full of interesting lines and reflections. Modern architectureÂ contrasts with heritage buildings, places like the Queen Victoria Market and various laneways buzz with activity and street art gives the CBD an edgy feel.
I put togetherÂ this small gallery of images of the city centre and surrounds, just because. I have also promised myself I will make more time to photograph Melbourne and all its variety.
City circle tram which provides free transport around Melbourne’s CBD
Water fountain and facade of Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.
Melbourne skyline and Birramung Marr.
Melbourne skyline and Birramung Marr at night.
View of Melbourne CBD at dusk
Melbourne skyline and Yarra River at night
Scooter parked in Hosier Lane, Melbourne.
Food hall at Queen Victoria Market
Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne
Centre Place, Melbourne, lined with cafes and fashionable boutiques.
Chinese bakery in Chinatown in Melbourne central business district
People gathering at Federation Square, Melbourne at night
Yarra River and Southbank Melbourne at dusk
Shoppers in Block Arcade, Melbourne
Pedestrian passing a shopfront display in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne’s city centre.