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springthorpe ceiling cropped
Made by gervo1865_2 - LJ Gervasoni
The ceiling of the springthorpe memorial ... glorious light Available for purchase from www.ballaratheritage.com.au VHR - springthorpe Statement of Significance What is significant? The Springthorpe Memorial within the Boroondara Cemetery (VHR0049)commemorates Annie Springthorpe, and was erected in 1897 by her husband Dr John Springthorpe. It was designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear and includes Bertram Mackennal sculptures. It contains twelve columns of deep green granite from Scotland supporting a Harcourt granite superstructure, and a glass dome roof of lead lighting. How is it significant? The Springthorpe Memorial is of historic and architectural significance to the State of Victoria Why is it significant? The Springthorpe Memorial is historically important in demonstrating nineteenth century social and cultural attitudes to death, and for reflecting the ideals of the Victorian Garden Cemetery movement which aimed at providing comfort for mourners. The memorial is important in demonstrating uniqueness, no other example being known of such aesthetic composition, architectural design and execution, or scale. It is important in exhibiting good design and aesthetic characteristics and for the richness and unusual integration of features. The Springthorpe Memorial is also important in illustrating the principal characteristics of the work of a number of artists including Desbrowe Annear, Mackennal, the glass manufacturers Auguste Fischer and the bronze work of Marriots. VHR Statement of Significance What is significant? Boroondara Cemetery, established in 1858, is within an unusual triangular reserve bounded by High Street, Park Hill Road and Victoria Park, Kew. The caretaker's lodge and administrative office (1860 designed by Charles Vickers, additions, 1866-1899 by Albert Purchas) form a picturesque two-storey brick structure with a slate roof and clock tower. A rotunda or shelter (1890, Albert Purchas) is located in the centre of the cemetery: this has an octagonal hipped roof with fish scale slates and a decorative brick base with a tessellated floor and timber seating. The cemetery is surrounded by a 2.7 metre high ornamental red brick wall (1895-96, Albert Purchas) with some sections of vertical iron palisades between brick pillars. Albert Purchas was a prominent Melbourne architect who was the Secretary of the Melbourne General Cemetery from 1852 to 1907 and Chairman of the Boroondara Cemetery Board of Trustees from 1867 to 1909. He made a significant contribution to the design of the Boroondara Cemetery Boroondara Cemetery is an outstanding example of the Victorian Garden Cemetery movement in Victoria, retaining key elements of the style, despite overdevelopment which has obscured some of the paths and driveways. Elements of the style represented at Boroondara include an ornamental boundary fence, a system of curving paths which are kerbed and follow the site's natural contours, defined views, recreational facilities such as the rotunda, a landscaped park like setting, sectarian divisions for burials, impressive monuments, wrought and cast iron grave surrounds and exotic symbolic plantings. In the 1850s cemeteries were located on the periphery of populated areas because of concerns about diseases like cholera. They were designed to be attractive places for mourners and visitors to walk and contemplate. Typically cemeteries were arranged to keep religions separated and this tended to maintain links to places of origin, reflecting a migrant society. Other developments included cast iron entrance gates, built in 1889 to a design by Albert Purchas; a cemetery shelter or rotunda, built in 1890, which is a replica of one constructed in the Melbourne General Cemetery in the same year; an ornamental brick fence erected in 1896-99(?); the construction and operation of a terminus for a horse tram at the cemetery gates during 1887-1915; and the Springthorpe Memorial built between 1897 and 1907. A brick cremation wall and a memorial rose garden were constructed near the entrance in the mid- twentieth century(c.1955-57) and a mausoleum completed in 2001.The maintenance shed/depot close to High Strett was constructed in 1987. The original entrance was altered in 2000 and the original cast iron gates moved to the eastern entrance of the Mausoleum. The Springthorpe Memorial (VHR 522) set at the entrance to the burial ground commemorates Annie Springthorpe, and was erected between 1897 and 1907 by her husband Dr John Springthorpe. It was the work of the sculptor Bertram Mackennal, architect Harold Desbrowe Annear, landscape designer and Director of the Melbourne Bortanic Gardens, W.R. Guilfoyle, with considerable input from Dr Springthorpe The memorial is in the form of a small temple in a primitive Doric style. It was designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear and includes Bertram Mackennal sculptures in Carrara marble. Twelve columns of deep green granite from Scotland support a Harcourt granite superstructure. The roof by Brooks Robinson is a coloured glass dome, which sits within the rectangular form and behind the pediments. The sculptural group raised on a dais, consists of the deceased woman lying on a sarcophagus with an attending angel and mourner. The figure of Grief crouches at the foot of the bier and an angel places a wreath over Annie's head, symbolising the triumph of immortal life over death. The body of the deceased was placed in a vault below. The bronze work is by Marriots of Melbourne. Professor Tucker of the University of Melbourne composed appropriate inscriptions in English and archaic Greek lettering.. The floor is a geometric mosaic and the glass dome roof is of Tiffany style lead lighting in hues of reds and pinks in a radiating pattern. The memorial originally stood in a landscape triangular garden of about one acre near the entrance to the cemetery. However, after Dr Springthorpe's death in 1933 it was found that transactions for the land had not been fully completed so most of it was regained by the cemetery. A sundial and seat remain. The building is almost completely intact. The only alteration has been the removal of a glass canopy over the statuary and missing chains between posts. The Argus (26 March 1933) considered the memorial to be the most beautiful work of its kind in Australia. No comparable buildings are known. The Syme Memorial (1908) is a memorial to David Syme, political economist and publisher of the Melbourne Age newspaper. The Egyptian memorial designed by architect Arthur Peck is one of the most finely designed and executed pieces of monumental design in Melbourne. It has a temple like form with each column having a different capital detail. These support a cornice that curves both inwards and outwards. The tomb also has balustradings set between granite piers which create porch spaces leading to the entrance ways. Two variegated Port Jackson Figs are planted at either end. The Cussen Memorial (VHR 2036) was constructed in 1912-13 by Sir Leo Cussen in memory of his young son Hubert. Sir Leo Finn Bernard Cussen (1859-1933), judge and member of the Victorian Supreme Court in 1906. was buried here. The family memorial is one of the larger and more impressive memorials in the cemetery and is an interesting example of the 1930s Gothic Revival style architecture. It takes the form of a small chapel with carvings, diamond shaped roof tiles and decorated ridge embellishing the exterior. By the 1890s, the Boroondara Cemetery was a popular destination for visitors and locals admiring the beauty of the grounds and the splendid monuments. The edge of suburban settlement had reached the cemetery in the previous decade. Its Victorian garden design with sweeping curved drives, hill top views and high maintenance made it attractive. In its Victorian Garden Cemetery design, Boroondara was following an international trend. The picturesque Romanticism of the Pere la Chaise garden cemetery established in Paris in 1804 provided a prototype for great metropolitan cemeteries such as Kensal Green (1883) and Highgate (1839) in London and the Glasgow Necropolis (1831). Boroondara Cemetery was important in establishing this trend in Australia. The cemetery's beauty peaked with the progressive completion of the spectacular Springthorpe Memorial between 1899 and 1907. From about the turn of the century, the trustees encroached on the original design, having repeatedly failed in attempts to gain more land. The wide plantations around road boundaries, grassy verges around clusters of graves in each denomination, and most of the landscaped surround to the Springthorpe memorial are now gone. Some of the original road and path space were resumed for burial purposes. The post war period saw an increased use of the Cemetery by newer migrant groups. The mid- to late- twentieth century monuments were often placed on the grassed edges of the various sections and encroached on the roadways as the cemetery had reached the potential foreseen by its design. These were well tended in comparison with Victorian monuments which have generally been left to fall into a state of neglect. The Boroondara Cemetery features many plants, mostly conifers and shrubs of funerary symbolism, which line the boundaries, road and pathways, and frame the cemetery monuments or are planted on graves. The major plantings include an impressive row of Bhutan Cypress (Cupressus torulosa), interplanted with Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum), and a few Pittosporum crassifolium, along the High Street and Parkhill Street, where the planting is dominated by Sweet Pittosporum. Planting within the cemetery includes rows and specimen trees of Bhutan Cypress and Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), including a row with alternate plantings of both species. The planting includes an unusual squat form of an Italian Cypress. More of these trees probably lined the cemetery roads and paths. Also dominating the cemetery landscape near the Rotunda is a stand of 3 Canary Island Pines (Pinus canariensis), a Bunya Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii) and a Weeping Elm (Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii') Amongst the planting are the following notable conifers: a towering Bunya Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii), a Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), a rare Golden Funeral Cypress (Chamaecyparis funebris 'Aurea'), two large Funeral Cypress (Chamaecyparis funebris), and the only known Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta) in a cemetery in Victoria. The Cemetery records, including historical plans of the cemetery from 1859, are held by the administration and their retention enhances the historical significance of the Cemetery. How is it significant? Boroondara Cemetery is of aesthetic, architectural, scientific (botanical) and historical significance to the State of Victoria. Why is it significant? The Boroondara Cemetery is of historical and aesthetic significance as an outstanding example of a Victorian garden cemetery. The Boroondara Cemetery is of historical significance as a record of Victorian life from the 1850s, and the early settlement of Kew. It is also significant for its ability to demonstrate, through the design and location of the cemetery, attitudes towards burial, health concerns and the importance placed on religion, at the time of its establishment. The Boroondara Cemetery is of architectural significance for the design of the gatehouse or sexton's lodge and cemetery office (built in stages from 1860 to 1899), the ornamental brick perimeter fence and elegant cemetery shelter to the design of prominent Melbourne architects, Charles Vickers (for the original 1860 cottage) and Albert Purchas, cemetery architect and secretary from 1864 to his death in 1907. The Boroondara Cemetery has considerable aesthetic significance which is principally derived from its tranquil, picturesque setting; its impressive memorials and monuments; its landmark features such as the prominent clocktower of the sexton's lodge and office, the mature exotic plantings, the decorative brick fence and the entrance gates; its defined views; and its curving paths. The Springthorpe Memorial (VHR 522), the Syme Memorial and the Cussen Memorial (VHR 2036), all contained within the Boroondara Cemetery, are of aesthetic and architectural significance for their creative and artistic achievement. The Boroondara Cemetery is of scientific (botanical) significance for its collection of rare mature exotic plantings. The Golden Funeral Cypress, (chamaecyparis funebris 'aurea') is the only known example in Victoria. The Boroondara Cemetery is of historical significance for the graves, monuments and epitaphs of a number of individuals whose activities have played a major part in Australia's history. They include the Henty family, artists Louis Buvelot and Charles Nuttall, businessmen John Halfey and publisher David Syme, artist and diarist Georgiana McCrae, actress Nellie Stewart and architect and designer of the Boroondara and Melbourne General Cemeteries, Albert Purchas.
St Francis' Church, Interior - HDR
Made by Dale Allman
Enjoy - Canon 5D Mark2. - ISO 100, f16, 17mm. - Canon 17-40 f/4 L. - Tripod or Large to see more :) Standard 5 exposure (+2,+1,0,-1,-2 EV) Processing Photomatix - Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option Photoshop - Adjustment of hue/saturation - Adjustment of curves to increase the overall contrast (Linear) - Adjustment of levels - USM on Background Layer - Mask/Overlay of person siting on right to remove movement - Reduced noise with Noiseware Pro - Sig/Borders Added Thanks for all the comments, faves, views, notes and invites! About St Francis' Church The ‘mother church of Victoria’, St Francis’ Church, was built between 1841 and 1845 on the block of land originally reserved for the Catholic Church in Melbourne. Soon after Melbourne’s pioneer priest, the Franciscan Fr Patrick Geoghegan, arrived in 1839, a temporary chapel made of second-hand floorboards was erected on the site of the future St Francis’ Church. When sufficient funds were raised to finance a permanent building, Geoghegan commissioned the architect Samuel Jackson to design the present church, which he dedicated to St Francis’ of Assisi. The foundation stone of St Francis’ Church was laid on 4 October 1841. The first mass was celebrated in the completed nave of the church on 22 May 1842. And the church was blessed and opened on 23 October 1845. St Francis’ became Melbourne’s first Catholic cathedral with the arrival of Bishop James Alipius Goold in 1848. Its cathedral status ended when the nave of the partially built St Patrick’s Cathedral was opened for worship in the late 1860s. Blessed Mary MacKillop (1842–1909) made her first communion at St Francis’ in 1850, the same year that bushranger Ned Kelly’s parents were married in the church. The beautiful ‘Ladye Chapel’ on the western side of St Francis’ Church was constructed in the mid 1850s and blessed on 31 May 1858. A Renaissance style sanctuary, which extended the church, was built in the late 1870s. Over the years, a wide range of Catholic societies and institutions have occupied buildings around St Francis’ Church. These include several Catholic primary schools, two Catholic newspapers, the Catholic Missions Office, the Catholic Welfare Organisation, the Young Christian Workers and the Catholic Women’s Social Guild. A school building on the north-western corner of the block (formerly a hall) became the starting point for the Irish Christian brothers’ vast Australian apostolate in 1869. Between 1850 and 1855, the first Catholic seminary in Victoria was located in a building in the centre of the Little Lonsdale Street frontage. The Society of St Vincent De Paul’s first Australian conference met in this building in 1854. St Francis’ Church became a eucharistic shrine in 1929, when the Archdiocese of Melbourne entrusted its care to the Blessed Sacrament Congregation. In 1955–56, a new front porch was added to the building and ten new confessionals were built as buttresses along the outer wall of the nave. More recently, the interior has been modernised in line with the Second Vatican Council’s liturgical reforms. Since 1929, the culture of eucharistic devotion that the Congregation transplanted to Melbourne has transformed St Francis’ Church and paved the way for the Congregation’s expansion to other parts of Australia and also to Asia.
Made by Andy. H
Now on Facebook. Say hi! I started the project to try and learn how people were able to make great shots that looked like it was just dumb luck. Just stand there and snap one off, chimp and say, Wow. How did that happen?. I knew it wasn't dumb luck. Or a result of any particularly expensive camera/lens combination. Or as simple as, 'Set your aperture at wide open and blast away. So for this project I tried to work on everything that I could think of that would help the shot. The shot of Laura is one where I manage (I think) to get the majority of it together. Here's what I did: Find some nice soft light coming in at an angle. Hopefully some light for hair. Check that the bg is just enough darker that what I'm going to light so that my subject will be the lightest thing in the frame. Put my cheap, old manual 105mm lens on and set it at f2.8, nice and shallow, but not so shallow that one eye will be out of focus. Fire off some test shots at heads walking past and correct exposure until I've got the shutter speed right. Double check that my ISO is low, not still at 1600 from the dark shot before. Wait, and try not to look like I'm lurking. Look for someone really, really interesting. Maybe good-looking, maybe with a bit of character, maybe just with a really confident attitude. Or red hair... Approach and try to build up a bit of trust as quick as I can. Try not to come across as selling anything. Smile. Ask for a hand. Explain the shot that I'm after. Shuffle them around so the light is right and explain how they can feel the light on their face. Demonstrate as if I'm the subject. Ask them to follow my hand with their face until I think it's perfect. If I can, get someone to hold the reflector for me. Demonstrate what It does. Show how to feather it and exactly where to hold it so the catchlights are high. If not, do it myself. Manually focus until the TINY little focus confirm light comes on, for an eye. Try and stop myself moving. Brace my arms and slow my breathing if I need to. Recompose. Wait for a break in the ped/vehicle traffic. Wait for some wind. Say something so my stranger relaxes a lttle bit and doesn't look like they're bracing for impact. Shoot. Chimp. Think about the shot and how it could look better. Recompose, reposition, refocus. Reshoot. Gauge how the stranger is going and whether they are up for an alternate setup. If so, do the lot again. That was just how I go about shooting. At least as much effort went into post. Just lots of little things that added a beesdick 1% to the shot, but made it look more like I saw it on the day, and in my head. Hopefully this shot looks like I just stopped Laura in the street, asked her friend Leah to point a reflector at her, lifted my camera and pressed the go button. Laura is #99 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com
St Paul's Cathedral, Interior II - HDR
Made by Dale Allman
This is the second image of St Paul's Cathedral interior that I took while in Melbourne. This Cathedral is very similar to St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide, as they where designed by the same person. Fantastic architecture in these old cathedral's, they don't make them like this anymore. Enjoy - Canon 5D Mark2. - ISO 200, f16, 27mm. - Canon 17-40 f/4 L. - Tripod Standard 3 exposure (+2,0,-2 EV) Processing Photomatix - Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option Photoshop - Adjustment of hue/saturation - Adjustment of curves to increase the overall contrast (Linear) - Adjustment of levels - USM on Background Layer - Reduced noise with Noiseware Pro - Sig/Borders Added Thanks for all the comments, faves, views, notes and invites! About St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral is built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836. Soon afterwards a small wooden chapel was built elsewhere, and the area became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the building of the bluestone St Paul's Parish Church. Consecrated in 1852, that was used until 1885, when it was demolished to make way for the present Cathedral. The decision to build on the site of the existing church was made because of its proximity to the railway and soon to be completed cable tramway service. The Swanston Street and Flinders Street corner remains one of Melbourne's busiest intersections today, ensuring the Cathedral a place at the heart of city life. The Architectural style of the Cathedral is described as Gothic transitional, being partly Early English and partly Decorated. It was designed by the distinguished English architect William Butterfield, who was noted for his ecclesiastical work, and the foundation stone was laid in 1880. Butterfield steadfastly refused to visit Melbourne and the building program was beset with all the problems that arise from management by remote control. He resigned from the project briefly in 1882 and finally in 1884, and the building was completed under the supervision of Joseph Reed, who designed many of Melbourne's public buildings. Nonetheless, St Paul's remains Butterfield's final masterpiece. On 22 January 1891 the Cathedral was consecrated, but it was not the building we see today. The erection of the spires did not begin until 1926, and then to the design of John Barr of Sydney rather than using the original design of an octagonal central tower and gable west end towers of Butterfield. In the 1960s there was extensive work carried out on the exterior, and in 1989 a major National Trust appeal to enable the restoration of the Cathedral's magnificent organ. It is acknowledged as the finest surviving work of T. C. Lewis, one of the greatest English organ builders of the second half of the nineteenth century.
Breaking the silence
Made by colinlogan
Finding and asking strangers has become pretty easy now. I don't get the nerves I used to and I've got a good idea of who'll be up for it. So for my 50th stranger I wanted to do something a bit challenging. I decided to try and get a photo of a stranger without speaking to them. Not a candid shot, I'd still get their consent and have them stand like normal. Just no talking. I don't normally approach people with headphones in, but they seemed like the perfect candidates. So I hung around my local train station and kept an eye on the steady stream of people that were arriving on the trains. One likely candidate walked passed me and we made eye contact. I pointed at myself, then at my camera and then at her. She seemed to understand and replied with No thank you. So communicating what I wanted didn't seem to be an issue, which was a relief. A time passed before another likely stranger came my way. This girl I had to give a bit of a wave to to get her attention. I raised my camera up a bit to get her to notice it, and then pointed at her. She stopped, pulled out her headphones and with a frown said Excuse me?. I hadn't moved my lips the whole time. A little flustered I blurted out Would you mind if I took your picture. She replied I'd rather you didn't in quite a harsh tone and hurried off. Easily the harshest rejection I've had. I thought I might have better luck in the city, so I jumped on a train and headed in. On my way up to my usual stranger location, the Bourke St mall, I spotted a foreigner listening to headphones. I gave a wave and made my gestures and was met with a silent head shake and a smile. Better off than my last rejection, but still no photos, so I continued on my way. Not far from there I came across a 4th stranger with headphones: I repeated my routine. She pulled out one ear piece and asked Sorry?. I repeated the gesture What's it for? she asked. I made a chopping gesture with my hands. Trying to indicate a series but probably looking more like I was slicing a zucchini. OK she said, appearing to have come to the conclusion that I was unable to speak. I looked around for light. Took two shots and then said Thank you. She looked shocked as she walked away. This is the fiftieth portrait of my attempt at the .
Southern Cross Station - HDR
Made by Dale Allman
To this shot in Southern Cross Station. Was setting up the tripod and the security (in yellow) came running over telling me I wasn't allowed to use it and no flash. Then he get's on the 2 way, talking to some guy watching me on the CCTV saying that it was ok here, but not on the platforms. Still used the tripod, but not fully extended and managed to get this. Not what I was planning to get but it will do. Enjoy - Canon 5D Mark2. - ISO 100, f16, 13 sec, 20mm. - Canon 17-40 f/4 L. - Tripod to see the detail Single shot exposure, then +2,+1,0,-1,-2 from that file to create what you see here. Processing Photomatix - Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option Photoshop - Adjustment of hue/saturation - Adjustment of curves to increase the overall contrast (Linear) - Adjustment of levels - USM on Background Layer - Reduced noise with Noiseware Pro - Sig/Borders Added About Sothern Cross Station Southern Cross Station is the most important rail terminal in Victoria and has been redeveloped into a world-class public transport interchange, with fast rail connections to regional Victorian centres and new facilities for rail, taxi and bus passengers. Now more than just a railway station, Southern Cross Station is a combination railway, shopping centre and bus terminal. The shopping centre includes a Coles supermarket, DFO - Direct Factory Outlet and over 100 other shops, bars and restaurants. On Spencer Street between Collins and La Trobe Streets at the western boundary of the central business district, it is the hub of the state's regional railway network, serving as a terminus for long-distance V/Line trains. It also serves the twice-daily Countrylink XPT service to Sydney, and The Overland to Adelaide three times per week. It has a bus station with 24-hour Skybus service to Melbourne airport. Southern Cross is one of five stations forming the City Loop, a mostly underground railway that encircles the CBD. Southern Cross and Flinders Street are the only stations in the Loop that are above ground.
Sail Amsterdam 2010
Made by kees straver
Sail 2010 is about to start. The tall ships will arrive on the 19th of August 2010 in Amsterdam and I’ll be there. I just finished my nightshift at the hospital so I’ve got the next 4 days free. This isn’t a shot of al tall ship at Amsterdam. I took this shot in Melbourne Australia in 2004 with a point and shoot canon camera …………………………………………………… Camera: Canon PowerShot S60 Exposure: sec 1/200 Aperture: f/ 5.3 Focal Length: 20.7mm ISO Speed: auto All invites, notes and tags are welcome About SAIL Amsterdam SAIL Amsterdam is a large maritime manifestation held every five years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Tall ships from all over the world visit the city to moor in its Eastern harbour, and people can then visit the ships for four days (free of charge). The event was organized for the first time in 1975 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Amsterdam, under the name 'Sail Amsterdam 700'. At that time, interest in tall ships, which had sunk to a low since the 1930s when the last commercial tall ships had been built, was starting to rise. The success of Sail Amsterdam 700 led to the establishment of the Stichting Sail Amsterdam (SSA, Foundation Sail Amsterdam). Sail is one of the largest maritime manifestations in the world, and the largest event of any kind in the Netherlands. Tens of tall ships and hundreds of other historical ships are involved. Numerous other ships and boats are present besides the participating ships, amounting to 8000 boats in the 2000 edition. Lesser events take place during the festival, involving small sailboats, sailor choirs or re-enactments of naval battles. The Sail In or Parade of Sail on the first day attracts many other small ships, including creations like a sailing organ (with trumpet accompaniment) or a train converted to a ship. On the next to last day there is a naval pageant and on the last day the 'Sail Out'.
Thomas. Stranger 110
Made by Andy. H
Now on Facebook. Say hi! Now that I can post back into the original 100 strangers group, I would like to submit a few that I have done since completing the 100. I'm very happy to be able to do this as I really missed the original group. This one was very memorable for me because I really did a HUGE interruption. He was actually skating past with headphones in his ears and I managed to get him to follow me down an alleyway. I also had to shoot from a l o n g way away. I hope you like it as much as I do. This picture is #110 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the Original description follows I didn't have much of a win today. I did get this shot though, which is one of my favourites, so I guess it all works out. I tried walking around some of the less busy areas of Melbourne. Highlander lane always looks cool when I have been past before and today there was a litlle pool of reflected light spilling into the lane. About 20 metres away someone had left an old, tatty office chair out for whoever. I took that to mean me. In a new feat of interruption, I stopped Thomas skating past at speed, with headphones in his ears. He was right into what I had planned, so I dragged the seat into the light and shot away. It turns out he is Finnish and in Melbourne studying film. He was very keen to get a copy of the shot when I showed it to him, so that's two people that like it.
Made by colinlogan
I'd just met up with a friend in fed square and we were loitering around before meeting up with some other friends for dinner. It was raining lightly and I wasn't really looking out for strangers but this girl seriously stood out in the crowd. I quickly slung my bag off my back and pushed my bike towards my friend, rummaging through my bag for my camera. With it in hand I set off at a brisk pace to catch up with her, trying to get my settings to something that sounded reasonable on the way. I passed her at a kind of half run and then turned around and said Hi. She was with a couple of other people who I suppose where her mother and sister. But I directed my question straight at her, perhaps rudely. She agreed to the photo while looking at her companions but not appearing to seek approval from them. Once she'd said yes they kept walking and I shuffled around to get as little of the fed square architecture in the background as possible. We talked a little as she smiled away, apparently quite happy to be interrupted by a stranger, and she told me that she was heading out to dinner. When I asked where she told me Wagamama and I said I'd not been there but had heard that the cocktails were good. Much to my surprise, thinking she was perhaps in her early 20s, she told me that she was too young to drink. My shock showed when I asked her how old she was exactly and she told me sixteen. This is the seventy second portrait of my attempt at the .
Made by Surrealize
Australia's second largest city and thriving metropolis, this is Melbourne. It is quite well known for its eclectic artistic communities. Melbourne is often ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities and after a short visit there during my recent trip, I can certainly see why. The Yarra River runs right through the beautiful city and along each bank are scores of fantastic restaurants and cafes. The city seems so alive and full of energy! I walked up and down the Yarra River looking for great photo opportunities each day. Though I have several shots taken from along the river bank, I really liked this one as it truly captured how full of life the city is. I was drawn to the very prominent traffic flow as people returned home from their jobs. Almost as if the city was exhaling after a long, busy work day. If you look a little closer, you can catch some of the hustle and bustle of this famous city and also see several trains in motion, a water taxi cruising by, and a few bicycle headlights. Sorry for the drop off this summer. Took some time off for some projects and client work. I plan to be back for a while now and have loads of good material to carry me for a long time! Look forward to catching up on everyone's streams. Please drop a line if you stop by and I'll be sure to do the same!
Made by ... Arjun
The beautiful hunchback lampposts at St. Kilda Pier in Melbourne. This is one of my exposures - a series I am working on. I have always been fascinated by the shapes of these lampposts and wanted to do a sunrise shoot here. Was waiting for the chance to travel to Melbourne and this week I finally managed the shoot. This was one of the shots that have come out well from the shoot. Met an interesting cabbie on the way here - he thought that I was going fishing, since I asked him to take me to the pier. I guess the big tripod bag could pass off for fishing equipment, in addition to the fact that I was probably the only person 'shooting' shooting with tripod et al there (there was another girl with a digital camera - maybe she posts to Flickr too!). Then he tried to convince me to have a coffee about 500m away from the pier since it was too early to capture the dawn. Being the nice guy he was, he turned off the meter as we were passing the cafes and offered to take me upto the pier and if I changed my mind to bring me back free of charge! These are some of the experiences that make travel so moving. Cheers mate! Melbourne, Australia 2006 Arjun Purkayastha • travel & fine art photography •
Made by Andy. H
Now on Facebook. Say hi! Usually I'm looking for a background that has a bit of distance behind where my stranger will be and a couple of point lights for bokeh. After taking some shots of Felicity (yet to upload) I walked past a wall that was right on the footpath but was a really long translucent glass job with some good shadow blobs. I tried out a few shots of the wall out of focus to see how it would look and was very happy with the colour. Then it was time to wait again. I was only waiting a little while, and I'd decided that I wanted to try and match the stranger's eyes to the wall as far as i could. Two blokes were watching me from across the street and down a bit, where they were on a smoke break. Drew made a half-joke motion of me taking a photo of him. What colour eyes have you got?, I yelled across the road Er, green Yeah man, come over here Drew got right into it and his mate held the reflector. A nice bit of luck for the day. Drew is #86 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com
I had a Wheel good time in Australia
Made by Extra Medium
Well it’s been 10 days since I got here. I’ve tried to make the most of it. Someone asked me if I had done everything I set out to do while I was here. I had to take a quick inventory of what I did: Photographed: Great ocean road Twelve Apostles at sunset a wild kangaroo a wild koala multiple exotic birds made a silly video of Me vs. the Outback for my kids visited a winery ate vegemite (tastes like sweat if it were a solid) saw a cricket match
Made by colinlogan
Straight up this is my favorite shot of this project so far. I can't stop looking at those eyes. Or that cheeky grin. She was walking into a classy women's clothing store with a friend when I made my request. She graciously accepted. The footpath was crowded with people and we had to wait for a lull in the traffic before I could move around her to a better position. The sun was high in the sky and I didn't want to risk over exposing any part of her photos. She told me she was spending a day in the city shopping. I asked if there was anything in particular she hoped to get and she responded saying Candles. Keeping things rolling I asked for more detail: did she want scented candles or just plain household ones? No, no, I said sandals. This shot is practically straight out of camera, all I've done is increase the contrast slightly. I have not added any of my usual text to this because I didn't want anything at all to draw your attention away from those eyes. Because there's no text I'm able to upload at full size, so check out the huge original version. Best viewed in . This is the thirty first portrait of my attempt at the .
Made by colinlogan
At first I walked past this gal. The way she was dressed caught my attention but didn't make enough of an impact for me to ask her. And then she gave me a faint little smile and I was sold. I did a double take and went back to her. She was standing with an older lady, who I assume was her mother. As I approached her on one side she turned the other way, casually looking around. So I was left looking at her back, waiting for her to turn around again, while her mother eyed me cautiously. I only had to wait awkwardly for a couple of moments before she turned and I asked away. At first she wanted to know what the photo was for and I launched into my normal explanation I'm trying to take 100 photos of 100 different strangers in 100 days... except it'll be 101 because I didn't get anyone on Christmas. She smiled at that and said That's fair enough. I snapped a few shots and we casually chatted about how she was in the city shopping while the sales where on. When I asked what she wanted to buy up she said Everything!. This is the thirty second portrait of my attempt at the .
Made by mugley
I find him in a dingy Chinatown alley. , the outlaw who was thrown out of Melbourne a long time ago. Hey mate, you chasin'?, he asks. Nah, you're Jason. Fuckin' smart-arse, he says. So, you looking to buy some gear? I know what it's like to chase the dragon. I started a few years ago on the modern synthetic stuff, then moved towards more organic gear. Always using, trying bigger and bigger negatives to try to bring back that old rush. So I take a look at what he's dealing. He's got two units of the red C. I hear that stuff's made in secret labs in the back rooms of some photocopier company. God knows what's in it. I've known people who've been hooked on it. Always wanting bigger doses, faster injection speeds, wanting to buy more and more. It's a deadly, expensive addiction. How can you deal that shit? Just trying to make a living mate, got a wife and kids to feed. I get out of there. Got to say I'm tempted. Even though it can mess up your life pretty bad, the red C's supposed to be a hell of a ride. But not tonight.
Made by Brendan_Timmons
Thirty Strangers - One Question: What makes you happy? Today I caught up with a friend who was briefly in Melbourne for the day before he flew off to work out in the country. After that I decided I'd get the last pictures for the project. I had such a good run of people today that I've gotten over thirty people, perhaps over forty. So now I get to pick and choose the most interesting! :) If I remember correctly she was on her way to catch up with some friends at High Tea when i stopped her. There was a little bit of confusion as to what I wanted her to do. She didn't know that I wanted to take a picture of what she'd drawn on the paper and got embarrassed that her sketch of the book was bad and that if she had of known she would have drawn a better picture. haha. I think her 10 second sketches were quite good actually. P.S. I've been naughty and forgotten to put in the question I asked this last lot of people! hah. All fixed.
Made by Andy. H
Nicole is Richard's (#54) wife. They were both over from the UK and having a look around Melbourne when I roped them into standing in the light that I wanted. This was my first real go at using a manual focus, manual exposure lens, the 105mm f2.5 that I'd bough off eBay. My thinking was that if manual everything was a pain, or if the lens itself didn't work as good as the latest digital specific jobs, I could just sell it back and keep saving. When I took this shot, Richard was standing to my right, holding the reflector. I chimped and let out a little, Yes!, which is probably not the hallmark of a professional. I was very happy with the shot and very happy that I hadn't just bought a hunk of junk from the 70's. Nicole is #61 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com
Made by Andy. H
Now on Facebook. Say hi! The tunnel under Flinders St has the occasional tiny skylight but is mostly just a haven for drugged out criminals. I liked the way the tunnel bokeh'd out but thought that jumping out in the near darkness at people might not be the best approach. I waited out near the Yarra river end. I hadn't waited long before Krystina came along. I told her about the project, and about the little skylight in the tunnel. I told her that I'd waited outside the tunnel so that she could do a runner if she wanted to. She didn't want to. I'm happy about that because this is one of my favourite shots of the day. Krystina is #95 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com
Made by Brendan_Timmons
Thirty Strangers - One Question: What makes you happy? An answer so obvious, I'm surprised it's taken so long for anyone to think of it. Mums always make everyone happy :) One thing after completing this project I've come to realise is that I should really have asked everyone why they wrote what they wrote... As it would be interesting to know what about it that makes them happy. This guy was just having coffee with his two friends and was really enthusiastic about the project, It was really nice talking to them about it. Doing this project you get exposed to a whole range of people, the ones who think that it's a really cool idea and want to know more, the ones who are pretty impartial to what I'm doing and why... sometimes to the point of not even asking what the picture is for haha, and then the people who get angry when I ask and tell me to piss off :(
Nearest places of interest:
|Malvern Cricket Ground|
St Joseph s Catholic Church and Primary School
City of Stonnington
|Hawthorn Hockey Grounds|
Kooyong Railway Station
Kooyong Tennis Stadium