Never before published [TYAT]

Flowerdale bushfire devastation 2009-02-23 13:52:32

I have never published this image anywhere since making it in 2009. My intentions were about respect and privacy. I’m glad I made the pictures. I was quite hesitant at the time. I have a handful of pictures on flickr I made as well on public land.

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Melbourne’s Changing Face

powerlines in a field in Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Powerlines aplenty
2019-01-15 16:48:42 !/250 @ f11 200 ISO
A pit or quarry, now filled in Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
A pit or quarry, now filled
2019-01-15 16:52:12 1/160 @ f11 200 ISO
Powerlines and freeway and other infrastructure facing southwest the freeway on the background, in Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Facing southwest the freeway in the background
2019-01-15 17:08:06 1/250 @ f11 200 ISO
Under this pile of rocks used to be a quarry, Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Under this pile of rocks used to be a quarry
2019-01-15 17:21:53 1/100 @ f11 200 ISO
A mixture of abandoned and working industry Braybrook, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A mixture of abandoned and working industry
2019-01-15 17:26:05 1/125 @fii 200 ISO

Melbourne is in the throes of a heat wave this week. This makes picture making difficult to the point of unbearable. Luckily for me the weather eased off Tuesday afternoon. So I headed out to a spot that had been lingering in the back of my mind for some time.

I used to drive up and down the Westgate freeway daily. I rarely do now and the changes going on there are massive. A tunnel is being built and scheduled for opening in 2022. Improvements include widening of the freeway with related infrastructure. I focused my attention near the exit from the freeway. This is where to my delight I managed to find a new location that I had not realised existed. I exposed approximately 3 rolls of film and some colour film too. I also made almost 100 pictures on my Canon G9X MkII and my iPhone as well.

The light was actually perfect for photography. Australian summer light is usually harsh with little or no cloud cover. Today was an exception and I made the most of it. The black and white film will be processed shortly. The above 5 pictures I hope gives a sense of what the location looks like. I will return over the coming years to map the changes.

Long Form Project Research

North Melbourne and West Melbourne are inner suburbs north of the CBD. They have been changing rapidly since we moved to the west in late 2000. There is currently a major infrastructure project being undertaken. It will irrevocably change the appearance atmosphere and function of the suburb. I recently visited there with this in mind and as part of an ongoing collaborative project with Gary. I learned several things. Some of these point to the history of the suburb, in particular its 20th century industrial past, others to where there may be big physical changes.

I used my time to make some digital pictures that will help me chart the changes as they occur and build on the existing collaboration with Gary. They will also enable me when I return with film cameras to make good choices in composition, and lighting.

Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne
Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne

Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne
Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne

Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne
Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne, late one afternoon in October

Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne
Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne, one morning in October

Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north
Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north

Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north from Footscray Road
Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north from Footscray Road

A decorative hoarding on the West Melbourne Station site
A decorative hoarding on the West Melbourne Station site