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
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Rapid Changes

The Old Huntsman Building visible after the tree removal
The Old Huntsman Building from Somerville Road

Until recently this image would not have been possible. The Huntsman site has been closed for at least 9 years now, and the front was obscured by trees.

There are major infrastructure works going on in and around Sunshine that will continue on for several years. I presume that the removal of the trees in and around this site for part of these infrastructure projects.

As these do not fall within my pc 3020 Tumblr boundaries I may or may not add them to that Tumblr project. Given that these pictures were made early in spring in the morning means the backlit sky was not too much of problem but in summer I would need to arrive here before the sun rose or as it set in the west. It was a bleak and brisk spring morning this day.

A row of trees used to shell the interior of this site
A row of trees used to shield the interior of this site
Some trees remain, but for how long?
Some trees remain, but for how long?

New Old Locations

I recently created a new album on flickr, it’s a small repository of images I intend to re-potograph.

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The idea was sparked by the above image, which is a place I drive past often and have watched it change dramatically over the years. When I made this picture in 2005 the small group of factories had just been finished.

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Over the years small firms have come and gone, painted and repainted the walls. The inevitable graffiti has been there so long I can’t remember when it first appeared? So I went to re-photograph it on Tuesday, and in the process found a part of Sunshine I had not seen before. While this location is technically outside my pc3020 Tumblr boundary I may add some images to it from the day. I will return with film cameras soon too, as there were trees that I think would work well with my ongoing trees idea, and if my solo exhibition about Sunshine gets off the ground I could include images made from there as well.

Here’s a few more images made on the day.

A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Picturesque or soul destroying?
Picturesque or soul destroying?

 

On the edges

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West Footscray, near the recent fire

I went in search of the source of the recent fire that consumed a factory in Melbourne’s western suburbs recently. The smoke had died down, but it was still NOT extinguished 3 days after it broke out. Using my local knowledge of the area I drove down 2 streets that may have gained me closer access to the source of the fire. While I did not succeed in this endeavour I got to see a part of my local area I had not visited for some time, if  at all. This is what I found, and it is almost pastoral in its appearance.

Everything came together the light, the weather, it was meant to be. This has to be one of my least ‘processed’ files in a long time. Which makes it even more exciting for me. Sadly it does not fit into my long form tumblr project pc:3020, because it is not in that postcode.