Winter has arrived with a vengeance in Melbourne. Ok it’s not literally freezing but it’s a rude shock after a beautifully balmy autumn. And I have become lazy, not traipsing too far from the heater.
But this weekend was a sparkling affair. Crisp, if washed-out, blue skies and a temperature in the mid teens Celsius. It was time to get some vitamin-D on these cheeks and hit my local environs for some street photography. Something I love to do.
Melbourne street photography.
I have lived in the inner suburbs of Melbourne since moving here in the late ’90s from Europe. In that time I have seen a lot of change, as you would expect. In particular the wonderful elderly Greek and Italian couples and their marble lions have moved on to be replaced by young families, slick professional types and beards. Lots and lots and lots of beards.
The inner suburbs are not to every ones tastes and Melbourne sometimes can be a city divided – to the local residents at least. Are you…
North of the River (Yarra River) or South of the River?
It’s a big deal for Melburnians, almost up there with which school you went to.
But you see for me I just happened upon the north and ended up staying here. I have no ties or allegiances as such. I just love the vibe here…
Melbourne’s Inner North.
Skinny jeans, a checked-shirt and a Ned Kelly beard are actually optional in suburbs such as Brunswick and Fitzroy despite what you may have heard. What isn’t negotiable however is a laid-back laissez-faire attitude and outlook.
Take a trip a mere three kilometres or so north of the CBD and you will notice it. If you have visited New York it is akin to taking the L Train from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Trading power suits, hustle and high rise for beanies, coffee shops and studios.
It’s an environment where you often see film crews or just regular Joes like me out-and-about capturing the street-scapes. Heck even Beyonce has used Brunswick as the backdrop for one of her recent music videos.
Beating the winter blues.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post I have been akin to a hermit for this first couple of weeks of winter. Nestled close to our heaters and mostly with a TV remote in my hand. How utterly dull hey. Pleasingly I realised this myself this weekend past and got out on the streets with my Canon DSLR in hand. I didn’t go far though. I didn’t need to!
The great thing about where I live is you don’t have to go far to meet interesting people and observe very photo-worthy sights. That’s much of the battle with urban photography I find. That’s why I like this quote.
“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” — Jim Richardson
Even though this post is entitled Melbourne street photography I only in fact wandered around an area about one square kilometre in expanse. North Carlton and Brunswick for you locals. (Related: ‘My square mile’. A photo-shoot I did within one-mile of my front door)
So here’s a little of what I shot on my winter wanderings. I hope it may encourage fellow Melburnians to pop a scarf on and get out there this winter.
Melbourne Street Photography. Gallery. North Carlton & Brunswick.
(Click an image to enlarge). All photography © Saxon Templeton
- Loads of Inner North recommendations (such as eats, shopping, bars) from the official, and excellent, Visit Victoria website
My submission in to the Daily Post’s photo challenge – Pure