A spot of Melbourne street photography on a winter weekend.

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.

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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.

north carlton street photography winter

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.

man walks checking phone melbourne street photography

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.

concrete textures melbourne

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!

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Coffee, coats and cafes = Melbourne! Cafe, North Carlton.

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)

flower with bike background image

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

More Information.

  • 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




Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

12 thoughts on “A spot of Melbourne street photography on a winter weekend.

  1. Great photos! Having grow up in the north of Melbourne, it is interesting to see these photos and realise how much beauty there is on our doorsteps.
    Great blog!

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    1. Hey Sarah. You have no excuse. It’s not even cold up there. Go down by the river boardwalk one morning up there. Loads of joggers and walkers and folks having their kick-starter coffees. That’s a pretty good spot 🙂

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      1. Good tips. I have just been googling and found that the Brisbane City Council have a bunch of Heritage Trails around the city. I think I might be putting them to the test 🙂


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