An assortment of photographs of random buildings around Victoria. The great thing about structures and architecture is that there is a wealth of forms and shapes, each of which changes with light and season. This first shot is of some tower atop Arthur’s Seat, in the Mornington Peninsula.
This second shot is a church in Hawthorn East, taken from Auburn railway station. I have since been informed by rail authorities that I am not allowed to take photographs from the train platforms without written permission.
I love this long-exposure shot of this tower-of-uncertain-function in Williamstown, on the harbour’s edge. The purple hues in the sky and the sense of movement in the cloud, coupled with the somewhat eerie shape of the tower itself, combine to give this image a mood I’m very fond of.
Melbourne’s skyline is increasingly reminiscent of many North American cities, with its relatively small area dominated by shiny high-rise office-towers on a uniform grid layout. Here, then (then-recently-completed) Eureka Tower (at right) towers over nearby buildings in Melbourne’s Soutbank. Eureka, at 88 stories high, is one of the tallest buildings in the southern hemisphere, and at the time of photographing was the tallest residential structure in the world (although is now placed at #4).
The art-deco styled Palais Theatre was badly damaged by arson about eighteen months ago, but remains a St. Kilda landmark. I loved the white against the blue sky in this particular shot, and the way the sun brought out the details in the architecture.
This clock tower, also in St. Kilda just a few hundred yards from the Palais, looked good framed against the sky. I used a neutral density filter (ND400) to block out most of the sunlight and allow for a 45-second exposure, blurring the clouds and the palms.
Here the inspirationless sprawl of suburban functionality leaves us with low strip-mall roofing, neon lights, aerials and satellite dishes beneath a warm dusk skyline.
I took this shot from directly beneath the Bolte Bridge, in Melbourne’s Docklands. Earlier shots I took lying on my back. In the absence of a tripod I had to use careful breathing and a steady hand, and was grateful for the ultra-wide 12mm aspect on my lens.
And the final shot in the selection- aptly named “Parting Shot” as it was the last shot I took of Melbourne before heading off on a 6-week overseas assignment- is again of Eureka Tower in the sunlight, and the gold-plated windows of the upper suites while the sun gleams off a lower angle of the superstructure.