Melbourne is known for its laneways and arcades. There are some beautiful ones around the city. Some almost as old as the city itself.
A few years ago when I was doing a photography course at TAFE, in 2003, one of the students I was studying with took me to a laneway in the city. It was quite amazing. It was almost like time hadn’t caught up and gave a great insight into what the laneways probably looked like once.
This image always attracted me. I love the old next to the new. The tall building is part of the shot tower complex I showed you last week in the post Revisiting Melbourne. In one of the images of the shot tower you can see that high rise building through the windows.
I love the blue stone buildings. There is some new mixed in with the old, but I think you can see what it would have looked like once, especially with horses going down it.
This sign is up on the side of the building. Old signs like this are so good. You don’t see them like this anymore. Signwriters do all their signs on colourbond and then they screwed them up there. You don’t see them up ladders painting the signs onto the side of buildings anymore.
This is the door to something. According to the sign on the side, it is the door to the Mercantile Press, though I doubt they are still there, or even still exist. I think the door is amazing. It is nice to see doors that are so weathered and rough.
All these images were taken with Ilford HP4, ISO 125, so a fine grain film and a good one to use. As it was film I have no recollection what aperture I was using, or what shutter speed to use.
I would love to go back and take photos here again, but I haven’t been able to find the lane way again. I can roughly work out where it was, but haven’t really gone looking again. It could take me days to find it, well not really, but hours at least. Shame really.