Melbourne, Photography


Near where the photos were taken under the railway overpass are a series of shops, that I think, I imagine have been there since the over pass was built.  They are in the same style.  You can see what you think.

Architecturally, I think they are beautiful, but the shops that exist here never seem to be open.  One by one they close down till only one is left.

I don’t know about other countries, but here in Australia our retail industry is suffering.  We, the consumers want to help, but how can we help when we know that we can buy goods overseas for half the price, and in many cases by far more.  It seems to be a concept that someone or some people don’t get.  Our suppliers think we are stupid.  Anyway, that idea is what has inspired today’s image.

This image was taken because it is like the lights are going out slowly in our stores, and for this image, there is only one left.  These shops are old, I am pretty sure they are around 100 years old.  I have never been inside, so I have no idea what they look like.  I wanted this shot because there were no people around, and none of the shops had things outside.  It really suited what I was trying to convey.

The processing, has been done the same as the other images like this.  There is the original on the left.  I have added detail, blurred some, but the thing I do, that most people seem to ask about is that I layer stuff over the top, the same image, at times, and then I blend them using multiply, which has a tendency to cause it to go dark.

The original image is a HDR, and the post processing is done with Photoshope CS6 and Topaz Adjust 5.

I see some people are looking at the field trips and I just wanted to let you know that I will be adding more this week.  I need to find out what cycling events I am going to be doing.  Once I know that, then dates will be set.  At this stage, I will be doing more trips down lane ways and arcades.  More night shoots along the Yarra River. I would like to take a group to St Kilda, maybe early in the morning, before the town wakes up.  There will be a number of them over the next few months.  I hope you find something you would like to do.

I would also like to take this opportunity for all the support I got after yesterdays post.  I feel so much better today and I really wanted everyone to know that it was really appreciated and loved.  Thank you.


  1. Nice photo, love this architecture. One by one, until only one shop is left, is also happening here in Michigan. Our economy in this state is rebounding but not fast enough. Outsourcing and everything being made in China now has destroyed us here and nationwide. Corporate America! And Obama has done all he can to destroy this country. Sorry for the rant.

    • Didn’t you see my rant, so please don’t apologise. The same thing is happening here as well. Most of our manufacturing is done in China now. We are slowly turning into a tourist country, that is all we do. I love it that you get it. :)

  2. That’s a problem, the world around these days…Hubby is in France right now, and the number of closed shops and restaurants in our nieghborhood there is sad…

    Love the image…Wish I was close enough to go on one of your field trips!

    • I suppose it is, though we keep being told that money isn’t a problem, well here, I think it is because we are sick of being ripped off. I buy most things online now, it is a pain having to wait, when you can save so much money, it is worth it.
      I wish you were close enough too, not just for that. It would be great if you could come though. :)

  3. Great shot. I think the situation with retail is interesting and I’m not convinced that price is the only issue. I often go out and fail to find something I actually like – I’m thinking both clothes and gifts here and I don’t remember that happening nearly as often when I shopped in London.

    • That’s true, though I never buy clothes online, too hard. I do buy DVD’s, books, photography equipment, all that sort of stuff. I recently purchased 3 series of a tv show online, and with postage, the 3 were cheaper than one series here.
      Thanks Liz.

  4. Hi, Leanne
    You have a unique look. I liked it from the first time I saw it, and it’s only grown on me. The darkness, vignetting, layering, rich colors–all add up to something like saturation and focus at the same time. I don’t have a good word for the look, but I don’t need one–it’s just the Leanne look. Makes me want to learn more about processing–I do enjoy my time at the Mac lab.

    • Hi Paul, it is funny you talking about this. Most artists do have a style, and I never really thought I had found mine. But as I do more of these and put them up on the blog, I am starting to realise that I do. I love the work I am doing now and it is made all that much better because people seem to like it, Thank you so much. When I need to write an artist statement, I might come contact you. :)

      • It’s common for artists not to recognize their own distinction. She works along on her own, without much comment or critical review of others, until some point when she has a body of work and a body of appreciative viewers, and both of those kinds of bodies need unifying themes, elements, pallettes, techniques in the work to hang together. It’s then that the artist can see–or may have pointed out to her–what is both unifying and distinctive in what she has been doing all along. Then comes the interesting question: what does she do next? Does that unifying style become a box, a cage, a threat, a springboard, a platform, a language, what? In a way, your style almost assembles itself–around you/beside you/within you/apart from you. Does it now become you?

  5. I love the photo of the shops as well as your comments. I just found you and I will return. I invite you to visit my blog.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog, I am glad you like the blog and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    I like the brickwork on that building. Good shot.

    • Yes, the brickwork is fantastic, not something you see being built much today. It looks solid. Thanks Tricia.

  7. Humans can never be perfect…don’t feel you have to apologize! Do your best and let it go. Your work is very good. Yes, it is sad, to see what is happening to the little man.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

    • What great advice Laurie, thank you so much for that. I think we all want to support the little man, but it is too hard when you are trying to keep your head above water.

  8. Love the way they recede into darkness – if only it wasn’t happening for real. Same over here too.

    • It is sad, it seems to be happening everywhere. I like browsing shops, I suppose the pastime of shopping with friends is really going to change.

  9. A fine re-working, Leanne…”Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Closing Shops” is solved…by you!

    The colors are beautiful…and I really appreciate your showing some fine Australian architecture!

    • Nancy Drew, haha, that is great. I hope there will be a lot more Australian architecture over the next few weeks.

  10. Your processing has made this row of lovely red brick stores look moody and intriguing. I wouldn’t have guessed retail. Beautiful!

    • They are in a very strange place and seem to attract odd tenants. It is great to hear that you got what I was trying to do, thank you.

  11. This is an interesting post Leanne and I so agree with your thoughts.
    I quite like both photos :)

    • I really hope you succeed, they look great. It is so sad, but I can understand it. I mean why shops are closing, not the developers.

  12. Love this image; the layering/ multiplying. Here in New York City, this would be prime property these days; the old and historic now fashionably gentrified, in spite of our doddering economy.

    • Thanks Gray, I love doing these images. I wish it was the case here. They can’t destroy them, I think they are protected, but it isn’t nice seeing them just left. Maybe the same thing will happen here.

  13. Your shots always intrigue me. Normally, i am not a fan of a lot of processing, I like clean and simple. However, in the case of your photos, the digital correction does not detract from the photography, rather adds a depth and emotion to the image. Your photos are impactfu without being pretentious. Good work!

    • I had to read your comment out to my husband, I don’t think he has a lot of faith in my photography, but your comment was wonderful and I wanted him to hear what other people thought of my work. So I thank you for that. I really appreciate your comment. I am so glad you like what I am doing. :) :)

      • You’re welcome, Leanne. I find it invaluable for artists to be able to be critical with one another to enable our growth. However, most people don’t know how to give or accept any level of criticism whatsoever. And so, I usually don’t comment at all, and certainly don’t make indiscriminate compliments. Your work deserves compliment. Believe in your talent, trust in your skill and you will go far.

  14. What a great row of shops and your processing has enhanced the feeling of abandonment and decay. A sad picture.
    Also a sad state of events – places are closing down everywhere here (UK) – including pubs. Once the hub of village life they are struggling to survive with high tax and low supermarket alchohol prices. Our industry has virtually gone and retail is suffering a massive decline. I must admit that where possible I will pay a bit more and support the local shops rather then buy online – if more people did that the ‘little guy’ would be in a better position to compete. It’s also great to build a relationship and see before you buy!

    By the way, it’s taken me a while to be able to catch up as I’m having trouble with WordPress and Reader no longer works. Also, although I follow your blog it doesn’t show up on the ‘list of blogs I follow’. It all takes that much longer to access blogs and when time is limited it;s difficult ……
    I have raised this with WP, and so have many others by the look of it, so it’s not just me being frustrated.

    • I know what you mean about things closing, I feel the same. If the price is only a little more I will do that, but the problem here in Australia is that the retail industry are charging us way over the top. For example, I saw a book on Amazon once, $200, to buy it here, over $400. This story is heard over and over. We get ripped off so much. The little guy is the meat in the sandwich unfortunately.

      That is so weird about WordPress, I hope it gets sorted, though I have been noticing things not working properly, I wonder if I am getting updates from you, I think I am. So nice to hear from you.

      • You’ve left a few ‘likes’ – thank you very much! – so presumably are getting the updates. In fact, at the moment this is the easiest way for me to find you. Maybe there’s a better way but I still haven’t worked out all the little ins and outs of WP – not enough time to just sit and play :(

    • I love red brick too, it is so good and so photogenic. :) I knew I had to make the most of them. Thanks Amanda

  15. Same thing happens everywhere – small shops close and the big boys take over the business. Big supermaked – big profits.
    I like the composition you made ​​of the shops here – the colors are nice.

    • It is sad really, the loss of the small man, but I think there is a place for them, they just have to find that place. I think the day of the shopping strip is gone too, people want to shop in big shopping centres where it doesn’t matter what the weather is.
      The composition was done very quickly, but I am happy with how it came out. Thanks.

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  17. What an interesting post and photograph. Similar problems are definitely happening here in London although all the small shops seem to be being taken over by coffee chains now.
    Where abouts in Melbourne is the street? I travel to Melbourne quite often and would like to visit it and possibly give some of the shops a little support on my next trip.
    P.S. Thanks for finding my blog recently and being so supportive.

    • Thank you, the shops are in Flinders Street, near Queen street, where it goes under the train overpass. I think the shops struggle because of their location, they aren’t in a part of town that people really go to.
      You are welcome.

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