Architecture, Awards, Deaf Children Australia, Melbourne, Photography


As I said last week, I’ve been trying to find a different way and more interesting way of photographing the Deaf Children Australia‘s Bluestone building.  Now that other stuff has finished, I have more time to think about what I want to do there.  I need to plan more posts though.  I just don’t know what happens to the time.

Stairway ClockWhen you walk into the front door, you look up and see the staircase, and as you walk up you see the clock.

The building isn’t a really ornate building, not when you compare it with somewhere like the Melbourne Town Hall or Parliament House, and for the time it was built, I can see it was probably considered a boring building.  In todays terms it is ornate and there are little things every where.  I am probably not saying this well.  What I mean is that it wasn’t luxurious and wasn’t built to impress, so I can’t focus on really beautiful parts of the building as I have with other buildings, like the Manchester Unity Building.

I have been watching stories from the ex-students and trying to pin point areas of the building that would mean something.  It is a work in progress, and there is no hurry.  I have at least 3 years to work it out.  It is going to be interesting to see where I end up with these images.

This was a difficult image to get and took some thinking, as the tripod on the stairs wasn’t easy, and then it wasn’t high enough.  I got it in the end.  Originally I kept cutting the clock out.  I wanted that clock.  I wanted to give you a view of the clock as you are walking up the stairs.

I try to imagine what it was like for the children who were living there, and to see the building as they would have.  This staircase is right near the front door, and would be considered the main stairwell for the building.  It is central in the building and when you walk in the front door, it is straight in front of you.

These stairs are more ornate and wider than the other staircases, so that tells you they were to be presented nicely, that also tells me that the pupils of the school were probably not allowed to use it.  They may have been allowed up them on their first visit as they were shown around and up to their dorm, but I doubt they were allowed on them again.

So I hope you don’t mind me playing and trying things out as I work my way through this project.  I am sure I will get a better understanding of what I want to achieve eventually.  I am starting to get there.

Remember, if you would like to donate money toward the restoration then please Donate Here.


It is time to acknowledge all the people who have nominated me for awards again.

The Thank You Award


the Flavie Peticoeur Award!


The Very Inspiring Blog Award


McPhedran Phocus


Making it Daily


The Liebster Award


Bits N Pieces

The Versatile Blogger Award


Psychic Pharmacy Tech


Making it Daily

The Sunshine Award


Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness Nomination!



Best Moment Award

Sylvie`s Fashion Secrets

The Reality Blog Award


The Dragon Loyalty Award


So thank you very much to all those blogs and the people behind them, I feel very honoured.  I hope everyone else will go and visit all the blogs as well.


  1. Really nice shot…. even out of context — as a photo of something interesting, rather than shots that are being taken as part of a whole series, it’s a great shot. The loveliness of it all… but, it’s sort of sad, and poetic — a clock, and empty stairs… I don’t know that I’m expressing myself well, but it’s a really gorgeous shot, on many levels….

    • Your observation is really interesting, I forgot to mention in the post that the clock had stopped, so very symbolic, thanks for bringing my attention to it.

  2. johnholding says

    As you say Leanne, a well cared for staircase and the clock is gorgeous along with the windows. Very nice capture.

  3. What a tricky shot…that clock really was trying to hide itself …yet the warm wood on the bannister seems to throw a blush on it.The windows are lovely and i can imagine would throw their own beautiful light towards the stairwell.It is quite an ominous looking scene and i wonder that children who lived in a silent world must have found it even more so..with sight being far more highly tuned in order to make up for sound.Perhaps imagine a silent world and the more powerful need for highly attuned vision.It would be interesting to see how you would shoot these pics if you did so with earplugs in..wander around and get a different visual perspective,even a great eye like yours could find perhaps even more? ….waffle waffle their i go ..picture is beautiful :)

    • I love the waffle, brilliant stuff. I don’t think I will do it with the ear plugs, it is such a quiet place now as it is. The windows and the clock are not something the kids would have seen very often, I don’t think. They were separate and kept separated on their respective sides, I must find out more though, to see.

  4. Lovely picture Leanne. Your pictures just keeps amazing me cos its always out of the ordinary.

  5. When going through the reader in the morning, I recognize instantly your new contribution…wonderful photo as always and interesting how you achieved it! Good way to manage awards too. ;-)

    • Does that mean I am becoming predictable, haha, or developing a style? Thank you.
      It seemed the best compromise, I can’t really reciprocate, but I do like to acknowledge.

      • I think it’s a question of style…you’re not predictable, but you’ve got a signature I think.

      • People keep telling me that, I don’t know, maybe it is something that others see, but I don’t. thanks

  6. Love the photo – how light comes into the dark stairways fhrough the stain glass window. That clock must be old! Great angle you have used too. Congratulations to all the fantastic awards. So well deserved.

    • It looks wired in, the clock, so I know it has been there for a long time, but I don’t know how long. Thank you Viveka.

  7. Compared to today’s buildings it looks extremely ornate and old buildings are so full of character too. I especially love the clock.

    A weekly local council newsletter arrived today, with an announcement that the first sod of soil has been turned for the new “Margaret Olley Art Centre” in Murwillumbah, NSW. Thought you would be interested to hear the news. :)

    • Yes, that is what is what I was trying to say, but not very well.
      Thank you for keeping me up to date, I love hearing about it.

  8. Your posts are like reading a story, Leanne. Each installment tells another chapter of this building and I love reading the story. I appreciate the hard work you put into each photo and the time to post them.

  9. This is a great photo! I’ve been volunteering in the Deaf community and learning sign language for about a year now (in Toronto, Canada), and I think it’s awesome that you’ve taken on this project. Are you connected to the community in Australia? Or is this something you’ve chosen to do out of pure interest? Since ASL is a very visual language, I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes you, and what inspires you.

    • No I’m not connected, or rather wasn’t. I was introduced to it by a woman who reads my blog, and thought I would love the building. It has turned out to be different to just photographing the building, which is great. So far it has been wonderful, and like you I am looking forward to seeing what happens with it all. A new adventure. I hope you enjoy it.

  10. The colors and details here are quite fine, Leanne! By that, I mean exceptional! I certainly hope enough money gets donated to renovate the building properly…it’s such an historical site from another era in AU. Looking forward to its progress…through your lens!

    • There are many reasons why they should renovate it as well. Many bluestones were built in Melbourne for similar organisations, blind community, etc, but Deaf Children Australia are the last ones to still have their building. That is rather incredible. So it would be nice to see it all put back, so to speak. Thanks 1000.

      • No they weren’t demolished, but they were sold off and now other businesses own them. I know the one for the blind institute is about to be dwarfed and basically covered up by some new monstrousity that they are going to build around.

  11. Bubbly Tee says

    This is a building rich in tones and heritage and we appreicate the time you take to place it into digital history.

    You may not be aware of this but you are doing Australia a world of good in tourism marketing. Those who view your images will want to visit there, if they hadnt wished to before, and that would include ME. :)

    • Thank you, that is a lovely thing to say, on both counts. I do love photographing the building.
      As for tourism I don’t know. I decided a while back that I would present Australia, well Melbourne and the state of Victoria, as an amazing place to come and take photos of. Do it from a photographers point of view to other photographers. I am still working all that out, but hopefully will get there eventually. I do hope you come, it is a wonderful place to visit. Well, I live here, so I don’t quite know, but I love it.

      • Bubbly Tee says


        I had alot of stereotypical perspectives on Australia and never thought I’d wanna get there, but i just might… someday…but this year Paris and next year England…

      • I can just imagine what those perspectives were too, but they aren’t really the real us, they are just the way they want to portray us, I hope I can show you a whole different perspective. Mmm, that sounds like a challenge, thank you.

  12. such a striking photo…amazing detail, yet simple, very “you”… I was just thinking before I clicked on your post in my reader that I know even before the blog name shows who took the photo…your style is so obvious to me now… :)

    • Someone else said a similar thing, yesterday. I said, I hope that doesn’t mean I’m getting boring and predictable. :) Thank you Heather, I am beginning to understand that I do have a style.
      I do like seeing where I can go with this building.

      • lol…NO, it certainly doesn’t mean you are getting boring and predictable…your photos would never be boring or predictable… it is difficult to put into words…but it has to do with the settings, colours, textures, the over all design of the photo, the detail the richness and simplicity all in one .. you know what I mean, right? :)

      • Yes, I get it now, I’m glad you wrote that, I’m standing to understand what people are talking about now, it is true then, I do have style, :) Thank you Heather.

  13. The richness of colors and angles have captured me. My mouth literally fell open! You do some awesome photography Leanne! Great job!!

  14. A beautifully taken photo.

    This building seems to hold many secrets in its quietness. Looking forward to the many more photos of this place.

  15. I lke the old fashion style of the staircase & the clock.
    Nice capture!
    And – many congrats on your awards :)

    • I was hoping to give a different kind of view, that sort of thing doesn’t always work, but I was really happy with how this turned out. Thanks RoSy.

  16. The picture does a wonderful job of giving an impression of that staircase, with the clock as an important feature. If that is an indication of the building as a whole, then I think it is elegant and imposing.

  17. It might be interesting to take some photos from a child’s eye level. Technically, the photos you’ve done so far are great. It is definitely a project I will watch as it unfolds. Thanks for posting.

  18. Well, Congrats on all the awards…LOL. I do understand…. guess maybe it’s just cuz you’re so good and your blog is so interesting! :D I’m excited to see how this project goes! It should prove to be very interesting!!!

    • I hope so Keli, it is certainly challenging, but I just need to work out what I am going to do with it. Thank you.

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