All posts tagged: closed


Vale Banksia College

Banksia College was a high school that I went and photographed over 12 months ago.  It was closed a few years ago and the vandals got into it.  Not much left when I went to take photos. It is no longer there and has been pulled down.  The school is just a memory now, so today I thought I might revisit the photos I took of it.  They are art images, and when I look at them now, they are a bit heavy handed, perhaps I will try redoing them one day, but not today.

Art on the Walls

The photos of the school are starting to run thin, it is almost time to go out and do some where else.  This is another stairwell, I would hazard a guess that they are the back stairs.  They are basic, well, I suppose all the stairs are in a school like this.  Here, take a look. Two lots of art in this stairwell, the graffiti, and we should call it art, then there is also the paintings that were left on the wall.  Though, if you look closely you can see that there is graffiti on them as well.  Apparently some graffiti artists have no qualms about ruining other artwork.  I thought they were mosaics  but I think perhaps they were paintings. The image was taken the first time I went, and then was processed in Photomatix Pro with 3 bracketed images.  Once back in Photoshop it was opened in camera raw and given some work. I have used Topaz Adjust to give the image some detail, that seems to help bring out the graffiti in …

Wood Working 101

Schools Out

Today I went to a place near by to get some photos. It is a school that has been closed.  I don’t know how long it has been closed for.  I noticed it a couple of weeks ago and decided to go down there today to find out if it was closed.  I wasn’t totally sure it was but thought the graffiti all over every surface was a good indication. I was happy to see that the doors were open and we, my daughter and myself, were able to go inside.  It was weird wondering around the place.  We kept hearing strange noises and getting scared.  I think the fact that there are no children there any more is also weird.  I think  you can’t walk into a deserted school and not hear in your head the sounds of the children playing. The sign on the door to the room above said something about Technology and we decided it was the Wood Work Room.  I like the way the light from the windows drifted across …

Hopetoun Shops


There comes a time, well, the thing is, I am running out of images, and I need to make some decisions.  I can’t photograph abandoned buildings in the city, I don’t know any, so I need to start working out what to do in the city while I am here.  I have had to go through some of my photos and I found one that I took when I was on my trip to the Mallee. This is a street in Hopetoun, definitely showing signs of the times, lots of shops closed.  It is remarkable how busy these towns must have been once.  There are so many shops, and I can’t imagine that they would be have been built if they weren’t going to be used.  I think if you take a look at all the shops, including the closed ones you can get a great idea of how busy these towns actually were. While I was processing this image, I wanted the harsh light, but I wanted to remove all traces of what could …

Last One


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 …