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Mar 6, 2013
The Wandering Melbournian: Part 2
by Chris Vlahonasios
A five-part collection of
photos taken during one glorious afternoon in the great city of Melbourne, Australia.
The goal was to not to take “tourist
pictures” but capture snapshots of the elements that make up Melbourne. However, what gives a city its character is not
chosen by accident; they are influenced by the history and culture of the
individuals who make it their home.
If you understand the city you will
understand the people.
Melbourne has some of the most dynamic and beautiful buildings
in Australia. Even on par with New York, it is a city constantly redefining itself. It has
always been keen to express new ideas, with an attitude of fusing old with new,
generating some extraordinary structures.
Although built on the rigid ‘new
world’ grid-layout, yet Melbourne
has avoided the mundane. With its ordered streets and bewildering laneways, inspiration
and surprises are around every corner.
However, it is not the
overall form of the building, but the beauty of the finishing touches. A city
which has one foot in the past, but through the present, creates a new world
for the future.
Every place is a state of being.
This perhaps most perfectly encapsulates
Melbourne – a city which blends the eras. All the pavements are
laid in this beautiful charcoal-grey stone, paying homage to Melbourne’s once bluestone streets.
Subtle, minimalist and smooth
– although different in texture, it is by no means a ‘replacement’ but ‘a new
reflection’ of its old self.
Access way underneath Swanston StBridge, next to the
As one’s eyes are lead up from
the base to the cornerstone a sense of awe is cast down upon the person. A presence
of stark magnificence and grandeur from an earlier century; built to be admired.
Sheer elegance supported by
two-tone coloured stone. The blend of greys illuminate the warmth, light and
colours of the life inside. No matter from which angle, this structure strives to
reach for the sky.
Outside the Laurent Café and Patisserie.
A blend of parallels and
curves. The marble boarder supports the strong Art Deco lines which rise up from
the street, like a spouting tree.
The contoured sandstone walls
are pierced by a pattern of isosceles with chiseled wedges, pulling the eyes
down to the grey-stone earth from whence the building sprung.
Middle of Collins St.
Short in stature yet imposing,
this stately building commands respect. Strong, symmetrical lines reflective of
its past importance to the world, now nestled amongst the skyscrapers of the
Despite its many years, it
has not been ignored. A reminder of tradition allowed to survive the great leap
forward of the Consumer Age. Although shrouded in the shadow of time, it still
offers wisdom and direction for the new dawn.
Shadow art cast from an
overhead walkway. This is a depiction of nature from a different perspective, reminiscent
of raindrops on a pond’s surface. The ripples’ energy is illustrated thanks to
the power of the sun’s rays. Inspiration directly derived from the YarraRiver which only a stone’s throw away.
Art Centre walkway along Southbank’s Southgate.
A precise line. Order. Prominent.
Red Gum timber and engineered steel slats sheltering fellow coffee connoisseurs.
The fiery red, currant-scented
Australian gum posts blend in harmoniously with the cosmopolitan scene. A mere
extension of the building, yet an essential component for social interaction
and human enjoyment. A repetitive chorus line of nature and human ingenuity.
A café from along Southbank’s Southgate.
Realising a dream or a
Corny – an entrance for the M-elbourne Arts Centre. Clear-cut, perfect
lines of a bleak grey structure, but does it generate any intrigue? Where is
A dramatic rethink of
concrete, creating forms and shapes never considered. An imaginative
experiment, but ill-conceived outcome?
Back entry to the Arts Centre.
From a time that valued
detail. A celebration of craftsmanship, a skill we have reduced due to cost. A
reminder of how we once were – and how we could be again.
A pattern which surges forth with
waves and swirls. Outstretched florals encompassed by floral-crosses. A cross
within a cross, trinity leaves – divine inspired? So much nature, as if the
stone is alive.
Remarkable detail for a
boarder, under a bridge, on the side, not in direct public view – beauty even
in places we never look.
Access way beneath the Swanston StBridge, next to the
Photos were taken
using the 5MP camera in the Nokia C5-03 mobile phone.