Joe Hajdu

SHOOTING IMAGES IN THE LANES OF MELBOURNE ON A SPRING AFTERNOON

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Saturday 21st September was an ideal day for a pho-to-shoot walk through the city lanes. It was slightly overcast, so the contrast between light and shade was not too bad, and there was a hustle and bustle in many of the lanes we entered. We started in Ho-sier Lane, off Flinders Street. Its ever changing graffiti walls seem to have made it a popular tourist attraction. There were visitors of all shapes, sizes and ages taking photographs, and having them-selves photographed. We also recorded one or two graffiti artists at work (And, I’ve always thought that there was only one way of guiding spray out of a can!). What clinched our photographic experience in Hosier and Rutledge Lanes was the series of bridal parties traipsing down the cobblestones all in the mood for posing for shoots taken by us. We then pocked around the back of the Melbourne Club and got some unusual images of the trees and bushes spilling over the top of their brick fence. Down we walked on Bourke Street where we at-tempted to snap another bridal party whose stretch-limo was cruising down the street. We then reached Union Lane next to David Jones. Here the wall art was as perplexing and colourful as that in Hosier Lane. Discarded spray cans on the cobblestones gave us some novel motifs to shoot. The human interest was also novel: this appeared to be the spot for young Asian ‘would be models’ to try out poses for their mobile and camera shooting boyfriends. Great fun. We then proceeded into the ground floor lobby and arcade of the Manchester Unity Building to shoot images of a different nature, namely the beautiful art deco paintings, freezes and wrought iron balustrades that are found there. Centreway and Degraves Street were our last stops. Here peo-ple watching and surreptitious photography became the order of the day, while having a welcome cup of latte. All in all, a creative and fun way to spend a spring Saturday afternoon.

Joe Hajdu