This round, I explore Bellfield, the suburb where I've been living, journey all the way from Carlton to St Kilda on foot, annoy people in Chinatown, stand in traffic on Elizabth St, and photograph a firefighter with an amazing moustache.
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"Bellfield takes up one side of busy Bell Street. The other side is home to Melbourne Polytechnic, Bell St Mall and the former Olympic Village in West Heidelberg, which housed international athletes during the 1956 Olympic Games. It's interesting past hasn't led to a fortunate future and it's now rather notorious public housing" - Domain.com
Before moving to Bellfield, my roommates did warn me that its out in the sticks, however after living here almost two months and knowing the above facts, it's definitely a huge switch from living in Perth's Western Suburbs. One of the biggest changes for me is that walking through the supermarket in Bell St Mall (Aldi), its my first time being anywhere in Australia where English isn't the main language.
The street where The House of Love sits is very much in the heart of the ancient and mostly original '56 Olympic village. Most houses have the look of carbon copy homes painted a variety of colours and left to age. But hey the rent is cheap so what's not to like?
Carlton - St Kilda
After a little wander in Bellfield I caught a bus into town, getting off at Carlton Gardens. It's such a lovely way to start off the day. Carlton Gardens is a wonderful splash of colour right next to the Melbourne CBD and it's concrete jungle. I normally just walk through without getting out my camera now for a more peaceful start to my day.
Walking through the street towards the bridge at Flinder St Station there was gorgeous morning light slashing through construction barriers as well as plenty of people with good energy on their way to work.
Crossing over the bridge I wandered around the river and through Southbank College (Uni?) where I caught a coffee and chatted about photography and video work with the Barista Oli and his partner Steph who was hanging out. A super friendly couple, I have to remember to get in touch and see if they want to do some shooting some time.
From there I intentionally got myself lost and explored the backstreets, coming across some interesting derelict buildings as well as some structural artworks.
I eventually found my way to the World War One memorial (which was shockingly massive!) and wound up wandering around the area photographing statues (which I seem to have a strange penchant for) before making my way up to Alexandra Gardens and along the river front back to the Flinders St bridge.
Of course no photography trip would be complete without a visit to my favourite spot on Elizabeth St. I even managed to snag a great shot of a fireman (with an excellent red moustache) as they attended a false alarm up the road.
I don't spend a lot of time in Chinatown any more (I used to on a lot of previous visits) as it just doesn't strike me much these days. Crowds are too thin and you can wait in the perfect spot for hours and not get anyone interesting come past. It's also generally a LOT dirtier than most parts of the CBD so feels a bit meh to shoot there some days.