Posts Tagged 'Buildings'

alternate universes…

Having thoroughly enjoyed photographing the JA Substation during last year’s Melbourne Open House weekend I was much looking forward to checking out the Russell Place Substation, despite the 1+ hour wait in the queue. A completely different experience, and largely ‘boring’ in terms of sexy tech, they saved the best for last and OH WAS IT GOOD. They still have a room where they can switch on the old DC mercury-arc rectifiers for visitors. The huge blown glass contraptions flickered and glowed with mesmerising light that surely will take us to an alternative universe, if only we could get inside…

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surface detail…

The folk at Colonial First State tore out the heart of the old Myer and David Jones stores between Little Bourke and Lonsdale in order to replace them with their idea of how retail should be done. As per with fashion, some of the outside is much more important than what was on the inside. I wonder if the graffiti is heritage listed too?

Balaclava blue detail…

Coffee, lamington, The Wall, camera

petrol patina…

Last time I reported on the petrol station in Chelsea/Edithvale I said it was looking sad and non-photo worthy. Well it’s sadder than ever but I was wrong about its photogenic qualities. Cars may no longer park there, mustn’t be covered by the insurance. It’s been getting on to three years since I first posted on this place. I wonder what they’re waiting for…

Previously…

beach 2…

petrol replaced…

lead replacement petrol…

POWER…

Thank you Melbourne Open House for allowing us to check out JA Substation at 640 Lt Bourke St. It supplies huge amounts of electricity our great city in a very low key kind of way! The only noise was from the transformer room, otherwise all was still, quiet and dusty. The massive capacitors, gleaming twists of copper and huge fat black cables snaking away were quite something to see.

On a side note, I think I’m going to bite the bullet and learn about how to get more from low light conditions senza flash. Sigh……….

permanence = zero

Gutted, rubble strewn, roofless shop on Carlisle Street being used to store spent kegs. Two days later an inaccessible construction site. Timing is everything.

The graffiti wasn’t tagged but sure was cute.

 


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