A day in the City

It is all happening here in Melbourne. Cricket-Australia v England. Tennis-Australian Open. Australia Day and Chinese New Year and of course our summer holiday time.

I gave myself an art date yesterday, meaning, now and then we all should take time out for ourselves and do something that pleases us so I took my camera and went to my beautiful City of Melbourne.

It was a beautiful summer day with a cool breeze. The City was alive with visitors from interstate and overseas. There were buskers of all types and descriptions in the Bourke Street Mall.  There was a piano in our beautiful city square. It was there for anyone to play; the sign on it said ‘I am yours-play me’ . The square has slim gum trees; they have been yarn bombed in the most beautiful colours and patterns. My camera ran hot, I must have taken over 100 photos, a truly magic day…then…

Get home, plug camera into computer and bam, alakazam, yet again between camera and computer most of my photos disappear into mystery land. This is the third time it has happened. I have a theory and that is when I try to transfer a large amount all at once is when this happens. If anyone can enlighten me further I would much appreciate it. I have a photo recovery program but even that didn’t help. Sadness, frustration followed but in the big scheme of life they are only photos so…

These are some of the salvaged ones:

Hosier Lane is our wonderful graffiti area. Unfortunately we do have those irresponsible tagging vandals but it doesn’t take away from the amazing look of the lane and the fantastic art work.  Just as well photos don’t have the smell. Most of the laneways in Melbourne have the huge bins for businesses and although the bins are emptied regularly they are not exactly smelling of roses but that is only a very small area of this particular lane.

Every visit to the City I visit the laneway and every time I take photos. I have posted them many times but this time I found something that interested me even more. I have thought recently about ‘texture’; photographing texture, printing them on a substrate and doing a black pen drawing over it. So this is what transpired.

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These are some of the wonderful pieces in the lane. Such vibrant colours.When I got up close and personal to see the vibrancy of each colour when it came to me to take close up shots and this is the result:

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I could have done a better job, they are blurry at the top and I would have preferred not to have the light on them (I could manipulate that part maybe). I am not a professional anything but I do like to play and learn. There seems endless possibilities for these shots, they seem almost lunar like. I have higher resolution in these so if anyone would like some I can send them to you.

The graffiti covers a garage door, again the close ups have potential:

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I walk – I look – I see – I stop – I photograph

Leon Levinstein 1955




This and that and a thank you.

Well, busy busy busy. Where does the time go? What an exciting happening for me, I have been awarded the Sunshine award from Allison over at her place of creativity at thoughtfulcreations.wordpress.com I will complete the award in the next few days.

In the meantime I have done my ‘yearly’ envelopes for a girlfriend of mine. Each year a group of friends pool a small amount of money weekly and split it up at the end of the year at a weekend away. I was asked to ‘fancy up’ their envelopes two years ago. I did warn them that my method of creating is by process and never know what is going to come out. They are happy with that and wait to see what each year brings. This year my trusty unipin pen dreamt up ‘graffiti’ randomrose style I guess I would call it. It do so enjoy ‘doodling’. I hope they like them.

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The other thing  this week is my little lemon pip tree (I posted about her on my other block www.supposerose.wordpress.com  She started out as a pip I literally threw into a tiny succulent pot on my kitchen table. To my amazement she grew and grew and grew. I wondered gleefully if it would be like Jack in the beanstalk…I could be randomrose in the lemon pip tree?? She grew so straight and strong but I worried for her as I am not a gardener of that dedication so I took her off to my next door neighbour who is a dab hand at growing. She too is fascinated with our little lemon pip tree so she is giving it her tender loving care to see what happens. Small thing in this world are the best.

My Lemon Tree


Here she is before she went to a new home and bigger pot (she is the straight strong one on the left). Annabella (on the right) wasn’t too happy and edged herself away. I think there is a class distinction between fruit and veg and succulents. Annabella succulent looks a bit high and mighty.

Last but certainly not least. My lemon pip tree carer next door came in with her weird and wonderful discovery, two carrots and two parsnip that had squashed together in the ground. Not enough room but determined to grow. They wound themselves into a tangle.  I have since scrubbed them up, left their jackets on, steamed them and thoroughly enjoyed their freshness and goodness. What a lovely, lovely week.

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The young doing their own thing

Whilst I was waiting at crowded, bustling Flinders Street Station on Saturday I was doing what I love best, people watching. We are all so different yet the same. Some rush everywhere whether they need to or not; others wander through life with an ease and calm.  I love the diverse nature of us and most of all I like to see the people that put (what I call) an edge to themselves. There were a group of young people outside the station that caught my eye, dressed in their individual choices yet fitting into a loose genre of artistic. I admire the thought and detail behind their outfits. I asked them if I could take their photo and could I put them on my blog and they were happy to agree and I found them a pleasure to talk to. I asked them if they gave themselves a ‘label’, some said Goth but many said they were just being themselves and do not like putting themselves into a category…so here they are and thank you all for talking to me and allowing photo.

Now to go with these lovely artistic people is the graffiti photos I took as I wandered around. We have great graffiti lane ways here in Melbourne. I am not a fan of ‘tagging’ they don’t show respect to other street artists. This work is of real.


Random Photos

Just photos of this and that that have caught my eye. Walking is a great past time, not only exercise but it is where random sights catch my eye and make my day.  The wire netting seemed such a simple thing yet it felt like I was looking at  abstract waves rolling in/or out of a transparent sea. Graffiti always catches my eye as does the myriad of nature’s flowers.