13 Dec 2014

RURAL PATINA



































A bunch of corroded metal bits on the ground at a farm in South Australia - nothing was moved but photographed as found. The corrugated roofing material was not rusty because it is the original solid zinc sheeting from the crumbling old limestone farmhouse about 130 years old. [link]

CARS GOT IN MY WAY































One of the annoyances in photography, for me anyway, is cars oblterating the subject I want to capture. Well at least in this instance they provide scale and a bit of interest at ground level which would have otherwise appeared as plain grey bitumen. This well proportioned former railway goods building in Bendigo, Victoria is now a 'Discovery Science & Technology Centre'. It was built prior to 1890 during the Victorian gold rush era in Australia. If only the walls could talk, imagine the stories they would have to tell. [link]

ABSTRACT SQUARES



























A collage of some of my abstracts [link]

7 Dec 2014

TWO-FACED




























My two-faced mannequin named Dorothy - good for practicing portraiture lighting. [link]

2 Dec 2014

WOODY






























An old, bleached timber barn door with a bit of texture and character in a small rural township in western Victoria, Australia. [link]

WEATHERED



































Weathered timber cladding on a side wall of an abandoned, derelict cordial factory in a small rural towship in western Victoria, Australia. The texture of the timber grain and faded paint drew my initial attention. [link]

29 Nov 2014

BUSTED SHACK























An abandoned ramshackle old timber-clad house in rural South Australia, nearing the end of its useful life due to its condition. It has been abandoned as a home and I suspect it is now used as a store, possibly for horse fodder as there were some horses grazing in the adjacent paddock. [link]

CHINESE GARDEN
























Yi Yuan Chinese Gardens at the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo, Victoria - Australia. The museum opened in 1991 and the traditional style buildings depicted here date from then. Chinese heritage constitutes a significant part of Bendigo's cultural identity with thousands of Chinese people migrating there during the goldrush in the latter half of the 19th century. [link]

CORN CRUSHING

























To walk down the main street of Maldon is a trip into the rich history of the halcyon days of the 1800s Victorian gold rush era. Depicted is part of an 1870s building that is now a bric-a-brac/antiques shop. The original faded sign painted on the corrugated iron wall reads 'DABB & CO CHAFF STORE CORN CRUSHING'. The town of Maldon is located in an historical gold mining region between the larger centres of Castlemaine and Bendigo. It has been perfectly preserved since its mining days dating from the 1850s and is Australia's first 'Notable Town' - classified by the National Trust in 1966. [link]

31 Oct 2014

SADDLERY


























An old saddler's shop dating from 1853 in the small country town of Clunes in the Central Goldfields of Victoria, Australia. This is the place where Victoria’s history changed so dramatically with the first gold being discovered here and the great gold rush was on, with miners flocking in from around the world. Clunes main street is wide and elegant, full of 19th-century shops with original store-fronts and distinctive verandahs - it has been the setting for many films including 'Mad Max' and 'Ned Kelly'. [link]

PALL MALL IN BENDIGO























The Alexandra Fountain in the centre of Bendigo's Pall Mall. It was named after the Princess of Wales and built in 1881 from 20 tonnes of highly polished granite and includes dolphins, unicorns, nymphs and allegorical figures. Bendigo in Victoria, Australia is located in the central Victorian Goldfields. As a legacy of the gold boom, Bendigo has many magnificent and ornate buildings built in a late Victorian colonial style contributing to its picturesque cityscape. It is a grand and gracious city and the place of one of the world’s most exciting gold rushes, with more gold found there between 1850 and 1900 than anywhere else in the world. The city is literally built on gold, gathered from the rich gold-bearing quartz reefs. [link]

21 Oct 2014

GRAIN STORE

























Goldfields architecture at Maldon in Victoria, Australia. The town of Maldon is located in an historical gold mining region between the larger centres of Castlemaine and Bendigo. It has been perfectly preserved since its mining days dating from the 1850s and is Australia's first 'Notable Town' - classified by the National Trust in 1966.[link]