On our last day in Melbourne, we took the tram to St Kilda and the beach. I was warned that this particular beach is nothing like the beautiful beaches we get here in Qld on the Gold Coast. But then again, not every beach in Qld has white sand and waves either. St Kilda beach reminded me of the shores along Sandgate or Wynnum in Brisbane. And this particular day, the weather was gloomy and threatened to rain often.
It was a very dreary day...cold, sprinkling rain and breezy. It was looking rather ordinary until we reached the kiosk at the end of St Kilda Pier. As we reached the end, I took in the sights of the locals walking along the pier, fishing, or just spending time with their families. When we reached the end and I looked up at the quaint little kiosk, my mood changed and lightened. It was like being transported to another part of the world.
It reminded me of those images I had seen of the English seaside and piers. The kiosk was such a welcome haven from the cold outside. It was so inviting and when I walked inside and looked out to the the sea through those exquisitely shaped windows, and casting beautiful, soft light, gently illuminating the rustic textures and pastel white and lemon timber hues, I felt a great desire to sit at those windows and look out to the sea.
When I first walked in there were two little boys sitting at the bench table that lined the arched window. I watched them for a little while and listened and became mesmerised by the light and how it softened everything, giving it a dreamy, faraway feel. Maybe in reality it wasn't like this, but this is how it made me feel.
We took a little walk around outside the pier until the bench seat was free and returned a little later to enjoy scones and coffee. I chatted to the mums of these little boys and found out they were local. Talking to the people as you photograph, gives your images more meaning I think, because of the stories of those connected to a particular place. It also adds a certain amount of authenticity and helps you also connect with that place and its' unique stories.
Of course, the best thing about photographing when you travel is that there are no time restraints and I love just taking the time to watch people and observe. It allows you to completely relax and just be a witness to life. And I like to think about what brings people to places and what might they be thinking about. My curiosity is what makes photography such a wonderful thing, and my camera is my looking glass viewing the world like an Alice-in-Wonderland adventure.
So I hope you enjoyed these images. I hope I was able to convey just a little of the feeling I took away. I'd like to know what feeling, if any you get from these images. Have you been to Melbourne or live there? How does living in Melbourne make you feel? I'd love to know!
And lastly, these are the some of the same images above, but in black and white. What do think?
**P.S. Next week, I'll be sharing some of my street photographs of Melbourne
* Click on the above images for a full view