Friday, December 31, 2004

Exchange Place

Shapes of blue, left behind by the buildings as they scrape away the sky.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Register Lane

When the walls are this close together, you can't help but look up...

King William Street/East Terrace, Rundle Street and Rundle Mall/Grenfell Street and Currie Street

Another "band" completed. This band of side streets and alleyways is bordered by Rundle Street and Rundle Mall (North), East Terrace (East), Grenfell Street and Currie Street (South) and King William Street (West).

With the photos I've taken so far, I've seen many familiar places for the first time. Different purpose, different eyes. Now I'm moving South, into new territory. For the rest of this quadrant of the city, I'll be photographing only a few places that I've been down once or twice. I'll be walking many of the others for the first time. Seeing them for the first time.

Photographing old friends (with whom I am now much closer) should be just as interesting as photographing new ones.

Grivett Street

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Clarence Place I

Continuing my interest in doors and doorways. The use of such a small door is beyond me. I'm sure it leads somewhere, though.

Clarence Place II

Clarence Place III

Union Lane

The only Adelaide Street directory I have is a Gregory's from 1996. A lot of changes have taken place in the city since 1996. Looking at Rundle Mall in the directory, checking to see what streets I still needed to visit, I found a street called Union Lane. I hadn't seen this Lane before and was pretty sure that it was no longer there.

I decided to do a little ghost hunting.

Union Lane is now the City Cross Arcade, covered up and over and filled with shops. They are renovating the Arcade and have pulled down the Rundle Mall facade, exposing the sides of the buildings that would have defined Union Lane. In a way, it's still there.

I wonder what other secrets lie behind the bricks and under the bitumen of this city?

Friday, December 17, 2004

Imperial Place I

Imperial Place is made up of a long, dead-end section that runs on to Grenfell Street and a smaller, dead-end section that runs off the larger section. This photo is of that smaller section.

Razor wire always gives me the creeps.

The small white rectangle below the window just left of centre is featured in Imperial Place II.

Imperial Place II

Who was J. Frank Parnell?

Why was this dirty, dead-end alleyway chosen as his memorial site?

A story waiting to be told...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

James Place I

This place closed down a few years ago. I don’t know much about it but I always wish I could have gone inside for a coffee before it shut for good. Walking by occasionally, I’ve come to develop an image of it being a dark, cosy place, in a Greenwich Village/Bob Dylan sort of way. The kind of place that I wish we had in Adelaide, rather than all these franchise affairs that seem to be popping up all over the place.

James Place II

Monday, December 13, 2004

Twin Street I

Breaking my tendency to avoid having people in my photos.

Twin Street II

In a service lane off Twin Street, running out onto Hindmarsh Square.

Twin Street III

Twin Street IV

Twin Street V

Just for the colours...

Arcade Lane I

Arcade Lane II

I've never really been interested in history, so I found it strange that I have taken such a liking to the history behind the buildings of Adelaide. Especially since buildings are such material things. I guess in many ways, it's not so much the buildings that interest but the tiny fragments of story that these pieces of history reveal to us.

BUTLERS - there's a story, right there.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

York Street I

There's a history that can only be seen in the sidestreets. New buildings continue to rise but this still remains. I wonder for how long?

York Street II

A family of bright red milk crates poses for a portrait.

York Street III

The new apartment building on Bent Street sits adjacent to the long, grotty York Street. The backs of old buildings within cyclone fencing and barbed wire on one side, bright yellow modern apartment building on the other. An interesting contrast.

Bent Street

I think these are left over from the last Fringe Festival. Looks like they have been tacked up to cover the barrier put up by the building works. I think they look great. Seems wrong to have them on display just so they can cover up something people would rather not see.

"Sym Choon" Lane I

As far as I know, this alleyway, running between Union Street and Frome Road, doesn't have an official name. The Sym Choon clothing store seems to have opened up a garage sale of sorts in its rear loading entrance. The sign advertising the sale on the Frome Road footpath announces the garage sale as being down "Sym Choon Lane". That's good enough for me.

"Sym Choon" Lane II

"Sym Choon" Lane III

Just some more stencil art. Love that stuff...

Union Street

Liberman Close

I found it odd that this upmarket residential area would have big lettering on the wall regarding its plumbing.

Charlick Circuit

When it came time to photograph Charlick Circuit, I struggled to find anything interesting enough to inspire me. The Circuit is primarily residential, clean and new. A few ghosts from the days of the East End Markets but not much of the grotty side that I tend to seek out when I'm looking for subjects. This archway was the most interesting thing I could find.

Vardon Avenue I

I don't know what this stuff is but I would best describe it as a type of foam. I have no idea what it is or why it is on the wall. Strange.

Vardon Avenue II

Just to the right of the strange brown foam. Old doors and signage continue to appeal to me.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

King William Street/East Terrace, North Terrace/Rundle Street and Rundle Mall

To manage my progress throughout the city, I've divided the city into quarters using Victoria Square as the centre. The first quarter I have decided to photograph is the North-Eastern quarter. I've further divided this quarter into bands, bordered on the East by East Terrace and on the West by King William Street. I will use the main streets and roads running East/West for my Northern and Southern borders.

Vaughan Place I

This is the part of Vaughan Place that runs off Rundle Street. Sometimes there are stalls here with people selling barbequed meat and handmade jewellery. I think all of the renovations that are going on here at the moment are letting this place slip a bit in terms of its tidyness and appeal. It appears that a lot of business here have shutdown. Our Imax cinema was down here too, but that closed years ago.

Vaughan Place II

This is Paxtons Walk, a very small walkway between buildings at the end of Vaughan Place that leads around to Ayres House and North Terrace. A nice little shortcut to my bus after getting a falafel on Rundle Street.

Vaughan Place III

I think a lot of stencil graffiti looks fantastic - depth and definition with just one colour.

Vaughan Place IV

Another L-shaped lane. This part runs off Frome Street, the other part off Rundle Street. I think they are building some appartments here, just as they are all over the East End. It's all blocked up with machinery and scaffolding - I had to sneak under a fence to get this shot.

Synagogue Place I

The other side of Market Bazaar, which has its front entrance on Centrepoint Lane.

Synagogue Place II

The teacher of a university course I did called 'Writing the City' told me that these doors orginated from a palace in India.

Synagogue Place III

Apparently, the big bluish building you can only see a little bit of on the left was once a Jewish synagogue. Now it's a nightclub called 'Church', with a great big neon Star of David above the entrance.

Centrepoint Lane

My favourite second hand book store on Magill road closed down a few months ago. Shortly before that, the Orange Lane markets in Norwood - another place where I once enjoyed searching for books - also closed down. I went in the Market Bazaar few weeks ago and found a lot of the stock from these two places here. A colourful addition to an otherwise uninteresting lane.

Apollo Place

More bins and graffiti. These two things are quickly become my favourite parts of these places. Always there, always different.