I have only been to Melbourne once; this was back in the days when I was young, dumb and on a shoe string budget. Back then Melbourne was just another city with funky new architecture that is not all that present in Sydney. Last weekend I returned to find much more on offer and found the city to be more refined, smart and unique to other cities I have visited. Up every street and laneway there were places to eat and drink seemingly hidden from the main streets, music could be heard from all areas of the CBD and street performers seemed to be on every corner. The discovery on every corner is amongst the vibrant modern architecture that respected history but provided the city with a modern direction.
This weekend just happened to be the start of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week that was evident and all over the Melbourne CBD. From Collins Street to Bourke Street the Vogue Fashion Night OUT #VFNO was evident to see. On this night many labels were offering discounts, shopping with sparkling and events to entertain the fashion conscious.
For me, it was an opportunity to get out late in the evening and explore the CBD through my lens. What I saw was the people, their movement, their style, and laughter and at times I thought I was back in Europe, enjoying a freedom that is has been lost in Sydney.
The sad contrast as what occurs in all cities is that the music, champagne and festivities was only a stone throw away from a young girl in white sitting in the cold a whole world away from the Melbourne I speak of. High fashion seemingly walking passed the homeless. $5, a smile but in return only a cold stone faced stare with deep eyes piercing into the distance clearly looking at a different world. Did I do my part? No, as it is never enough.
All street photography must be kept simple, light and discreet. A small, light camera in my hand ready for a moment to capture. The images captured with the Olympus OMD E-M5 and 45mm 1.8 prime lens.