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Old April 27th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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Autumn in Melbourne's bayside playground, St Kilda

Compiling a recent series of my own photos of autumn in St Kilda (where I live), and originally posted on the Aussie forums.

A mix of grunge and fashion, live music and the arts, St Kilda is one of the most significant inner urban areas in Australia, both historically and now. It attracts untold thousands of visitors.

Photos cover the main outdoor dining strip of Fitzroy Street; the beachfront and skyline views from there and from nearby Albert Park Lake; the fashionable boutique strip of Acland Street, and ... oddspots, and life in general.



























































































































































The heavy haze in many of the skyline pics was due to burning off of secondary growth in many of the State's forests, and blanketed the city for almost a week. It's a summer bushfire prevention measure.




Returned serviceman's club in old mansion on residential street, presently closed and hopefully in the process of rescue.






















































just behind it, St Kilda Park Primary School













and Albert Park Lake

























home. my street





Second post series - Acland Street:













actually The Prince of Wales on the corner with Fitzroy St








this is child abuse ... in Acland Street














































































































Approach from The Esplanade









Prince of Wales Hotel, another famous live music venue










Local architecture, Canterbury Rd











St Kilda Park Primary again - very good school









hmmmm, interesting little old carthouse door in a laneway nearby: wonder what the other side is like?







ah, teenagers bedroom with a loft







That, is a storm- shattered glass-top outdoor table hanging on the wobbly fence.








Back to Albert Park Lake





Night photography is a bit poor. It's not raining, this is Tolarno Restaurant, famous for its Mirka Mora wall murals.





about opposite








The Elephant and Wheelbarrow, Fitzroy and Princes Streets:






Wednesday night, and the African drumming lessons are as crammed as the local belly-dancing classes. The African Drum shop is on the laneway intersecting with Grey St, just behind The George Hotel, another famous venue.







Hairdresser across the alley is not quite as smik as those on Acland Street - but the sign does say they do dredlocks.










Never been in here, but Danish Blue Adult Centre has been there in St Kilda much longer than we have, and we moved in in 1983 - 25 years ago.







The camera does lie: the Regal's sign, which I mentioned before, is much more hot red than this, and dominates that section of the skyline.







Some years ago this stretch of road was one of the proposed sex workers' tolerance zones. The proposals never got off the ground due to local opposition - it is shortly to put a second skateboard park on the corner.






and still lots of sports training under floodlights in the park just below. Gives the whole area an eerie glow. Put it this way - St Kilda is no place for astronomy !






more from around Albert Park Lake (Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit in March each year)





















Moon defeats auto camera at southern end, and neither moon nor colours come as good as real life.








Balencia and Lucient appearing:















That's it. Bronte
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Old April 27th, 2008, 08:25 PM   #2
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Oh my GOD wow. Just when I thought Melbourne couldn't get any more amazing...
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Old April 28th, 2008, 01:09 AM   #3
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This looks fantastic!!!
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Old April 28th, 2008, 04:52 AM   #4
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a few i forgot:





















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Old April 28th, 2008, 05:05 AM   #5
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Great shots. Melbourne is quite beautiful. If I visit I don't want to miss it.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #6
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Great threat -- great pics -- great city!!

I don't go to St. Kilda as much as I should. Such an interesting part of Melbourne.
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Yet another Ozscrapers immigrant! You'll get yourself a glowing reputation here with threads like this Bronte.

When's Pepe making his world debut?
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Great pictures, thx for sharing
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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #9
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Yet another Ozscrapers immigrant! You'll get yourself a glowing reputation here with threads like this Bronte.

When's Pepe making his world debut?
Thanx for the appreciation Gappa.

I'm afraid Pepe La Bront cannot be summoned at will. He just sort of appears, unbidden, in moments of excitement or outrage.

I have high hopes of seeing him when the final designs of CUB or the Power Station site are announced.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 01:53 AM   #10
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You've captured the character of St Kilda well, Bronteboy!
Well done again.
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HOLY SHIT!!!


I never knew the skyline was that amazing!!


By the way, your home street seems cozy!
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Old May 1st, 2008, 06:33 AM   #12
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I am going to call these three photographs 'St Kilda Interiors'. By Bronte.





not as neat as some i've seen on the Aussie forums, but ...there ya go.








And This, posted previously, was on once a man's private writing space and a friendly home to an air guitarist and 1960s music. Then, would you believe, teenagers started coming home with boyfriends and girlfriends, and kicked him out of it.

What an absolute frigging disgrace!

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sweet!

your street is looks pleasant
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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:07 AM   #14
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'Guitar Mood', by Bronte.

That, is a 46-year-old Harmony H75 with treble DeArmond pick-ups stuck up there for your specific appreciation. It once played some of the roughest Town Halls in Melbourne.





But this is a panorama of about the entire workspace that poor bugger is reduced to now. It's his feet in the foreground of the first picture!



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Old May 17th, 2008, 05:12 AM   #16
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Everything's Kosher on St Kilda's Carlisle Street

Bump: transferring for SSC viewers a thread from the Aussie forum showing another distinctive area of my inner bayside home suburb of St Kilda.

Separated from the beach areas (prior posts) by the broad plantations of Brighton Road, Carlisle Street passes St Kilda's very handsome Town Hall and runs into the heart Melbourne's large Jewish community districts, an area filled with a character.

Starting at the Town Hall:















With the book-shaped facade of the Library opposite:






The street becomes Balaclava Road - the 'downtown' of the leafy suburban Jewish districts a block later, and immediately takes on a flavor all of its own.






Melbourne has one of the largest Holocaust survivor communities outside Israel - next largest to New York it is sometimes claimed:











There's a very fine Jewish Museum and one of the city's largest synagogues on a hill nearby, but were sticking with the Carlkisle/Balaclava commercial hub of things here:







and emotions....






Hole in the wall sidewalk coffee shops, bakeries







A poster on the Aussie forum thinks the guy with the dog is a local TV star and performer named Belvadere, but since i barely watch TV i wasn't aware of it.





There's city-commissioned street art on both sides of this railway bridge, featuring the lost ship after which the suburb was named:











and there's usually buskers:






winding up before Sabbath:



















There's a very large ultra-orthodox Hasidic/Lubavitcher community here which seem to be centred around the nearby Yeshiva College. I'm not Jewish and felt a bit abashed about photographing the men in religious garb.


That meant I've missed the tall, dignified and bearded older men in their wonderful variations of fur hats and robes, and orthodox young boy scholars with their hair locks. Maybe I'll get some of that on a Sabbath visit later - maybe not ... see how it feels.







anway, its a polyglot mix of old and modern:






The women of Melbourne's Jewish community seem to be either very sassy or very old - and sometimes both.























I just missed this guy walking for 50 yards with his hand squeezing her bottom. I was distracted - somebody had asked me if I was a private detective, but in the friendliest way, of course.



























The heart of Melbourne's Jewish community runs from East St Kilda up into Caulfield and surrounding suburbs/localities. In this area there are many Jewish schools and day centres, hospitals, aged care homes and other community institutions.







Yeshiva College men:








Small dogs are another big feature. Every dog has an old lady in a fur coat to carry it around - but I think this one's old lady has gone to get him a creme cake.






There are several other commercial strips of similar flavor, but this is the best of them. And that's it. Bronte
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Great pics, Bronteboy! What a cool area to live...
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we drove through this area last Sunday

Good collections Bronte... i am always too nervous to take photo of people...

you captured the area very well... !
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Yes, the people pictures are a hard call Ali - but, at the end of the day, I feel it's people who make the place.

I sometimes ask people if I can photograph them, and explain what it's about - picture essay for an urban website. Smiling helps a lot, but sometimes I take sneaky pictures from behind, or at a bit of distance with zoom.



The tall death's-head guy in the centre of this pic - who had a gothic cross tattooed on his throat - warned me away:



I ASKED this trio at the Prince of Wales if they would mind, and got this result:




But sometimes you really want the spontaneity of a 'candid camera' shot - like this lovely little kid and his mum outside the cake shop.




I hung around taking a few shots of this guy in the centre of the in the hole in the wall coffee place, and he didn't seem to mind at all. Later I found out from another forum poster that he was a minor TV personality (named Belvadere) - probably loved it!





On Carlisle Street, taking photos of the really ethnic/religious-dressed men did feel a bit 'touchy' - and I'd have asked if I had the opportunity, but didn't.

I got a couple of glinty looks ...








and I gave that up. As a result I couldn't get any shots of the rebbes in their wonderful garb, and who all look like they have the wisdom of Solomon. A real pity - I'll try asking next time, but truthfully they don't feel all that approachable to a goyim outsider.

Carlisle Street was where I got asked if I was a private detective. But, a smile will usually get you anywhere: most folks are friendly. And if not - run!


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OK - I will try

people thought I was just a silly Asian tourist - sometimes that helps...

BTW - nice design of Library... !
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