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The Forum Theatre in Melbourne is one of the city’s best known cultural landmarks. Formerly known as the State Theatre, this iconic edifice in the CBD is an intriguing treat to architectural travellers. I get to see this building in my daily commute and the building’s details – particularly the distinctive cupola certainly always fascinates. It no longer functions as a cinema but is a popular venue for theatrical, musical and cultural performances.

The Forum Theatre (1929)
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Originally built as a movie palace, the theatre opened in 1929 and had the largest seating capacity in the country with space for 3371 people.
Architectural style: Neo-Gothic style (Interwar period)
Architects: John Eberson, Bohringer, Taylor & Johnson

Notable building features are its Moorish revival exterior, minarets, oriel windows, clock tower and the jeweled copper dome.

Viewed along Flinders Street
The Forum Theatre (1929)
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @75mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Viewed from Swanston Street
Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @300mm | 1/500s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Viewed from Collins Street

Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @200mm | 1/750s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Melbourne: Street Art

Melbourne is known for its diverse range of street art. The city’s local government recognises the importance of street art in contributing to a vibrant urban culture in that it approves permits for street art with building owners permission.

Exploring the laneways and alleyways in the city can be a photowalk adventure:
Stevenson Lane, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/15s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Croft Alley, MelbourneNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/8s @ f/4.8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

at Croft Alley, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 24mm | 1/15s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

... what is that?Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 52mm | 1/30s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Stevenson Lane, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/8s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

Perhaps a rather selfish perspective, but at this moment I thought this sign is appropriate for my aspirations for the new year: “without which it could not be” – and the possibilities are endless. Wishing everyone the best of what 2013 has to offer!

'Essential'
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 95mm | 1/15s @ f/5.3 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Merry Christmas everyone! Wishing you all a festive season and an exciting 2013!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/30s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld


Nikon D40x | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/50s @ f/9 | ISO 100 | Handheld

In March this year, the luxury liner, Queen Mary 2 visited Melbourne for a day as part of her 28-day maiden voyage to Australia (108-day world cruise). Twice the length of the Melbourne Cricket Ground at 345-metres and 48-metres longer than Melbourne’s Eureka Tower, it was certainly the biggest ship I’ve ever seen.

The day Queen Mary 2 docked in Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 56mm | 1/200s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Queen Mary 2
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 70mm | 1/160s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Some interesting facts about the ship:
– Queen Mary 2 weighs 151,400 tonnes and stands 62m above the waterline
– The ship has three 23-tonne anchors
– There are more than 50 nationalities among the 1200 crew
– The ship’s teak wrap-around Promenade Deck is almost 600m long
– The Queen Mary 2 signs near the funnel are the largest illuminated ship name signs in maritime history stretching 22 metres long and 2.4 metres high
– Queen Mary 2’s library is the largest at sea with more than 8000 hardbacks, 500 paperbacks and  200 audio books

Queen Mary 2
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Rundle Mall in Adelaide, South Australia features interesting and intriguing building facades. One of the edifices which I find fascinating is the Samuel Smith’s Building c.1887 which houses Shops 150-154. It is presently occupied by a juice bar, a hair products retailer and a coffee shop. Whereas in 1936, the three shops in the building were a millinery specialist (Goldring’s), a footware store (Lewis Shoe Co.) and an unemployed sales depot.

The building is an example of Victorian commercial architecture derived from continental European rather than British tradition which is unusual in South Australia. The decorative motifs and extravagant treatment to the facade reminds me of those narrow building facades in Amsterdam.

Rundle MallNikon E4100 | 8mm | 1/130s @ f/3.2 | ISO 71 | Handheld

...in AdelaideNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/640s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Details
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 65mm | 1/350s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld

North Terrace is the premier boulevard in Adelaide and much of the impressive building facades along the avenue have been preserved and remained intact. These majestic edifices never fail to enthrall architecture buffs and captivate photography flâneurs. My favourites are those that line the south side of North Terrace between Gawler Place and King William Street. The following photo montage features four of those buildings [L-R] – Verco Building (1912), Liberal Club Building (1924), Goldsborough House (1935) and Shell House (1931):

North Terrace (Adelaide, SA) building facades
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

North Terrace, Adelaide
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

North Terrace, Adelaide
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 28mm | 1/320s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

North Terrace
Nikon D40x | Nikon 18-55mm @ 38mm | 1/200s @ f/5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Liberal Club Building (1924)
North Terrace, Adelaide
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 32mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Liberal Club Building (1924) facade detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Goldsborough House (1935)
former Goldsborough House (1935)
Nikon D40x | Nikon 18-55mm @ 55mm | 1/100s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Goldsborough House (1935) facade detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 75mm | 1/80s @ f/5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Verco Building (1912)
Verco Building (1912) facade detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/60s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

View some of the images of these buildings from 1924 to 1950s (from the archives of the State Library of Australia and the National Library of Australia).

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