Sep 21, 2011
I began on Saturday with 'Southern Cross' station. I missed a special steam train with what seemed to be red rattler carriages going to Geelong; it was steaming out of the station as I was coming in. It is remarkable how many things I missed out on photographing even when I had a camera in my hands.
Sep 17, 2011
By this time I was desperately in need of a cup of tea ... but I made do with what was available at a South Yarra Station franchise; a paper cup of hot water, a teabag and quite a lot of milk. And I didn't spill it on myself during my journey to Elsternwick.
After camberwell, I took the very pretty, but very under-used Alamein Line to its terminus and walked along the old Outer Circle line, now beautified at State expense as the Anniversary Trail. That is I walked until I heard the sound of the The Monash Freeway cutting through the Gardiner's Creek Valley, and then I was stopped by the bridge at Solway St. being washed away. I was in no mood for the detour that penetrated a fairy dell alongside the creek, and I am afraid I was short with the golfers barring my way to East Malvern Station.
Camberwell station was next, and I especially wanted to photograph the long, deep curve that seems to go on forever when coming into the station; but the only good photo has a shunted train hiding behind hawthorn berries.
I remember when I thought that Camberwell was the most sophisticated station; I was impressed by the ultra modern walkways down to platform 1, complete with rockery. The station looks a little battered now, but better than in the 1980's when it and the shops on the high side were both decaying into quirkiness. Today you will never be far from coffee, shoes or sushi in Camberwell.
Sep 15, 2011
I went out as far as Laverton today, to take pictures; I have been lent a digital SLR camera and I am trying to learn how to use it. So I have decided to try to photograph as many of Melbourne's Suburban Train stations in a week as I can manage. I'll put the interesting images up here. I am limiting my brief to those stations which appear in my Val Morgan Detailed Street Map of Melbourne, which, judging by the advertisements for Valiants and Drive In Theatres, was printed in the late 1960's.
In the coming months the stations I can't get to I will tell an autobiographical story about, or make up some alternative history, or draw the station; I've got a good drawing of Footscray, in a journal somewhere.
Sep 14, 2011
Last night on a cold Melbourne evening I saw a man wandering up and down High Street Northcote clutching the front of his slightly too small short-sleeved shirt. I noticed he was also wearing jeans that didn't allow him to sit comfortably on a Tram stop and leave his arse unexposed to the chill northern breezes. Obviously an alien in a man-flesh suit, hastily acquired, a little too small; reconnoitering.
This is my desk whilst I was working on my large map of the inner city of Maversham. The spoon is an improvised burnishing tool I used to transfer the pencil on the back of the tracing paper image onto the posh paper. I was using the top of a biro, but a spoon proved more effective.