Union Lane Melbourne

Melbourne Photo Diary

I’ve been inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, Alex in Wanderland, to start a Photos of the Week series on The Wanderbug. I hope that by making time for photography every week that I’ll improve much faster, and I’ll also be more motivated to take my DSLR out more often.

Over the weekend, I spent about an hour or so walking around Melbourne’s CBD. It was the first time I picked up my camera this year, so not surprisingly, I got mixed results. I’ve taken some of my favourite laneway & arcade photos from this trip and turned them into Melbourne’s Laneways & Arcades in black and white.

Which is your favourite photo? Leave your feedback in the comments – I read every comment I get and would really appreciate the feedback!

Photo 1

Melbourne Yarra Promenade
If you’re walking from South Bank to the city, don’t take the Flinders St tunnel. Once you’ve crossed to the city side using the pedestrian bridge, you can walk along the Yarra under the plane trees and Arbory Bar. When you reach the Princes Bridge, take the stairs up to Flinders St Station & Fed Square. A much more scenic route!

Photo 2

Melbourne Tram and Horse Carriage
The Princes Bridge Stairs transport you from the peace and quiet of the Yarra to the hustle and bustle of Flinders St Station. There is SO much going on in this photo, but I love that it could only be in Melbourne. To my left is Flinders St Station, and to my right is Fed Square. On the busy road, a tram passes a horse and carriage – you won’t find this in any other Australian city.

Photo 3

Australian Open in Fed Square Melbourne
The Australian Open is in full swing in Melbourne. For those who can’t attend in person, it’s being screened in Fed Square in the city. Deckchairs provided!

Photo 4

St Pauls Cathedral Melbourne
I’ve always admired St Paul’s Cathedral’s bright orange spires and their positive, inclusive message about welcoming refugees. It’s opposite Fed Square and Flinders Station, so it’s seen by hundreds of thousands of people every day.

Photo 5

Myer Centre Melbourne
I love the blindingly bright white Art Deco facade of the Myer Centre in Bourke St Mall, and the bright orange Gothic Revival spires of St Paul’s. Melbourne is full of wonderful architecture

Photo 6

Flinders Lane Street Art Melbourne
I love the contrast between the elegant facade and modern street art around the corner in this alleyway off Flinders Lane.

Photo 7

Elizabeth Street Melbourne
Elizbeth Street is lined with pastel, Victorian-style facades. I particularly liked this message in one building.

Photo 8

Royal Arcade Laneway Melbourne
This laneway spilling out of Royal Arcade is particularly cosy, and less overcrowded than Degraves St or Centre Place.

Photo 9

Royal Arcade and Centre Place Melbourne
Arcades & Laneways. Melbourne has several beautiful arcades, such as the Royal Arcade, and is famous for its laneway cafe culture. Centre Place (pictured) is opposite the more famous Degraves St, but I prefer the former.

Photo 10

Ladies in Black Flags outside Myer Centre
The feminine, ethereal flags advertising new musical about an Australian dressmaker in the 50s, The Ladies in Black, fluttering against the art deco facade of the Myer department store.

Photo 11

Union Lane Street Art Melbourne
Running between the Bourke St Mall and Little Collins Street, Union Lane is a riot of colour and probably one of my favourite street art laneways.

Which photo was your favourite? Do you have any photography tips for me? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Genevieve, I’m trying to do the same thing! My goal is once a week, too. Only I need to further it and commit to ten photos, like you have here. No matter what. There are several I like in the series here. Great job!

    • Genevieve

      Thanks Ingrid! I’ve since missed a couple of weeks, but fortunately I got out on the weekend and finally got some photos.

  • Came across your blog from Alex’s. I love those watercolour maps you do SO MUCH. I forwarded to a couple girlfriends and one wants to get one done of her honeymoon! 🙂

    My pick is either 7 or 11. Maybe 7. I also love the message of 7 and I’m a sucker for pretty building facades.

    • Genevieve

      Thank you so much! That’s so exciting to hear, thank you 🙂 I’m a big sucker for facades too, SoHo in NYC is particularly amazing for pretty facades – the neighbourhood is actually a cast-iron facade historic district, so pretty!