Melbourne is a city like no other. We are known all around the world for our sense of style, sophistication, cultural diversity and genuine nature. Our landmarks are unique and represent our individuality within a world that is becoming smaller and smaller by the day.
But how do we capture this sense of identity? How do we expose our inner-most secrets and beauty to the rest of the world? Sure, you can read newspaper articles, blogs, watch documentaries or movies based in this wonderful city. But short of visiting this glorious city in person, one will never truly experience what Melbourne has to offer unless they immerse themselves deeply within every subculture. But if this is not possible, what is the second best thing? The short answer, is by experiencing Melbourne through professional (and to a lesser degree, amateur) photography.
Photography gives us the ability to not only capture, but also enhance whatever attributes or features the person behind the lens desires. It allows subtle manipulation and control of the ultimate outcome – which is to create and distribute both wonderful art and beauty. When I say ‘manipulate’ however, I don’t mean in a false or misrepresented sense. What I’m referring to is simply to encourage the viewer to experience what they might in real life, instead of merely what can be portrayed via the visual, without taking into account the other senses that would otherwise be ignited in person.
Take for instance the unique experience of walking along the Yarra River at night, especially when meandering past Crown Casino as their magnificent Gas Brigades – torches of fire which ignite every hour on the hour from sunset right up until the early hours of the morning, until their climax at the final Gas Brigade – a spectacular show of fire against the night sky.
Melbourne is also home to much wonderful architecture and historical buildings which date back to the early 1800’s. Whether you are viewing one of our old churches, the Old Melbourne Gaol or more recent landmarks such as Federation Square, there is much to be seen and experienced along the city streets. Flinders Street Station is another example of what marvels exist within the Melbourne CBD, with its historical platforms and iconic entrance on the corner of Flinders Street and St Kilda Road/Swanston Street.
Although many cities around the world boast their own unique district known as China Town, Little Bourke Street in Melbourne is truly something special. Immerse yourself in a range of various Asian cultures and cuisines, such as the numerous ‘Dumpling Houses’ which line the street and never fail to pull a substantial crowd. No matter what night of the week, you can be sure to find a flurry of activity along the brightly lit and decorated section of Little Bourke street, which is home to China Town in Melbourne.
Fancy some downtime? Longing for a chance to stop and smell the roses? Want to get back in touch with nature without leaving the comforts and convenience of the city? Then why not check out one of Melbourne’s numerous parks scattered throughout the city. Here, you can visit Captain Cook’s cottage, view the magnificent flowers which grace the Carlton Gardens, or simply take a stroll through the leafy green walkways at the Botanical Gardens, lining the Yarra..
No matter what you choose to do in Melbourne, you are going to want to capture and share your experiences with your friends and family back at home. Likewise, if you’ve been dreaming about visiting this great city, and want to see what wonders lie ahead, then the imagery is a key part of the experience. We need people to capture and share these sights and scenes with the rest of the world. And to document the changes as they occur throughout history. This is why photography is so very important for this city, so that we may preserve such moments and attractions for generations to come.
One of Melbourne’s great photographers is Scott Morton, who has been taking wonderful photos for years in and around the city. It’s professional photographers like Scott, and many others, who preserve the history, colour and brilliant uniqueness of Melbourne for the rest of the world to admire.