Before I started finding a niche in intrepid travel photography, I have always been fascinated with photojournalism, especially photo essays. As the saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words”, I sought to document my home with almost everyday shots but from a different perspective.
Mother & Young Daughter
Degraves Street, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Lunch At Degraves
Degraves Street, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
A Peer Into MoVida
Hosier Lane, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Probably dubbed as Melbourne’s most well-known tapas bar, MoVida has evolved from a casual eatery into something a bit more on the finer side, often requiring a booking. I was on Hosier Lane one late afternoon watching a graffiti artist in action and happened to peer into the restaurant through the window. Looks like the chefs are prepping for dinner.
Back Alley Parkour
Melbourne City, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Originated from the urban streets of France, Parkour involves traversing landscapes by running, climbing, vaulting, rolling, swinging and sometimes even wall scaling all in the name of attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. The Melbourne Chapter is relatively new and I had the opportunity to storygraph this fledgling group as they parkoured around the backstreets of Melbourne CBD (Central Business District).
This shot was taken right in the middle of a game of tag.
Oromo Coffee Conversation
Noble Park, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
To the Oromo people of Ethiopia, coffee means ‘life’. After all, Oromo is the birthplace of coffee and to what the world knows as Arabica Coffee. I was invited to share a ‘cup of life’ and to listen to Marama’s story.
Back in Ethiopia, Marama was a teacher. One day government forces came to the school and forced him, along with others, to flee the country. They walked thousands of miles to Sudan and then after a few years in a refugee camp, made the journey to Australia. I’m privileged to be involved with The Humanitarian Crisis Hub to help tell Marama’s story of survival. Others have not been so lucky in that journey but there is still hope as we strive towards raising awareness about human rights abuses for Oromo refugees as well as other citizens of the world…
A Walk In The Park
Fawkner Park, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
This is Fawkner Park, near the Toorak Road entrance. Found the trees an interesting subject and as I was about to take the shot, a lone walker appeared from nowhere. guess it was a matter of right time, right place and it gave some perspective.
St. Kilda Sunrise
St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
It was one of those cold and windy mornings where the sun was playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds, deciding whether to come out or not. Given the clouds were moving fairly fast, I thought I’d wait and see if I would be able to catch at least a glimpse of the golden rays streaming through a cloud break. I looked around and realised I was the only person out on the pier that morning. Fortunately fortune did favour the bold and I caught a break. Rewarded myself with a cup of coffee following that.
An Open Window
Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Built during the height of the Great Depression and completed in 1932, the Manchester Unity Building was Melbourne’s tallest building at that time. It’s gothic-styled architecture combined with the terracotta tiles makes it a prominent landmark at the corner of Collins and Swanston Street in the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD).
Lunchtime In The Laneway
Centre Place, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Centre Place is one of Melbourne’s famous ‘hidden’ laneways, home to cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques and various other eateries. Running between Flinders Lane and Collins Street, it also hosts some of the city’s street art collection and stencil graffiti.