Graffiti Alley

A couple of years ago, I had the chance to spend some time in the city that I grew up in - Melbourne in Australia. It has moved on a lot from the very British outpost with great weather that I knew as a kid - and has plied it’s own course. It is not a real melting pot of almost every nationality and ethnicity you can imagine calling it home. This means that that there are vibrant sub cultures all over the city, something that has seen the downtown area get a life all of its own. When I first started working in the city centre over 30 years ago, it was dead at night, whereas today it has all kinds of attractions and a constantly growing residential population. 

In one of the side alleys - between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane there are some back alleys where the local council has decided to positively promote graffiti - and I was very happy to photograph the results - it is quite incredible. I had a Leica My, a Leica Noctilux lens and a roll of Kodak Ektar 100. This is what I got. ……


Bright wheelie bins..


The Vespa looks positively boring next to this.


Nobody seemed to mind the language, in fact it looked good.


Even the bigger bins had a go.


Lone milk crate. Feeling pissed off it didn’t get painted. Patience my friend.


Still some blank space on that wall.


More wheelies.


The end - the corner onto a main street.

© David Runacres 2014