Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
Why did I take this shot? I'll explain in a minute - but mainly this caught my eye because of the many different shapes. Straight lines? Check. Arcs? Check. Semi-circles? Check. Angles? Check. Scrolls? Check. A triangle? Check. I guess it's not often you get all that - and a monochrome to boot - in one frame.
A few days ago, I was just shooting some random scenes across the Sandridge Bridge. I was on the bridge for less than five minutes, but in that time, in a typically Melbourne way, the light kept changing whimsically. There was scattered cloud, so the conditions kept alternating between dull and bright, without any apparent warning.
As the clouds scudded across the horizon, the sun shone brightly as I stood admiring this bollard on the bridge. I’m not an architect, so I have no idea if this structure serves a decorative purpose or if it has a particular function. What I can tell you is that when the light was at its strongest, I was quickly compelled to pick up my camera and shoot the strong shapes.