Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wall Ease

It’s More Than Just A Façade

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Prahran is one of those wonderful Melbourne suburbs where there is something for everybody. The central strip is Chapel Street, which is the lodestone for tourists, cool shoppers, chic fashion, great gourmet experiences and some serious this-is-the-place-to-be karma.

I was driving down the street some weeks ago - which is always interesting because trams (trolley cars, to some of my American friends) run up and down the centre of the road - when I noticed this building.

Finding a parking spot on such a busy street isn’t the easiest task in the world, but I eventually tracked one down. I had to walk about a hundred metres to take this shot, so I was lucky that I had some coins in my pocket, because the machines don’t take anything else.

You can see why this small section of the building’s façade caught my eye. Apart from the manner in which someone has opted for bright slabs of colour on the exterior wall, there is another unusual element. You did notice the blue balcony rails, didn’t you?

And in the first photograph, did you notice the reflection (in the right-hand window) of the building on the opposite side of the street?

18 comments:

aims said...

Is this in Australia David?

The whole effect just makes you stop and look! Incredible!

alicesg said...

Very interesting and colourful building.

Golightly said...

Very Cool! what a contrast to the reflection in the window!

Epijunky said...

Very cool shot. The colors grab you, and I didn't even notice the reflection until you mentioned it. Such a contrast.

Loved it!

San said...

My DSL connection loads images rather slowly, and when these began to unfurl, they looked like abstract geometric paintings. Actually, that's what they are--just painted on the side of a building.

And yes, the reflection in the first photograph provides a little visual tension. Just enough to spice things up. The roosters do that in the second. Again, your eye for composition is remarkable.

cheshire wife said...

Very unusual. Looks more like a ship than a building.

Jo Beaufoix said...

I love that. What a gorgeous bright place.

joan said...

Looks like a fun place. Do you think that colorful poeple live there? And I did notice the reflection right away. Fun photos!

Millennium Housewife said...

I do admire your tenacity David! Wonderful photos as always, but as I've said before I'm no photographer, so the way you explain them give me wonderful insight. I know though that you're not the definitive reading of the photo so am always trying to see something else, help!

leslie said...

This is wonderful, but I'd love to see the entire building and how this facade works with the whole.

Hilary said...

Looks like the colours were supplied by Lego. :)

Bear Naked said...

David
I was wondering if you have ever visited Havana, Cuba?
If you have visited and have some phots to share, I would love to see them.
If you haven't been there before, you really should make the trip.
Even my very amateur photos don't look too bad from there.
Bear((( )))

lime said...

yep! i caught all that. love the bold colors!

AirmanMom said...

Vibrant colors-incredible!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Maggie May said...

Can't believe how bright it is. Certainly gets noticed. Can see the reflection now!

Moannie said...

Mondrian could happily have lived there. I love it...a sort of graffiti but one I could live with too.

The Mexicans say that you can throw a stone and it will hit an artist, they adore the bright primary colours in their buildings, their clothes and paintings and arts and crafts. Lovely.

fishing guy said...

David: An artistic building that must stand out from others in the area. I don't know how people decide to do this. The blue railing are really neat.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

As always, making me storpand take a 2nd look at things!