Remember a little while ago I posted a gallery of street art photographs? And remember that at the end of the post I said I'd booked a more official tour of Melbourne's street art?
Well I went on that tour yesterday.
In all honesty, I can't remember much of what was said about the art on the tour because there was so much to take in; locations, artist names, reasons for painting what was painted, people involved, the list goes on.
The tour was very comprehensive though, visiting a number of locations, only a couple of which I had already visited (the art had changed so I wasn't too fussed). David, the day's guide took our group of 5 around various points of the city. Being an artist himself, and having grown up in the scene, David is incredibly knowledgable. As well as being a tour guide for Melbourne Street Tours, he works on street art projects with councils, promotes street art as a benefit to the city, and acts as a documenting photographer, capturing the best works on the city's streets.
So without further ado, I present to you a slightly smaller gallery of images (I spent time listening and looking, less time photographing) from my tour around the city.
Here's an interesting shot for you. Over the years, paint on Melbourne's laneway walls builds up, it's hard to imagine how much though. On the corner of one of the laneways we walked down, an area of paint was peeling back, leaving the layers of paint visible.
My camera's macro mode came in handy. You can see all the different coloured layers of paint, a bit like tree rings. The depth of the paint is almost 10mm where it's peeled away.
But wait! There's more!!
Having recently discovered the panorama function on my new iPhone, I got a bit snap happy with that for some of the larger pieces. Here's a gallery of those for your viewing pleasure.
And here's one more that I took in portrait orientation.
The day ended at Blender Studios, where the tours operate from. We got to have a look around and meet some of the artists that work there. I didn't take any photos as I felt it wouldn't have been the done thing to shoot people while they worked, but I can tell you that it's an awesome place. I've not had the chance to look round a working studio before so I found it remarkably interesting.
All in all, a grand day. If ever you're in Melbourne, be sure to look up Melbourne Street Tours and book yourself a place, it's well worth it.