interpreting old industrial Melbourne

Whilst on a trip to Melbourne in early 2018 I was able to  briefly photograph around West Melbourne  in spite of the heat. Whilst scoping the railyards  I  recalled that I had photographed in this area of North Melbourne  under the Citylink freeway and along the Moonee Ponds Creek with Stuart Murdoch

At the time I couldn't recall what year that was. I just recognised the area and I remembered walking around the area and recalled some of the images from that documentary photography photo session.  Going through the archives  upon my  return to Adelaide I could see that I had been photographing around this area  in 2012.

I also realised that I didn't really know what I was trying to do with this documentary/topographic  style of photography in Melbourne. I just filed it under road trips  and then forgot about it,  other than conceptualising it as reinventing a documentary style of photography in the 21st century.  

This time around I understood that  I was photographing the remnants of industrial Melbourne.  This was the Melbourne that I knew when I lived and worked there in the 1970s,  and it was rapidly disappearing. Melbourne had successfully reinvented itself as a post industrial city and I was wandering amongst the left over bits or debris  of industrial Melbourne. I was reconnecting with the Melbourne that I knew. 

Reconnecting to  and interpreting it with photography, rather than holding up a mirror.  Standing inbetween industrial and post-industrial Melbourne was the historical context for this body of work.   

Placing the emphasis on interpretation breaks away from classical documentary  photography as the latter places the emphasis on the essential information and the space for interpretation is small. The rupture is to place a much greater emphasis on interpretation, perspective and historically conditioned meaning.