As a young child growing up, the corner store was a big part of my family’s domestic life. The supermarket, as we know it today, did not exist. The local grocer supplied our weekly groceries. The corner store was for buying things we had run out of, or for little luxuries, such as soft drinks, ice creams, lollies and other such items.
While the corner store still exists, many of these small businesses are struggling to compete with mega-supermarkets where so many of us do our grocery shopping these days.
On a recent trip to the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville, I took some photos of corner stores.
For the above photos, I used Kodak Gold film loaded in my Kodak Retinette 1A camera.
A few days later, I returned with my Nikon EM loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film.
The corner store in the above photo is in another part of Yarraville. I have wanted to take this photo for a while now, and I wanted to use black and white film. Its weathered boards and peeling paint cry out to be the subject of a black and white photograph.
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