Corner Store

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.

Corner Store, Yarraville
Corner Store, Yarraville

For the above photos, I used Kodak Gold film loaded in my Kodak Retinette 1A camera.

Corner Store, Yarraville
Corner Store, Yarraville

A few days later, I returned with my Nikon EM loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film.

Corner Store, Yarraville

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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Historic Camperdown

Continuing from a previous post, Using Expired Film, the following photographs are of some of the historic buildings which are found in the small country town of Camperdown. In an ever-changing world, many small towns use their past history as a means of attracting tourists to their area.

Old Leura Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria. Built 1857-59

The Leura Hotel is the earliest hotel in Camperdown, built for P. Douglas and J. Stevenson in 1857-59. Bluestone stables were added in 1860 by a new owner D.S. Walker and used by Cobb and Co. as a coach terminal and office.

Masonic Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Masonic Hall of Camperdown is built of rubble blue-stone. It was designed by one of the lodge members, John Young. It was constructed in 1867-68 and is one of the oldest surviving, continuously used purpose-built Masonic Lodges in Victoria.

Old I.O.O.F Hall, Camperdown-built 1896

Once the meeting place of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the hall is now the home of the Camperdown Historic Society.

Mechanics Institute, Camperdown, Victoria
Hampden Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria

The above photographs were taken using Kodak Black and White 35mm print film. The camera was a Nikon EM SLR.

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Using Expired Film

As a photographer, I know that using expired film has inherent risks. However, over the years, I have used expired film and I have never been disappointed-until now!

The film I used for this project was about 20 years old. It was Kodak Black and White 35mm print film, ISO 400. It was designed to be processed in C41 chemicals. 

A card, attached to the box containing the film, has the following printed on it:

Make Time Stand Still in Black & White

  • Extremely fine grain and outstanding sharpness make this film ideal for enlargements.
  • Processed at any photofinisher with standard color processing.

Do not process in black and white chemicals.

My first impression of the film is simply it is an extremely grainy film; certainly, there is more grain than the Kodak Tri-X 400 film I have been using recently. Or, has it become more grainy with age?

Failure (shown for an example only) -the first photo on the roll.

There were a few failures like the above photo. I am thinking that the age of the film has played a large part in these failures.

A side view of the Camperdown Post Office, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

Like many towns in regional areas of Australia, there are many heritage or historic buildings, many built in the 19th century or early 20th century. Post offices played an important role for the people of these areas, often isolated from the rest of the world.

The Old Shire Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Hampden Shire Hall, designed by leading Melbourne architects Smith and Johnson, was built in 1886. The architects designed the building in a Lombardic Romanesque style. It was constructed by local contractors McAllister and Stansmore.

I must admit the old Hampden Shire Hall is my favourite building in Camperdown.

Old Court House, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Old Court House was erected in 1886-87 by W. A. Moore, contractor. It replaced an earlier wooden structure of 1859. It was designed by architect G. B. H. Austin of the Public Works Department, who designed it in a medieval Gothic Revival style.

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Streets of Footscray

I recently did a photo shoot in the streets of Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. It is a fantastic place for this type of photography.

My camera of choice for this shoot was a Nikon EM SLR film camera and I had loaded with Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film.

Railway Station

Footscray Railway Station

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1904 – Historic facade

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

 

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Antiques

The following photographs were shot using film (Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white negative film). I believe that by using black and white film it compliments my love of taking pictures of old buildings. Many of these old buildings were built in the 19th century or early 20th century, and seem to have more character than many modern buildings.

AntiquesAntiquesAntiques

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Shot on Film – Tri-X 400

I have finally finished shooting my second roll of film for this year. After reading some good things about Kodak Tri-X 400 I decided to give it ago. And, I must say, I am extremely pleased with the results.

 

Mural

Street Art

Colac Botanic Gardens

Colac Botanic Gardens

Garage Door

Garage Door

Path Along The Creek

The path Along the Creek

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Dee Cottage

The following photographs are of Dee Cottage, built in 1880, in the industrial suburb of Melbourne called Yarraville. It is considered of historical and architectural significance.

Dee Cottage

On their website, the Heritage Council Victoria, state:

Statement of Significance

Dee cottage is of historical and architectural significance to the City of Maribyrnong as a relatively intact early residence, used as a company house by the nearby Cuming Smith & Co. works and built in association with major industrial development and closely related historically to the local industries which gave it its purpose. (Criteria B2 & D2) Distinctive architectural form of the period also relatively intact and well preserved. (Criterion F1) The site has significant historical associations as a former residence of James Cuming, founder and principal of Cuming Smith fertiliser works and one of Footscray’s most prominent citizens. (Criterion H1)

Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) criteria

The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values. Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. The relevant criteria are:

B.2 rarity

D.2 good example of type

H.1 association with important person or group

F.1 design or technological achievement

Here is the link: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/28788

Dee Cottage

Dee Cottage

These photos were shot with my Nikon EM film camera using Kodak colour film.

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