As I sit down to type this, it’s just ticked over into the early hours of Easter Sunday. It’s been a nice weekend so far. For the first time in over a decade, Jason and I have a major holiday all to ourselves. No work, no long drives, no obligations. It’s our first plan-free Easter and I’m loving just making things up as we go along.
Saturday’s plan was simple – buy ourselves some chocolate, and go to Bunnings. That’s a hardware warehouse with a garden centre for those of you not in the know. Summer was unrelenting so I need to replace pretty much all of my plants as well as inject some new quirkiness and colour into the garden. But I’ll get to that in another post. We settled on a trip to Grill’d for burgers, followed by a quick visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Company store. Definite improvement on bracing a shopping centre for sub-par broken Easter eggs.
I was interested in snapping some pics of Easter shoppers and seeing if I could capture anything interesting so grabbed my old favourite, the ‘nifty 50’ Nikkor lens. I love it, but boy, I can’t wait til I get my 35mm. I have a crop frame camera so a 35mm works like a traditional 50mm, the go-to lens for street photographers of old.
We avoided the main shopping craziness of the malls though and stayed up the west end of town, around King st, Murray st, and Queen street. Afterwards we drove west down Hay st, then left onto Milligan st before making our way east along St Georges Tce, the Esplanade, and Riverside drive.
Why am I telling you this? Well I’m really into the pictures that Museum of Perth have been tweeting of our city. I’ve taken loads of photos growing up, but I realise that I’ve never taken enough pictures of the little things in the suburbs and the changes that take place around the place. A skyscraper shot every few years from Kings Park doesn’t really capture the things we live with every day… where we shop, the signs, prices of things, what we’re wearing etc. The pictures we love most of our city and the past are pictures of buildings and cars and shops and people going about their lives. If we don’t photograph the everyday stuff now, nobody will know what was ‘everyday’ thirty years from now. Or even fifteen years from now.
I regret not taking photos of the Hay street mall as it looked when I was a kid and in my teens. Of the cinemas and the basement McDonalds by Cinema City. The Alchemist in Fremantle with their awesome wax encrusted candelabra. The inside of the Subi Pavillion markets. Phone boxes! That I never stood on the platform of the West Midland train station I used for 20 years and photographed the neighbourhood. I have more pictures of these sorts of things than other people I know, but not as many as I’d like.
That stops now. It’s time to photograph the little things. The things you think are insignificant now, but you’ll miss in a few years. Like the photo I took of my friend when we were 13. We were standing outside the Solo petrol station on Spring Park road in Midland because a blonde guy we liked called Chris worked there. The petrol was only 60-70 cents. *sigh*
Anyway…. new photos:
Wow… it’s after 1am now, so I’m heading off to bed. Hope I inspired you a little. Good night and have a great Easter…or a great long weekend… depending on your situation.