Recently my sister and I spent a long weekend in Melbourne. As long time tennis fans our plan was to hit up the Australian Open. When I was in high school I played competitive tennis and even captained the school tennis team. Go me! I also remember spending long summer days inside the house, the air conditioning on full blast and the TV tuned into whatever station was broadcasting the Australian Open. I loved watching Pete Sampras play, I even had Pistol Pete’s pictures stuck on my exercise books!
We had tickets to the quarter finals and before the match spent the whole day wandering the Australian Open grounds, seeing the likes of Nadal and Tsonga on the practice courts, eating fried foods with all the other tennis fans and waiting eagerly to enter Rod Laver arena for the main event.
So it’s strange then that the photos below have nothing to do with tennis. For some reason I found myself more interested in carrying the camera around and capturing the details of the city around me. I absolutely loved Degraves Street with its amazing colours, textures, cafes and people. We had breakfast there twice and a lovely dinner on a Saturday night. Then there was the awesome graffiti in Hosier Lane, the love padlocks on the Yarra footbridge, watching tennis in Federation Square, wandering the Queen Victoria Market and taking a stroll through Chapel Street . I can’t wait to travel more and explore the world through my lens.