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May 11, 2014 10:14 AM   Subscribe

Meet Warren Kirk, the “Westographer” of Melbourne’s fading suburbs.

Many, many more on Flickr.
posted by Lorin (23 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy hell, here's one of Monodyne Joe's descendants!
posted by codswallop at 10:22 AM on May 11 [1 favorite]


Fuckin gorgeous mate
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:35 AM on May 11 [1 favorite]


> "I’m slightly obsessed with documenting and saving those really bad topiary and concrete gardens. They’re much more interesting to me than your average garden."

You and me both, pal.
posted by ardgedee at 10:48 AM on May 11 [1 favorite]


All I know is I think those photographs are treasures. Thanks for posting and helping me create an image of a certain time and place.
posted by rmhsinc at 12:54 PM on May 11


Amazing pictures, thanks so much for the post. These bring back so many memories and I'm grateful this photographer is capturing what is sure to be lost.
posted by goo at 2:21 PM on May 11


Fading? I wish, maybe then I could afford to buy here but with houses starting at half for a million it won't be for a while. I do love the inner west though (I'm in Kingsville) and for a lot of the same reasons this guy does. Also it's my dream to one day own a fish & chip shop shark that has 'hamburgers' written in the side.
posted by Wantok at 2:34 PM on May 11


Nice find.
posted by pompomtom at 3:09 PM on May 11


I love the west, I moved to the inner-west two years ago (renting and subsequently buying, I guess I am part of the problem?) and love the mix of what you find out here. Some friends and family hold a bias against anything over the Westgate Bridge though, which is unfortunate. These pictures are great, I need to hunt down that amazing topiary!
posted by liquorice at 3:53 PM on May 11


Beaudiful. What a great find.
posted by oluckyman at 4:24 PM on May 11


I'm a new immigrant (of a year) to Melbourne's inner west -- I lived in the inner east for the first 38 years of my life. It's been an awesome culture shock. Like liquorice, some friends and family need to be heavily incentivised to visit.

Gorgeous photos.
posted by prettypretty at 4:35 PM on May 11


Are there really CWA halls in the Western suburbs? It's the Country Women's Association.
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:19 PM on May 11


Reminds me of home.

(Adelaide)
posted by Jimbob at 6:18 PM on May 11


These are fantastic. Glad to hear they're being collected by the State Library.
posted by mosessis at 7:34 PM on May 11


I love this. He's done such a brilliant job of capturing the spirit of times going by. I love the kitschy suburban gardens and statues that were so prevalent in my grandparents' generation in Australia. They'd think nothing of putting a stone kangaroo on the front lawn or an engraving of some galahs on the front door. They loved their country in a pure and un-self-conscious way. I wish I could do the same.
posted by ephemerae at 9:53 PM on May 11


I met a bloke heading to a "come as your favourite suburb" party. He didn't appear to be dressed any differently than his usual style, so I asked what he was going as. He rolled up a pant leg to reveal a grey sock.

"Foot's grey."
posted by Wolof at 10:27 PM on May 11


"Foot's grey."

Far be it from me to bring primary school humour into a discussion about beautiful photos... but what the hell, that reminds of the joke about what Franco Cozzo said when he stepped in a bucket of paint: "Foot-is-grey!"
posted by prettypretty at 11:00 PM on May 11


The Franco Cozzo song, for your Melbourne retro-kitsch delectation.
posted by Wolof at 11:33 PM on May 11 [4 favorites]


Beautiful. I walk past this sort of thing all the time and never gave it a second glance until now. I love it when people show you the beauty in something you take for granted.
posted by lollusc at 1:49 AM on May 12


What is that awesome car in the last photo?
posted by cromagnon at 2:40 AM on May 12


Reminds me of home.

(Adelaide)


Me too. Although I don't remember Adelaide having quite as much brilliant topiary.

These are wonderful photos, anyway.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 4:01 AM on May 12


God I miss Melbourne so much.
posted by turbid dahlia at 5:27 AM on May 12 [1 favorite]


As who would not.
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:33 PM on May 12


You already live in Melbourne you big jerk.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:35 PM on May 19 [1 favorite]


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