Christchurch has changed a lot over the last few years. Opened in 2021 Te Pat convention centre is the main facility in the Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct. The theatre inside seats 1400 people. The exterior titles reflect the Canterbury region’s braided rivers. The architectural design is inspired by both our people and our place, with a strong design influence from the region’s mana whenua (people of the land). As soon as I can I’m planning an evening photo shoot around central Christchurch. The Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will be high on the list of buildings to photograph at dusk.
Opened in 1929 as the State Theatre this is one of the most historic theatres in Australia. It stands at the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in the centre of Melbourne. It is currently used for concerts and other performances. I didn’t go inside but will try to on my next visit to this part of the city. There was a bright red sports car in front of the building which was quite distracting. Rather than try and use Photoshop to remove it. I simply make the photograph black and white. Buildings, especially on cloudy days like this, often look quite good without colour. For those wondering the forum theatre is a sandstone colour.
At the end of Russell Street if you cross Flinders Street there is a short road next to The Ian Potter Centre called Russell Street Extension. It doesn’t look worth walking down but it gives this great view west over the train tracks coming out of Flinders Street Railway Station. I would be interested to know where this train was heading, I’d guess and say easterly towards Hawthorn but I could be wrong about that. In the background are the many buildings of the central business district on the north side of Flinders Street. This would be a cool location to practice some light trails at dusk with a number of trains going in and out of central Melbourne. Maybe something for next time.
This is the view walking along Flinders Walk across the Yarra River towards the Southbank precinct of Melbourne. The tallest building you can see is Eureka Tower. 297 metre tall skyscraper and home to Melbourne Skydeck on the 88th floor which is the highest public vantage point of any building in the Southern Hemisphere. This recent visit I didn’t make it up to the skydeck but I have been up there in the past. Other buildings you can see in this photography include many hotels including the Quay West, The Langham Melbourne and the Mercure Melbourne Southbank. Whilst the weather wasn’t quite as sunny as it was back 2012 at least this 2023 photograph is includes a little more of the Yarra River.