2024 Photo Album – Mid-Week Group

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Sat 8 June 2024: State Library
Tue 4 June 2024: Chinatown
Sun 9 June 2024: University of Melbourne

Tue 6 Feb 2024 (1st Tue) – Blue Lotus Water Garden

Google Maps  https://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au/

Trust everyone had a great festive season and that you are looking forward to our regular get-togethers with our cameras for some photography and the opportunity to see something different.

Our first outing for 2024 will be Tuesday 6th February to the Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Junction. A little bit out of town, but well worth the effort.   

The Blue Lotus Water Garden spans 14 acres. It is a tropical-themed garden with more than 40 different ponds, lakes and water features which produce the biggest display of lotus and waterlily flowers in the southern hemisphere. The grounds also contain an amazing array of exotic plants, garden exhibits, fountains, waterfalls, floral sculptures and scenic vistas.

Since we last visited, there have been a few changes, the main one being that this year the 3 Sugars Café in Warburton has taken over the catering, so we will have both our morning coffee/tea and our lunch at the Gardens.

Entry fee is $22 for seniors/pensioners, we are not attempting a group concession as the money is required up front, and it complicates lunch.

The Blue Lotus Water Garden is located at 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction.

The Garden is only open to the public during summer, that’s when the lotus and water-lilies flower, hence the February date for our outing.

We will meet in the café in the Gardens at 10.30 am, and after exploring and photographing the gardens will return to the café (menu) for lunch about 12.30pm.

Hope to see you there.

For further information send email to midweekgroup@melbournecameraclub.org.au

Jim W

Tue 20 Feb 2024 – Triennial NGV Exhibition

This month we plan to go to the NGV Triennial Exhibition.

I have been there and it is spectacular.

It occupies all the exhibition space of the St. Kilda Road building. The exhibition shows the work of 120 contemporary artists from all parts of the world. And, it includes a couple of rich photographic displays: an exhibition of large photographs by the Irish photographer Kevin Abosch illustrates how you can post-process photojournalistic images to increase their dramatic impact, and on the top floor there is ‘Megalopolis’, in which 10 photographers from cities as diverse as Tokyo, Sao Paulo and New Delhi show how they see their home city.

There is so much more to see – installation art, art making as a political statement, robotics, etc.  There is something there to interest every one of us. 

Free admission.

The NGV is located at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Please come. As always, our Melbourne CC friends are also most welcome.

Time and place: we plan to meet at 10.30am in the cafeteria, on the ground floor behind the information counter on the left.

We’ll meet in the NGV foyer at 12.15pm and then proceed to lunch.

Joe H


Tue 5 Mar 2024 – Converging Lines, Architectural

Tue 5 Mar 2024 (1st Tue) – Converging Lines – Architectural – Melb CBD


Our first outing for March on Tue 5th March, will be something new.

We are going to have a themed outing: Converging Lines – Architectural

Normally we are encouraged to ‘fix’ converging lines. But for this outing, be bold!

A lens in the 10mm – 35mm range (FF equivalent) is useful to accentuate the converging lines.

Have a look on our Themes webpage for inspiration: MWG Themes
We will meet at 10:30am at Sir Osborn café at 1 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, on the corner with Albert St.
We will then explore the north-east corner of the CBD. 
We’ll have lunch at 12:30 at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition Sts.
Our booking is on the first floor.
You are free to explore other themes as well.

Bob C


Tue 19 Mar 2024 (3rd Tue) – Photo 2024 Biennial – Melb CBD

‘The Future Is Shaped by Those Who Can See It’

Our fourth outing of the year will be a little different.

On Tue 19th March we’ll be going to PHOTO 2024, an International Festival of Photography (1st to 24th March 2024).

The award-winning biennale features free exhibitions and outdoor art installations to explore across seven Festival Precincts in Melbourne.

We’ll be exploring the Arts Precinct, starting off at Federation Square. Below is a map from the program and a list of exhibits for quick reference. I suggest you click on the links and decide what you’d like to see. You may also want to explore other sites around Melbourne over the duration of the festival.

Addressing the theme ‘The Future Is Shaped by Those Who Can See It’, PHOTO 2024’s expansive program invites audiences to discover the possible and parallel futures that lie ahead, and how current actions are shaping future realities.

PHOTO 2024’s events have tours, talks, film screenings and workshops concentrated on four weekends from 1st to 24th March 2024. The events allow photography lovers at all levels to participate.

We start at 10:30am at the NGV café in the Atrium at Federation Square.
We’ll return for lunch to Beer Deluxe at Federation Square at 12:30pm

Alan S

Map & Links:

Federation Square:

1 Moustopia – Mous Lamrabat – A cross-cultural celebration of colour and joy.
2 Towards the FutureFilm on the Fed Square Screen – six artists look to the future from very different standpoints.
3 Big Sky – Adam Ferguson – Fed Square Metro Tunnel Screens
4 Dissent Atlas – Jemima Wyman – Global unrest collaged into vast landscapes.
10 Distributed Consciousness – Memo Akten – A surreal, AI-generated mediation on consciousness and intelligence.
11 My Parents on their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, 1989 – Nan Goldin – Celebrating an icon of photography.

Birrarung Lightboxes – Southbank Promenade:

5 Warakurna Superheroes – Birrarung Lightboxes – The real-life superheroes of the remote Northern Territory.
6 The Dark Current: Blue screen – Angela Tiatia – Blurring the lines between real people and imagined scenarios.
7 human + x = φ L ∐ – filip custic – Playful imagery capturing our digital age.
8 In memory of stars – Amos Gebhardt – Hauntings of history.

Swanston St, Melbourne:

12 7 Photographs That Shaped The Future – St Paul’s Cathedral – Visual turning points in human understanding.
13 Future Anterior – Blindside (Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston St, Wed – Sat, 12pm – 6pm) – Transforming how we order the past to see the future anew.
14 Scenario – Rozalind Drummond – Caves (Room 5, Level 8, 37 Swanston St, Wed – Sat, 12pm – 5pm) – Splicing time, space and collective movement.
15 Second Nature – Kaya and Blank – Melbourne Town Hall – Hiding ugly reality with fake aesthetics.

Tue 2 April 2024 – State Library Victoria – Rennie Ellis

The MCC’s April mid week outing will be to the State Library of Victoria to see the extraordinary collection of Melbourne photographer Rennie Ellis.

Ellis had a unique ability to win the confidence of his subjects and gain access and to document a huge variety of social circles. This exhibition is a collection of iconic, unseen and everyday photographs from one of our greatest chroniclers.

We shall meet in the food hall of Melbourne Central at 10:30 for coffee.  If you enter on the corner of Swanston & Latrobe streets, proceed up the escalator to the first level and then straight ahead to the dining hall/food court.

After coffee we will amble across Swanston Street to the Library to view the exhibition.

Members are also free to roam the library and see the many exhibits that are on display.

Lunch will be at the Oxford Scholar hotel, 427 Swanston Street Melbourne at 12:30pm.

Jim O’D


Tue 16 April 2024 – Fitzroy Streetscapes


Our old inner suburbs are an exciting mix of formal terrace houses, small cottages, the remnants of factories and workshops, modern town houses and flats, not to mention traditional corner pubs and narrow lanes bordered by graffiti-covered walls.
They offer a great choice of themes to photograph.
We plan to venture into some Fitzroy neighbourhoods to explore this very interesting part of Melbourne.
Time and place: We plan to meet at 10.30am at Mario’s Café/Restaurant, 303 Brunswick St. Two doors up from the intersection with Johnston Street.
After walking around that neighbourhood, we plan to meet again at The Stone Hotel for lunch at 12.30pm 
The Stone Hotel is on the northeastern corner of the Brunswick & Johnston St. intersection.
How to get there:  
Tram no. 11 runs along Brunswick St., and it can be caught in the City on Collins St. Disembark at stop 16 – Johnson/Brunswick Sts.
Street parking in the area is difficult, but there is an off-street car park at the rear of Coles
Entrance is from Brunswick St. via Argyle St. Fee: $6 for 3hours. 
Hope to see many of our Camberwell CC and Melbourne CC friends there!
Joe H

Rippon Lea Estate – Tue 7th May 2024 (1st Tue)

Our outing for the first Tuesday in May (7th May) will be to The Rippon Lea Estate.
Rippon Lea is a large nineteenth-century mansion surrounded by 14 acres of Victorian pleasure gardens. It is listed on the National Heritage Register because it is one of the finest examples of an original suburban estate in Australia. The Rippon Lea Estate’s Garden is of national significance. It boasts an abundance of beautiful trees, sweeping lawns, a lake, a look-out tower, an orchard of historically significant fruit varieties, and a windmill.
The National Trust is responsible for the Rippon Lea Estate.
Our visit will commence at 10.30 am at the gate house where National Trust volunteers will serve tea and percolated coffee & a biscuit, this is all included in our $15 entry fee.
At approximately 11 am there will be a half-hour open house when we can view and photograph inside the mansion. Please note that volunteers will be on hand to point you in the right direction and answer questions. 
Mansion visits are usually guided tours, so to have this freedom is greatly appreciated. 
After our time in the mansion, we will adjourn outside to visit and photograph the magnificent garden. 
Photos taken at Rippon Lea are for personal use and are not to be used for commercial purposes.
Lunch will be at approx. 12.15 pm at the nearby by Elsternwick Hotel, 259 Brighton Rd, where there is a large car park. 
Public transport options:
Train – the property is a five-minute walk from Rippon Lea station, on the Sandringham Line. 
Tram – route 67 to Carnegie, stop 42, Glen Eira Road, then walk east along Glen Eira Road and down (south) on Hotham Street to the property.
Bus – route 216 or 219 – bus departs from city, southeast corner of Queen & Collins Sts., and depending on the traffic takes 30-45 minutes. Stops outside Rippon Lea Estate, ask the driver to set you down at the first stop after Glen Eira Road.
And by car – street parking, there is no onsite parking.
For those coming by public transport, we will arrange a ride to the Hotel for lunch.
Hope to see you there.
Sara & Jim

To get to The Elsternwick Hotel you can either drive or walk.

To drive: north on Hotham St and left onto Glen Ira Road > Cross Brighton Rd onto Byron St > left onto Tennyson St > left onto Glen Huntly Road > Car Park.
If the car park is full, continue onto Brighton Road and park on Brighton Road.

To walk to Elsternwick Hotel:

Chinatown & Museum – Tue 21st May 2024 (3rd Tue)

As far as I can remember, we have never organized an excursion to Chinatown in the City. It is time we did, and that is where we will go in May.
This neighbourhood provides us with some very interesting photo opportunities: street scenes, people photography, shop signs, colourful displays, etc.
Also, a visit to the Chinese Museum in Cohen Place, just off Little Bourke Street.
Meeting place: We will meet in the food court of Melbourne Central at 10.30am. The food court is up the escalator on the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Sts., on the first level.
After coffee we will walk down on Swanston St. to the beginning of Chinatown in Little Bourke St.
Lunch:  After having photographed our way through Chinatown and its museum, we will reassemble for lunch at 12.30pm in the Elephant and Wheelbarrow Hotel on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition Streets.
Hope to see many of you there, including of course our friends from the Melbourne CC.
Joe H

University of Melbourne – Tue 4th June 2024 (3rd Tue)

Our outing for Tuesday 4th June will be to the University of Melbourne.
Initially we had planned for the City of Melbourne Art & Heritage Collection, at the Town Hall, but their security requirements made it too difficult for a large group. However, for smaller numbers it could be interesting, but pre-booking is necessary.
The University of Melbourne, suggested by Bob C, will certainly offer many more opportunities to use your camera with great subjects like the Old Quadrangle, the Old Arts building and clock tower, a number of contemporary buildings with very interesting architecture and The System Garden. The south lawn may also provide some photo-journalism images.
Those who have visited the university many times before may find the developments around the new underground Parkville Station and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade) of interest.
We will meet for coffee/tea at the Dr Dax Kitchen, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, directly opposite the Royal Melbourn Hospital car park entrance, at 10.30 am.
Lunch will be at the Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan St., (between Roal Parade and Swanston St,) from 12.15 pm.
How to get there: the University of Melbourne is well serviced by trams, but no trains until the underground is finished.
As the Dr Dax Kitchen is on the west side of the university, if you are coming from the city, the North Coburg tram (no. 19) up Elizabeth St, and then Royal Parade, getting off at Stop 11, University of Melbourne/Royal Parade. 
Jim W