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2011 Retrospective

I can’t believe the year is almost over. It has been a busy but fun year.  Here are a collection of photographs I’ve taken over the year. Hope you enjoy.


Earlier in the year (note – 3am on New Years Day) I thought it would be a great idea to apply for a job in Melbourne and move away from Hobart for a bit. I applied for a job later that day without actually thinking I’d get an interview but soon found out they wanted to hire me and I had 10 days to move over.  Find somewhere to live, move all my belongings over, no biggy? It was a rush and a mad fortnight of trying to spend time with everyone before I went. These images are all captured during this time.

Star trails – New years day

It was the first time I’d been to Mona Foma since it started a few years ago. Friends and I made an effort to get along to as much as possible which was a blast. I’m disappointed I’ll be missing it next year especially with word Girl Talk is playing.

All man on my pink chair…

I started a little project called The Travelling Camera. I’ve been lazy with it this year but it’s a project where an Olympus OM-2n film camera sent with a list of things to photograph to friends. So far three people have done the project and just waiting on a fourth. If you’re interested in participating in it next year, be sure to contact me.

Before I left I was rather keen to tag along on a trip up to the Great Lakes with Sam Shelley. It’s an amazing place and somewhere I hope to explore more when I one day move back to Tasmania.

During the 10 days, I had to quickly find somewhere to live in Melbourne. I flew over to Melbourne for the day to look at four places, all of which offering me leases. It worked out well and I was able to pick the unit I wanted most.

But it was soon time to pack up and move away.

Leaving Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania


Arriving into Melbourne at 6am and being greeted by 30 degree heat.

The first few months of moving over I was rather lazy and went into tourist mode.

AFL – Watching Carlton draw against Essendon. I ended up going to 7 games throughout the year which is odd as I don’t actually have a team.

Albert Park – Where I sometimes like to go running.

Drinking possibly a little too much coffees.

Discovering a new found love in ph?.

Working those star jumps…

Long exposure of traffic entering Exhibition Street (near work).

Throughout the year I had a play with some timelapse. I’m lazy and never got around to finishing the clip but here is a selection of clips captured throughout the Melbourne CBD.

Oh… And of course a yoyo clip (much to the amusement of the guys I work with who randomly came across my Youtube channel).

Shrine of Remembrance

Living reasonably close to the city, I sometimes like to run or walk home. Taken during winter as I was leaving work.

Another photo as I made my way home from work.

Back to Hobart Briefly…

I went back to Hobart for my birthday to catch up with friends and family. Having not been taking many photographs since moving to Melbourne, I was pretty keen to have some early mornings and shoot some sunrises.

Mt Wellington from the Hobart Eastern Shore.

Overcast sunrise at South Arm, Tasmania

Playing around with reflections at Eaglehawk Neck on sunrise

Back to Melbourne

When I got back to Melbourne I was asked to photograph our IT staff for the staff intranet and phone book. It was different but fun.

A friend – I like this one.

It took me a while to start leaving the city and taking photographs. I was lucky to meet some guys who shared the same interest as me so we made a few trips throughout the year.  This series is from Marysville.

Playing around at Docklands on sunset

Cape Woolamai – I took a trip down to Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island with some friends who I also went to Marysville with. It was probably my favourite place I’ve taken photos all year.

Clouds passing above during a 13 minute exposure at Elwood Beach.

And finally, another trip back to Marysville on a cold and wet morning. Probably my second favourite set from this year and a nice set to close with.


I hope you enjoyed these photographs and thank you for all the support from people who have commented and emailed throughout the year.

– Alex

Click here to view my 2010 Retrospective.


25 thoughts on “2011 Retrospective

    1. Thanks Matt! Looking forward to seeing what you came up with throughout the year 🙂

  1. Some great photos in that collection, and wishing you a great 2012 too.

    1. Thanks Martin 🙂 Best wishes for 2012.

  2. Hi Alex

    Great photography love the effects that you have achieved in the costal and forest shots

    Melbourne night shots are stunning they show how wonderful the city is.

    Keep on snapping


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Phil and your kind words. Melbourne is a truly beautiful city 🙂

      – Alex

  3. What a special year Alex.. was awesome meeting you in Melbourne and having some pints on the Rooftop bar. Lets do it again this year.. ill come down for longer and we go shoot some stuff 🙂

    I wish you all the best for 2012.. look forward to sharing the journey!

    1. Thanks so much Jack. It has been a great and busy year. I really appreciate the continual support you’ve shown and it was great to finally meeting. Hopefully we can shoot in 2012 🙂

      All the best,

      – Alex

  4. Wow!! Amazing photos, Alex! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much Melissa and you too! 🙂

  5. Love some of the coastal shots you have in this post!

    1. Thanks so much Sudheendra 🙂

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  8. Some rly nice shoot, i like a lot nature one, so full of color (=

  9. Hi Alex,

    I just moved to Melbourne from the States in August, so your blog makes me smile. My husband and I are both photographers. I’m absolutely in awe of all the places to photograph! 🙂 Anyway, wonderful blog and photos. Sounds like you’ve adjusted well to Melbourne. All the best in 2012!


    1. Welcome to Australia Amy! It’s a beautiful part of the world. You should also try get down to Tasmania (1 hour plane ride or you can take the ferry) which is a great place to visit.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. It looks like you had an absolutely incredible year.

    1. Thanks Kaishon. It was a fun year that’s for sure 🙂

  11. Hi awesome pics…some of them are stunning .I am looking for a mentor who can teach me some photography in friendly way ? I have recently started to click and love to learn more. Let me know if you if i can join you?

    1. Sure Amey. If you contact me through my contact page I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have 🙂

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