I first visited Melbourne in the late '90s when I worked at Fairfax. My time was split between The Age Building on Spencer St and our printer out at Noble Park. While I loved the people at Noble Park, I infinitely preferred being in the City. Sometimes I could steal an hour or two to wander through the laneways. I imagined living in a city that experienced all the seasons... For me, a coffee on Degraves St, sitting under the heaters outside, wrapped in a coat, and popping a blanket over my knees made me feel like a local and provided the perfect spot for people-watching.
I imagined experiencing cold Winters and wearing boots and Winter coats (which just doesn't happen in Sydney). I couldn't have known that all these years later I would end up living in Melbourne for 5 incredible years.
Admittedly the time flew by, and as always, I didn't do all the things I planned to do before we left in 2017. But I still love those laneways and visit them anytime I'm there. As a photographer, they provide the perfect backdrop for street photography.