Sportsmen often talk about "white-line fever", where a player becomes a different person when he crosses the sideline to enter the field. I've known a couple of footballers who were the nicest people off the pitch, but were regarded as absolute lunatics at match time. Recently, I have been suffering from "white van fever" - that's where everything that I go to photograph has a large white van parked in front of it. In one recent instance, it was a huge white passenger coach that I had to contend with! Grrrr! Nothing sucks the pixels out of an image more than a large white blob in front of the subject. The viewers' eyes are drawn to it like a giant zit on a pretty face - it's too ugly to look at, but you can't keep your eyes off it! Today's old photo shows the corner of Creek and Elizabeth Streets in 1895, looking south along Elizabeth towards Edward St - click for a larger image.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #APO-031-0001-0002)
The building on the left is the now-demolished Dalgety Building, and further along Elizabeth St can be seen St Stephen's Cathedral. A beautiful horse and smart-looking carriage are outside Dalgety's, while a couple of Clydesdales are pulling an extremely strange load around the corner into Creek St. I could not possibly even hazard a guess at what is being transported! And I am having difficulty in coming to grips with the light pole in the foreground, which carries an extraordinary number of insulators on its crossbeams.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)
The only identifiable structure that remains in my recent photo, above, is the cathedral. It was a grey, overcast day when I took this picture, but fortunately, no white vans or coaches! Serenity now! :-)
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