The rise and fall of Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane

Once called Corporation Lane and renamed in October, 2004 to AC/DC Lane, well actually ACDC Lane as the registrar of streets will not allow a forward slash or lightning bolt logos to appear on any street signs, it was meant to be a tribute to the great Australian rock and roll band but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. It now has very little AC/DC content, just a few faded posters and the graffiti is not the best when compared to Hosier Lane which is a remarkable achievement in seeing how much paint per cm a wall will take.

The brick wall at the southern end of the lane showing an attractive lady standing on a stool advertising “24 Moons Bar” has been demolished leaving the lane looking quite bare. As it stands at the moment the lane is not a good example of Melbourne’s laneway culture. ┬áIt would be great to get an AC/DC feel back in the lane. At the moment the main use of the lane is for office workers in the surrounding buildings to use as a refuge for a quick smoke.

A few of the early pictures in the post were shot on a Nikon D3, the rest were shot on the Fuji X-Pro1. Street walking like this with the X-Pro and a few lenses is the way to go. I don’t quite know what it is about the Fuji that constantly makes you look forward to seeing the images on the computor screen.

 

 

The wall with the graffiti on the right is now demolished

Another view showing the end wall before demolition

 

With the end wall gone there seems to be no focal point in the lane

 

 

 

The seat for smokers

 

A New Zealander has the final say . . .

About Roger

Roger Gould, Australian international sports and advertising photographer has worked on assignment for some of the worlds leading magazines. he emerged from photographing record covers of rock and roll musicians to start one of Australia's first specialist sport press agencies, photographing tennis, cricket, golf, football as well as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Roger is a past President of the International Tennis Photographer's Association and has conducted photography seminars for Kodak in many countries. He currently works in aerial and advertising photography.
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