I found myself the other day wandering, as I have many times, through Pompei’s boatyard at Mordialloc Creek.
There aren’t all that many places locally, at least to my knowledge, where you can so freely drift within a quasi-industrial landscape, and fewer still where those who work there seem to take it for granted that you’d have a camera in hand as you do so.
Generally it is the big hulks of boats sitting at dry dock that command attention, their classic lines stripped back and revealed nakedly. However closer scrutiny distinguishes tell-tale marks of previous or current labors that are more often than not incredibly beautiful in their own right.
I am on a bit of a mission to use up some of the colour film I’ve had in the freezer for way too long, and I had my last roll of E100VS, my favorite though now-discontinued transparency film, loaded. Looking back I am really happy to have been able to use it that day - the colours and graphics just seemed to emanate from everywhere, and it was really fun and satisfying to come away with some shots I’m certain I’ll always be happy with. So, all in all, a fitting way to use my last roll.
And maybe the best thing about the boatyard is that, next time I go back, it will be different. The boats that have had the necessary work or maintenance done on them will be back in the water, and other boats will have taken their place.