Ruins: Monash Homemaker Centre

Film: Kodak Portra 800

Camera: Zeiss Ikon ZM

 

So I've been meaning to check out this abandoned strip mall in Clayton for a while and finally got around to it a couple of weeks ago. It was built in the 80's and is situated on a major highway (Princess Highway) so at one point in time it was probably really busy and a popular destination. Over the years leading up to it's closure though..it became one of those shitty, ghost town malls with discount furniture stores and bad asian restaurants catering to people who love sweet & sour pork and fried rice with peas. 

It was boarded up pretty well with a wooden fence about 8ft high all around but there was a loose board around one of the sides which was big enough to fit through. Once inside, the area was actually really big...there would have been at least 30 stores in the area. I actually ran out of film half way through which sucks but I might go back and shoot the rest that I missed before they tear it all down. Interesting place... I'm glad I got some record of it before it becomes another faded memory of Clayton's past.

 

"How can we hold onto those fleeting moments in our lives? Hold onto the moments that otherwise evaporate into the forgotten past? Or moments that become faded and morphed into our own version of reality as they sit in the corners of our memories, losing their truth and shifting focus? The only way to hold onto these moments and share them for years to come, in all their beauty and truth and glorious imperfections, without losing accuracy is through a photograph."

- Rosanne Moreland