Brighton beach houses, or bathing boxes, give life & colour to the otherwise uninteresting Brighton Beach in Victoria. They are known to be one of the more famous landmarks of Melbourne, they attract International visitors every day of the year. For many years in the late nineteenth century, Brighton was Melbourne's favourite seaside destination. Brighton is located in the City of Bayside, which has 17 km of foreshore to Port Phillip Bay. Nestled on Dendy Street Beach, the Brighton bathing boxes are a popular Bayside icon and cultural asset.Bathing boxes and boatsheds are intrinsic to Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Much has been written about Victorian morality and its impact on how people went about bathing and enjoying the seashore. As a result of this morality bathing boxes had their origins not only in Australia but concurrently on the beaches of England, France and Italy. European bathing boxes exist to this day.
The 82 Brighton bathing boxes are unique because of their uniform scale and proportion, building materials, sentry order alignment and a Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay on a beach owned by Bayside City Council. As simple structures, all retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs. They remain as they did over one hundred years ago, as licensed bathing boxes. No service amenities such as electricity or water are connected. Although approximately 1,860 bathing boxes, boatsheds and similar structures are located around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, the Brighton bathing boxes are the only remaining structures of their kind close to the Melbourne central business district.
As a functional remnant of a bygone era, they provide a cultural and historical resource that is constantly being photographed, painted or drawn. Licensees choose to differentiate their bathing boxes with minor structural, artistic and colour variations. When viewed together they turn the beachscape into a collective work of art that can change by the hour according to season, light and colours.
Taken in the company of Alfred (alftrek).
In WS have posted a wider view, taken December 2008.
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Morac (27723) 2009-07-28 16:02
J'aime beaucoup : c'est colorié, c'est graphique et la présence de ces oiseaux noirs est sublime.
daddo (26874) 2009-07-28 16:09
Ciao Santo. Bloody hell, you have trained the ravens well, stone the crows! Most unusual shot of these oft photographed bathing boxes. Excellent perspective and splendid colours. Gives the film The Birds a different setting.Imaginative work. Regards. Klaudio.
SteveH (6269) 2009-07-28 18:27
Hi Santo, You can't fool me. I know that these are seagulls that you've painted black in PS :-). good shot of these iconic Melbourne buildings and the birds nicely differentiate this image from the many others. (I've been expecting to see something from Larundel from you - very different to this cheerful image). cheers, Steve
nivaldo (15417) 2009-07-28 18:29
It looks colorful and very nice!
A good flagrante, well captured.
burraburra (1219) 2009-07-28 20:26
Mint Slice - Very Nice.
Colours on theses bathing boxes are fabulous.
Three boxes, three crows, three gulls.
Nicely composed. Cheers,
aadilj (18102) 2009-07-28 21:28
I like the bright and vibrant hues and the fresh looking mood in this nice and energetic composition
PixelTerror (0) 2009-07-28 23:41
The beach cabins are very nice with their bright colors and the view is luminous, getting the 3 crows on top of them is a bonus
Have a nice day jY
mkgoyal2004 (837) 2009-07-29 0:07
Hi Santo Girotto,
You have beautifully captured the houses. Crow sitting on each house is looking interesting. Vibrant colors are enhancing the beauty of the photo. Congrats.
ktanska (28022) 2009-07-29 0:50
Intensity of those colors is wonderful. It's great that such vibrancy can still be found there. Tight framing works well and those birds are good extra details.
wolf38 (31296) 2009-07-29 1:09
Hello santo. The multicolored timber buildings including the crows are a eyecatcher of first class. Outstanding. Informative Text. Best regards, Wolfgang.
siamesa (28121) 2009-07-29 1:10
These bathing boxes are lovelies with this attractive colours.Very interesting your note about this place and these type of beach houses. Congratulations.
pauloog (11751) 2009-07-29 1:19
A pleasant view in fine bright summer colours and well composed.
The birds bring the scene to life...
Well seen and well executed.
alftrek (3270) 2009-07-29 1:31
A nice composition with just 3 of the bathing boxes and the ravens. I took a similar view with 2 ravens only. The tight crop here manage to eliminate most of the shadows cast by that lamp post. Ideally I would like to see the box with the strong colours of the Union Jack but its colours are somewhat dull due to the shadow. May be we should have waited longer fot the shadow to go away..:))) Not sure whether you feel the same way. In any case, I think you made the most out of that situation to produce this fine shot with the distinctive ravens on the boxes. The light was good though.
I enjoyed your company and the Carlton beer.
paololg (31448) 2009-07-29 4:42
Ciao caro Santo,
le nostre cabine in spiaggia sono decisamente più piccole e anonime, forse perchè servono solo per cambiare il costume da bagno. La tua fotografia è molto bella, piena di colori e bene animata dagli uccelli sul tetto. Una bella immagine estiva!
Ciao, spero voi stiate tutti bene!
lousat (92808) 2009-07-29 11:38
Hi Santo..what a very nice and humorous beach pic! You was lucky whit the crows..ehehe..they seem copy the seagulls paints in the cabin! Very top quality sharpness and beautifuls colors too! My best compliments,ciao,LUCIANO
Clementi (52514) 2009-07-29 12:24
bellissimi i colori, i tre uccelli sui tetti sono fantastici, ma quanto hai aspettato per vederli così.
jafadabret (56501) 2009-07-29 23:53
La composition est magistrale, les couleurs sublimes et le graphisme excellent mais l'originalité et le charme de cette prise ce sont les trois oiseaux qui semblent avoir choisi chacun une demeure.
Disabled_A (0) 2009-07-30 4:46
Ha ha! :))
excellent capture! three houses with three birdies on top of each house's roof! LOL And I like the different colours which make the image very picturesque... and a bit unusual - thanks to the little birdies ;)
holmertz (54235) 2009-07-30 13:21
This would NOT have done equally well in b&w, and it would NOT have been the same without the ravens.
A superbly amusing and colourful picture. Yummy for the eyes.
CLODO (34696) 2009-08-01 10:28
Bright colours and cherry on the cake, the 3 crows on their tops
Thank you for sharing
pablominto (53746) 2009-08-01 22:24
Ahhh, those were the days, when beach houses were in demand for changing clothes hahaha!
Today they make up colourful photo subject, and a nice place for the crows to rest... In fact I'm surprised to see crows and not gull as painted on the door...
Colourful indeed, well framed and good details!
rodgerg (55767) 2009-08-03 0:27
Excellent shot. The desicive moment well collectyed with the three birds on the coloured little houses. Nice colours, beautiful contrasts and POV well selecetd.
Have a good week,
jhm (154490) 2009-08-03 4:14
Every one his own house, this certainly for the crows.
Nice colourfully picture with the different small beach houses. Quiet, soft and pleasant for look at.
Excellent compositon lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Silvio1953 (145533) 2009-08-03 11:05
Ciao Santo, fantastica, belle le tre casupole in legno coloratissime, ciascuna sormonyttata dal suo uccellone nero, composizione da sballo, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
shevchenko (20548) 2009-08-04 1:38
What a humorous view with every house owned by a bird, lovely colorful houses, good pov to show it, blue sky and sunlight make the view more attractive, distinct color, good shoot.
saxo042 (37898) 2009-08-04 12:14
A very good observation, you were really here at the right time to makes this picture of all birds. Very personal colours of these beachhouses!
PaulVDV (29527) 2009-08-06 2:30
Very beautiful colours. Instead of with seagulls (like painted on the doors of the first beach house) the place is visited by crows. The tree birds on top of the houses are a very important detail of this beautiful picture.
Your note about the beach houses is absolutely interesting.
Best regards, Paul
Kielia (24077) 2009-08-13 11:38
a wonderful composition accompanied by an excellent note. I have already seen here many impressions of these famous boxes but this one is a highlight! And of course I also enjoyed reading the many humorous critiques you have caused so nicely! Bravo!
- Copyright: santo girotto (skippy007) (12510)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-08
- Categories: Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom, 72 mm Circular Polariser HOYA
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Aaah! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-07-28 15:57