Photographer's Note

Time for another photo after more than a month's absence, and the complete fading of the newness of the new year, and any promises of self-improvement.

Last week I met Santo in the centre of Melbourne to have lunch in an Italian cafe (where the young Italian waiter looks like Buddy Holly, if he's wearing his glasses and you use a little imagination) and discuss some plans for the next get-together of the Melbourne based TE members.

To get to the cafe from Young and Jackson's pub in Flinders Street we walked along Degraves Street, one of Melbourne's characteristic lanes. I remember walking along it so many times, perhaps hundreds, when I was a boy; it was the shortest route, when combined with more lanes and arcades, from the Flinders Street station to my father's tailor's workshop. In those days it had a few drab sandwich bars, but was open to delivery vans. Today, the narrow street has been closed to traffic and been taken over by restaurant tables and an ineffable air of trendiness. It teems with people every day of the week. The workshop shows a street view from the footpath, looking north past the scooter.

I had only my compact camera with me, but the sunshine and colour of this scene tempted me to take a few shots. The young woman behind the Vespa had displayed for a minute or two every sign of waiting very impatiently for someone to arrive for a rendezvous; she must have picked Clementines because it's so hard not to find it in a short street. I suppose you just say, "Meet me at the orange Vespa".

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