fyxo'Once upon a time these walls were white'. Harley, Prahran Platers. .
This place reminded me of Saturdays with my Grandpa. He'd drive me around with him in his LTD with massive bucket seats to all the engineering and metal work shops. Sims metal, CBC, Middys, ALCOA, Ryans (which had an amazing zip line method of transacting) and always ended the day at Bell St McDonalds. Grandpa kept the polystyrene burger containers and used them to grow seedlings. The filth of a decades polishing at Prahran Platers is a portal to my youth and this remains one of my favourite photos I've taken. What's missing is the roar of linishing machines and the toxicity of the baths the items would be dipped in.
- tmkoo1The walls will be repainted, there will be cussing. "Who ever persisted with this work when you could just buy new?" When this tradesman passes, there is no one else to take on his craft, we will just. buy. new. The waste dumps will be full of blemishes or small cracks we wont Carr to fix. The art dies with these people and our generations inability to see value in anything that isn't new.
- velosmithAmazing photo and story. I worked for years in an electroplating shop.
- fyxo@tmkoo1 PP has already been demolished and a block of apartments now resides - with a cafe.
- swear_wordsGreat shot Andy.
- fastmouseThanks for this. Reminds me of visiting my grandpa in his machine shop, watching him compute rudimentary CAD programs off the top with a cigarette hanging from his lip, precarious ash clinging to an ember just like the machinist to a dying craft. He moved the shop out of state before I was old enough to take on the family business, but I can't help but wonder if I missed my calling by not trying harder to be involved. When he passed, I inherited his desk, replete with countless pads of paper supplied by ALCOA and other vendors. It's one of my most valued possessions, though I often have a hard time explaining why.
- rookiewelder@fyxo another great story. Tragic ending. That really sucks. Now we have another set of apartments and another pop up cafe in an already diluted cafe capital. Yippee #truth
- tmkoo1Lucky there is a cafe there. You need more space for the people that do no work and drink coffee all day dreaming up ways of "daring to be different".
- camsmith1974Anyone know where he's gone now they have gone?
- fyxo@camsmith1974 Ferntree Gully Platers. Not sure if Harley went with them.
- ranch_cyclesLoved that joint!
- petehutchisonLove this photo @fyxo - think it's my all time favorite of yours.
- senorhunnibellStill my desktop. Wife hates it @fyxo
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