Griffiths Book Shop by golftragic

Griffiths Book Shop

Griffiths was a longstanding institution in Geelong until suffering the fate of so many bookshops in the digital age. The space has been empty for the past few years. The building next door was the administrative section of the original (livestock) Sale Yards (long since moved elsewhere).
Great shot, love the light...and the building...
September 21st, 2014  
@graemestevens Thanks Graeme, it's so sad to see what was once a vibrant space just sitting there unused.
September 21st, 2014  
Great architectural shot!
September 21st, 2014  
Awesome composition
September 21st, 2014  
What a great architectural scene! It looks like something out of our 'old west' with the long row of low brick buildings. You've processed the photo perfectly to bring out the details of the structures. I also like your POV, the way the building serves as a leading line into the frame. And wow -- what great clouds!
September 21st, 2014  
@olivetreeann Thanks Ann.
September 21st, 2014  
@888rachel @newbank @sullivar @pamknowler Sorry folks, should've tagged you for this example of whole-building architecture.
September 21st, 2014  
I hate it when book shops disappear. I love to browse. That's how I learn to read new authors.
September 21st, 2014  
How sad that such a great building should be disused! You have captured it beautifully - great pov! Love that sky! I always loved browsing in bookshops - such a wonderful smell of new books! Fav from me!
September 21st, 2014  
@ceilidh @pamknowler Many thanks to both of you. I completely agree. Griffiths had one resurrection when Collins Books went broke (went from independent of part of the chain), but just couldn't compete with online. Apart from anything else, this shop is now in the wrong part of town. Mind you, Borders also went under. Browsing's out of fashion I'm afraid.
September 21st, 2014  
Neat old building - pity it's not a bookstore anymore.
September 21st, 2014  
What a magnificent building and so sad to see that it is disused. Hope they find something to do with it soon. All the old buildings in Newcastle have been given a new lease of life in some form or other which is really lovely to see.
September 21st, 2014  
What a shame when book shops close down. Great building. The architecture looks very similar to the town where I live.
September 21st, 2014  
I love bookshops, so hate when they close down. This is such a lovely old building, so I hope they find a good use for it before the developers move in.
September 21st, 2014  
This is fab. I want to follow along Taffy's group. My mentor is @vignouse and he has really helped but it is fun to see what others are doing. Hope that is all right. This is a great architectural shot.
September 21st, 2014  
gorgeous building capture. Great sky and love the artists palette!
pity the book shop is closed. I still love my books in paper format
September 21st, 2014  
FAV this such a wonderful architectural photo.
September 22nd, 2014  
cool shot
September 22nd, 2014  
@dide Yes, but I guess time moves on and things change.
September 22nd, 2014  
@onewing You're right Babs, it is a lovely old building but it's not in 'the right' part of town nowadays. Sooner or later someone/something will move into the space - I hope.
September 22nd, 2014  
@dibzgreasley That's interesting Debs, how big is your local town? Geelong is around 200,000 in the city and suburbs. We've so far escaped 'orrible concrete towers, but I guess they'll come along sometime to blight the horizon.
September 22nd, 2014  
@888rachel Hear, hear!! I doubt the forces of darkness will be allowed to flatten this build though. Just as well!
September 22nd, 2014  
@joansmor All fine with me Joan, no worries. What are you doing in your mentor group?
September 22nd, 2014  
@ninaganci Many thanks Nina, there's quite a lot of lovely old buildings along there, but the two malls a couple of streets away seem to attract most of the shoppers. We've only got one large bookshop still operating in town now.
September 22nd, 2014  
@golftragic Let's hope they don't come! My town is even smaller about 70,000 excluding university students. We've got some ugly buildings from the 70s, lots of blocks of flats for the students mixed in with the pretty buildings. And as it is Africa, we also unfortunately have many shacks too.
September 22nd, 2014  
@dibzgreasley I'd like to think not, but I reckon within 10 years we'll have some of those excrescences too. Geelong is a very mixed city which was: 1. Victoria's original port of landing (early 1800s); 2. major player in the wool industry with lots of wool stores and associated businesses (to c1950s/60s); 3. manufacturing (which has diminished hugely in the past ten years or so. Some of the town is incredibly ugly and has a serious crime problem, some of it is solid boring middle-class i.e. like us, and a smallish portion is wannabes and now made its. Australia in general has a massive housing boom (bubble) in the capital cities and prices are astronomical, and here's one of Geelong's major strengths/weaknesses, depending on where you stand. We're only 75Km from Melbourne with a freeway and train line to/from - and relatively cheap house prices!! You can join the dots, I'm sure. Oh, there is also a regional university in Geelong so there's a significant cluster of academics (and ex-academics) and general staff, the former of whom tend to mix mainly with colleagues or friends of colleagues. I'm sure you know that syndrome.
September 22nd, 2014  
@golftragic My mentor is @vignouse and I recommended him to Kt8ird who is now with us. If he has any others I don't know. So we haven't been working as a group though I would love to work with Kate on similar assignments because I am loving seeing your different interpretations of an assignment. I know one thing before mentoring I had never made even tp and now with mentoring I had 3 pictures go pp in one week. But as an old lady he needs to repeat the same message to me several times sometimes. Like don't post because you can post. How do you like mentoring. I love @taffy and follow her faithfully. Try to pick up some hints as I go.
September 22nd, 2014  
opps @Kt8bird that is. Richard will have his hands full with the two of us we both have a wicked sense of humor. And Richard is always so serious - not.
September 22nd, 2014  
Such wonderful POV and lighting!
September 22nd, 2014  
@joansmor I'm really enjoying the group interaction, everyone has different ideas which is great for learning new things, and everyone is so supportive and constructive. Taffy is a wonderful leader and is doing a fab job.
September 23rd, 2014  
Love your work, in awe of the mentoring groups, sad about this environs being deserted. As a child, one of my favourite and exciting outings in cities was bookshops. I read this week that we use different parts of our brain for linear reading versus screen. Extrapolate - hand writing and reading books will one day be obsolete?!?
September 23rd, 2014  
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