Retake Melbourne : mobile application for re-photography and comparative imaging research

McArdle, James 2013, Retake Melbourne : mobile application for re-photography and comparative imaging research, Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Melbourne, Vic.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Retake Melbourne : mobile application for re-photography and comparative imaging research
Creator(s) McArdle, James
Contributor(s) Eales, Justin
Strizic, Mark
State Library of Victoria
Year presented 2013
Year created 2013
Publisher Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Material type online system or service
Resource type multimedia
Description of resource A mobile device software application accessing photographs by Mark Strizic from collection of the State Library of Victoria for comparative image research
Keyword(s) architecture
urban studies
comparative imaging
Summary A project of interpretive and comparative re-photography, making use of the collection of Mark Strizic's images and the documents related to his career, held by the State Library, as a basis. Strizic died in 2012. It is now 50 years since his work began to illustrate the period of the 1960s when architecture of the Gold Rush era coexisted side-by-side with, and was being replaced by, curtain-glass high-rise office buildings. It is the position of the researchers that not sufficient attention has been given to Mark Strizic’s reaction to what he saw as a plague of ugliness pervading Australian city-scapes, developing a distinctive aesthetic that in turn made his work useful to commentators like Robin Boyd and David Saunders. Strizic operated from a unique perspective as a migrant with an architectural heritage from his father Zdenko, prominent architecture professor in Croatia, and visiting professor of architecture at Melbourne University in the 1960s. Precise re-photography alongside creative work will enable a comparison of Melbourne now with fifty years ago. The public will be able to participate in and contribute to the project via a crowd-funded custom-made app. Half a century has passed since Strizic made his photographs of Melbourne. In so many cases buildings have disappeared or altered, streetscapes have changed and the appearance of Melburnians have changed as have their habits of using the city. A selection of Strizic’s photographs of Melbourne locations can be rephotographed by the public using the methods devised by Mark Klett, assisted by the app software. This will provide a core of documentary imagery of benefit in framing and completing the rest of this project and to future research through comparisons over the time span. The app enables the location on a map of the site and orientation of photographs taken by Strizic. Photographs are downloaded onto users’ devices from the online SLV Strizic picture catalogue. They appear in the app as transparent templates so that users can line up their own re-photograph with accuracy. They will be able to upload their resultant images to a server and they will be available to the Library as an archive enabling direct comparison with the Strizic holdings. It is anticipated that involvement and participation of the public will elevate the profile of the project and publicise the SLV collections and encourage their increased usage and popularity.
Language eng
Field of Research 190104 Visual Cultures
120103 Architectural History and Theory
160399 Demography not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category G.1 Computer software
Persistent URL

Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 150 Abstract Views, 0 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Tue, 24 Sep 2013, 17:15:04 EST by James Mc Ardle

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact