Benalla’s Wall to Wall Street Art

street art mural creation at Benalla during the Wall to Wall festival

The “Wall to Wall” festival is transforming Benalla.

Now in it’s fourth year, Wall to Wall is a street art festival held over the Labour Day long weekend.  Many talented artists come to Benalla to create murals on public spaces around the central-north Victorian town.  The art work may cover ugly graffiti, or bare walls, but according to their website, the Wall to Wall festival has brought “...a breath of fresh air, and a new coat of new paint to the already colourful town“.

Another street art mural being created at Benalla during the Wall to Wall festival

I saw so much street art in just 90 minutes

Spending less than two hours in Benalla to take in the Wall to Wall festival, and have dinner, I couldn’t count how many separate murals I  stopped to admire and photograph.  Many of the street art works were still being created, with the artists happy to say “hello” or have a quick chat.

I’ve previously only visited the industrial areas of Benalla for work, or bypassed it completely on the Hume Freeway, but it’s now on my “go-to” list of regional towns.  I certainly plan to re-visit Benalla to see the growth of street art and explore the rest of the town, camera in hand, to see what else I can find.

a photo realistic mural at Benalla during the Wall to Wall festival

Check out this page in the Vic Pics Gallery for all the street art photos I was able to take in my short stop at the Wall to Wall festival, and keep an eye out for more photography from Benalla coming soon.

Silo Art Trail

You may have seen Silo Art featured here on Vic Pics before, but with the Silo Art Trail in Western Victoria being completed in late 2017, I thought it was time to re-visit the older sites and check out the newbies.

If you haven’t heard of Silo Art before, it’s giant murals painted onto old grain silos by very clever artists who aren’t afraid of heights.  It all started in the small town of Brim two years ago, where Guido van Helten completed four murals on the local silos and gave the town a new lease on life as tourists flocked to see his amazing work.

The success of the Silo Art Murals at Brim didn’t go un-noticed by other communities, and now there are six sites making up the Silo Art Trail – an easy 190km drive for tourists in the area (or a much longer drive if coming from Melbourne like I did, but still worth it).

Patchewollock Silo Art

Lascelles Gentleman Mural

Lascelles Lady Mural
Silo Art

Rosebery Silo Art

Brim – The first of the Silo Art murals

Sheep Hills – Indigenous Faces ands Star Trails

The smaller silos at at Rupanyup

Clicking on any of the images above will take you to our Gallery site, and the page for that location.
Or check out this montage of all the Silo Art images on Vic Pics. –


Sunrise over new home developments at Clyde North

The image below shows the sun rising over new home developments on Newbridge Boulevard, Clyde North.  It’s a scene duplicated all over regional Victoria and Melbourne’s outskirts.

Our landscapes are changing, farm paddocks are turning into modern housing developments featuring the latest architectural trends. Parklands have manicured gardens, extensive pathways and fancy playgrounds.  Some, like Newbridge Boulevard, even feature artistic sculptures.

Clyde North sunrise

Dawn at Clyde North, see more images in this gallery

Sheep Hills Silo Mural

Silo art at Sheep Hills

Yesterday I wrote about re-visiting the original grain silo art work in the western Victorian town of Brim, and how the murals had brought tourists into the area.  Sheep Hills is another community to embrace silo art, with this stunning mural on their silos by the artist Adnate.

Just like in Brim, travellers are making the small detour and stopping to admire the Sheep Hills silo art.  However, unlike Brim, there is nothing for the tourists to do once they’re in Sheep Hills.  The only pub in town has been closed for some time and is now a private residence. There’s a Mechanics Institute hall, a CFA station and some private houses, there is nothing for the public to spend their tourist dollar on.  When I visited Sheep Hills, the temperature was pushing 40 degrees Celsius, so I would have gladly become a customer to anyone selling cold drinks and ice-cream!

Sheep Hills Mechanics Institute, silo art murals on the left
The silo murals, Mechanics Institute and CFA fire station - almost the entire town.

The silo murals, Mechanics Institute and CFA fire station – almost the entire town.

The former hotel at Sheep Hills, now a private residence.

The former hotel at Sheep Hills, now a private residence.

Peninsula star trails from Arthurs Seat

Yes, we’ve shown a few star trail photos recently on Vic Pics, but at this time of year the skies are often clear and the nights are warm.  Along with little wind, these are the ideal conditions for any form of astro photography.   Although it did get a little chilly on Arthurs Seat early this morning, I didn’t have to worry about the camera lens fogging up, like I would during winter.

I’m very happy with today’s long exposure shot.  Due to the lookout facing South West, rather than directly South, the stars didn’t form a spiral circle, but we did get some nice star trails across the sky.

Arthurs Seat rises 305 metres above sea level and provides views across the Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay.  The main shipping channel to Melbourne hugs the coast as it passes Arthurs Seat, giving a great perspective of passing passenger and cargo ships.

This long exposure is a composite, taken from Chapmans Point (274 metres) was taken over 78 minutes.  During that time there were three large ships travelling up the bay, which left a nice trail of light along the shipping channel.  Light trails can also been seen from smaller fishing or recreation boats close to shore.

I hope to head back to Arthurs Seat for some daylight and sunset photography, so keep an eye on the Vic Pics Gallery for more photos coming soon. 

Star and light trails from Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula

World Turning Star Trails

Happy New Year!

As the world turns, another year rolls around.  Before you know it, 2017 is here.  Who knows what the new year has in store for us, hopefully it’s a good one for everybody and the world we live on.

Star trails

As the Earth turns, for those of us looking to the skies, the universe appears to move.  To the naked eye the movement of the stars is hardly noticable, but a long exposure photograph can bring the sky to life.  This image was taken on a clear November night, from the same spot in Pakenham as the storm cloud photos of the previous post, composed over the space of an hour.

A single hour long exposure, even at night, would be over exposed.  This image is actually a composite of 60 one minute exposures.  Until recently speciality software was required to create the composite image of the multiple exposures, but modern cameras (such as my Olympus OM-D) make it easy with in-camera options.  Hopefully I will be able to bring you more images like this from around the state in 2017.

Star Trails, looking south over Pakenham