It’s no secret. I love taking photos of Beach Boxes. Different times of day, different times of the year, different seasons, multiple visits, with friends, by myself, a whole day out, or just a quick half hour managed in between a busy schedule. There is something about heading to the beach that just makes me feel better. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot enough for swimming and there are people everywhere, but I do prefer it when the beaches are not packed with people. Autumn & Spring are just perfect times for walks with a little bit (or a lot) of photo taking thrown in. Even a trip in Winter is always worthwhile (as long as I don’t get caught in the soaking rain, which has been known to happen a couple of miles from my car). I am so lucky to live just 10 short minutes away from the most photographed part of Melbourne Bayside beaches. The Brighton Beach Boxes are a must on any tourist agenda when visiting Melbourne. Whenever there is an out of town,  interstate, or international friend, or for that matter, any friend who wants to look around Melbourne, this place is at the top of my list – hopefully on a late sunny afternoon to catch that perfect light.

I am actually in the process of putting an album together of photos I’ve taken since my “obsession” with collecting Beach Box photos began. I’m going to order page prints so I can keep adding to the project as I discover more beach boxes, and then, there are always those that are repainted. You see, there are not just those at Brighton Beach, that is just where they “start”. From Brighton Beach, all along the Beach Road towards the heads of Port Philip Bay at Portsea, they are scattered, or grouped together. In various conditions and in various colours. Some with fabulous artwork – others with just gorgeous striped colour combinations. The doors, the hinges, the windows and the finials, I love each and every part of them, right down to the rusty hinges and locks. So, this project will never be finished, as long as I live in this area, I will always enjoy exploring and loving where I live.


 pixels2Pages Blueprint: MB – Pt Willunga (July 2014)

Creative Memories Cheerful Digital Power Palette.       Fonts: ank, Lane Upper


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9 Responses to Blog: Love Where I Live

  1. Anita Albritton says:

    Great blog, Janice!! I always love your photos of these beautiful Beach Boxes, and these are FABULOUS!!

  2. I just love these pages! I love the beach boxes! They are so colorful and beautiful. The simplicity of the pages really show of the photos.

  3. Joyce says:

    Makes me want to head down under when our gray winter sets in!

  4. Liz Propst says:

    These are so fascinating to me…do folks own or rent them? What do you keep in them or use them for? I too so love the beach and right now am about 300 yards from the waves! Your pages are wonderful Janice!!

    • Janice says:

      Liz, people own them. I’m pretty sure no more are being built along the bay area, so when they go up for sale, depending on where they are, they can go for 6 figure amounts!!! Some of them even have power!A while ago I saw my “dream” Beach Box open and being unpacked. It had full deck furniture, kayaks, windsurfer, lounge chairs – you name it. It was just as perfect on the inside as well. It had just been repainted in gorgeous light blue and white – it looked like something straight out of a movie set – complete with the gorgeous family that owned it. I’m very jealous that you are only 300 years from the beach though – think I’d walk down every day!

  5. Deanna Emmert says:

    Fabulous! 🙂

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