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Collective Isolation Project, week 13: Daily snapshots

A blonde man rides a bicycle down a suburban street
17 July 2020

During COVID-19 and well before it, many of us enjoy walking – not only as a form of exercise or to get from A to B, but as a daily dose of the outside world.

But a daily walk isn't simply exercise, critical as that is. It's also a vital reality check and literally a breath of fresh air.

As we interact with the weather and temperature, footpaths and bush tracks, other people, front yards and shifting shadows, the world returns to a human perspective and we slow. Right. Down.

This week, give us a lens out of our own world and a glimpse into yours by sharing photos you've taken while making tracks in your local area. 

Share your response at our Facebook Memory Bank group and tag us with #SLVMemoryBank.

About this image

The parked Kingswood, ten-speed bike and helmet-free cyclist will lead the sharp-eyed to date this photo to the freewheeling '70s. Taken in Greeves Street, Fitzroy, this is one of more than 70,000 pictures of streetscapes in our Committee for Urban Action (CUA) collection. 

A vast Google-style photographic survey, the CUA photos capture inner-city and regional architecture at a time (1970-74) when activists feared its imminent demolition. The details in these images offer a rich record of urban life and form the basis of heritage overlays still used in town planning today. 

Making this extraordinary photographic legacy available online is an ongoing project, involving a wealth of technical expertise, detective sleuthing and meticulous handiwork from Preservation, Digitisation, Conservation and Collection experts at the Library. 

View CUA images online (including South Melbourne, Fitzroy and Castlemaine) and read more about the CUA collection.

How to respond

Please feel welcome to respond as creatively or literally as you wish.

We collect all kinds of materials including photos, diary entries, letters, written lists, oral histories, poems and objects ... our collection policy covers almost everything you could imagine, so try us!

If you contribute, we may contact you to discuss collecting and using your images, stories, objects and experiences. We may not be able to accept everything, but we will endeavour to do so! With your permission, your contributions may be added to the State Collection or used in future Library programs.

About The Collective Isolation Project

The Collective Isolation Project aims to cement this current moment in history, and is our inaugural Memory Bank campaign.

Find out more about Memory Bank, including details about how to contribute each week.

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