SHOPSHOOT - Doug up on Bourke

My Dad owned a factory when I was growing up and I loved the place which we called 'The Valley". I wasn't all that keen on the outside bathroom but I loved the sounds and smells of the factory, the big windows and the weathered timber tables and floorboards.

Visiting Doug up on Bourke is a bit like revisiting the Valley. Doug up on Bourke is housed on the first floor of an old industrial building in Waterloo with the most amazing light - it would make the best photographic studio.

What's inside the store is a cornucopia of industrial wares arranged around a theme. I chuckled at the very uncomfortable looking bedpans and the camel; wished I had space in my flat for one of the old bus rolls and the old shoe lasts are definitely on my "to buy" list.

I particularly loved the little office vignette which I've featured twice on the blog, both in colour and black and white.

Here it is in colour.

It's a lovely way to spend some time on a Saturday morning with Danks Street Depot and Fratelli Fresh just round the corner in Danks Street.

Bye for now,


Edit 2016 - Doug up on Bourke is no longer open but continues to trade online.



  1. Oh I love Doug Up on Bourke, one of my favourite places to go and wander around.

    Your work is SO beautiful.


  2. Thanks so much for the compliments. I've been so busy recently that I haven't had a chance to revisit 'Doug' since I took the photos a few months back.

    Believ it or not, I added the Follow studio blog to my Google Reader list just last week. Too funny!



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