Carmel Riordan

Carmel Riordan is a photographer and writer who lives in Melbourne’s west and barracks for the Doggies.  Carmel  seeks unique beauty in the familiar, to inspire the viewer to see their world in a new way.   Her  photographic series “The Mighty West” celebrates the industrial landscape and suburbs across ‘the other side’  of the Westgate Bridge.   Other series involve Melbourne street photography and anything that catches her eye.

Carmel has exhibited extensively in group and solo shows including Ballarat International Foto Biennale Fringe, Big West Festival, Art in Public Places Hobson’s Bay, Photonet Gallery, Victorian Artists’ Society and the annual Footy Art Show at the Artists’ Garden, Fitzroy.   Her photography has won awards and been published online, in anthologies and exhibition catalogues.   See more @

One Sunday in 2007 Carmel explored the empty stands of the Western Oval, taking photos of the old seats, with fading paint and numbers peeling off, and other structures which were later demolished, including the concrete steps leading up from the turnstiles, at the top of which a small boy stood, clutching a bunch of balloons, perhaps dreaming of a day when he might kick a goal for the Doggies.

Click on the thumbnails below to view the painting details.

Bulldogs Through and Through Boys of the Bulldog BreedSons of the West

The Old Seats, Whitten Oval