The last time I went to Melbourne I saw a painting that I had never seen before and I thought, I must be going crazy, I have no idea what I’m doing.
I saw a mural that had a white and black striped background.
I was like, well, it’s not exactly what I expected.
The artist who painted that mural was a friend of mine who is also a photographer.
So we decided to go and look at the murals of the Victorian era.
We went to the Tate, we went to Carlton and we went up to the old Parliament House, the old Victoria Palace.
And we decided we were going to look at all the paintings that were being done in the Victorian period.
After about a week of seeing the paintings we realised that we weren’t seeing them in the correct way.
One of the paintings in particular had an intricate design on the wall that wasn’t right, it wasn’t as if it was painted by someone who knew what they were doing.
The painting is from the late 1860s.
It’s called The Great Gatsby.
As I was watching the painting and thinking to myself, what are the details that make this painting different?
I realised that the walls were not covered with colour, that the paint wasn’t coloured in the way that you would think.
What I realised was that it was a Victorian painting.
Why was that?
I had never thought about it before, but what I did know is that painting was an art form in the 19th century.
In the 19s, the painting industry was very strong, it was very lucrative, but it wasn