Trash and Treasure by Louis Porter in Melbourne, Australia

I took this photograph at the Coburg Trash and Treasure flea market. Its held at a drive in, to the city’s north. I’ve always thought it makes for a surreal setting to sift through junk , its a quintessentially Melbourne thing to do.

Name:Louis Porter

Place you live: Melbourne, Australia

Can you sum your spot? I live with my girlfriend, who is also a photographer, in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy. For many years Fitzroy was an urban slum, riddled with gangs and crime and although its become gentrified over time, its retained a great deal of rugged charm. Where we live, drop in centres, multi-million dollar houses, government flats and the country’s first parliament are jumbled together into relatively small area.

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: I’m a compulsive book collector, I always carry a notebook with lists of things to photograph and books to look for.

What is a perfect day in Melbourne? I’m happiest when I’m working, although a cheese pie for lunch is always a bonus.

A perfect meal in Melbourne? A slap up feed at my local pub, The Napier.

What is the best thing about your spot? We are 15 minutes walk north of the city via a beautiful park and 15 walk minutes west of our studio.

What is the worst? The terrible disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is a festering wound that largely gets ignored.

A little known fact about where you live? The world’s first feature film was made in Melbourne in 1906, The Story of The Kelly Gang.