Through the lens Footscray’s shades of blue

Reflections on the Maribyrnong River, street art in Maddern Square, fishmongers in Little Saigon market, and textured historic facades feature in Victoria University’s Picturing BluScray photography competition.

More than 120 entries for Picturing BluScray have been received -  all representing diverse snapshots of Footscray and its uniqueness.

Award-winning photographer Simon O’Dwyer, formerly of The Age, will announce the winning entries in the heart of Footscray at VU at MetroWest on Thursday 30 June.

Amateur and professional photographers have captured curious and unfamiliar scenes in Footscray, each discovering the color blue in unexpected places.

Picturing BluScray forms parts of VU’s BluScray program, a celebration of Footscray’s thriving creative industries during VU’s Centenary year in 2016.

Developed to highlight the longstanding link between VU and the colour blue, BluScray will transform central Footscray through blue-themed events, lighting installations and public artwork, between August and November.

Victoria University and blue have gone together for a long time. Blue is central to VU’s identity – both now and for our predecessors – and symbolises hope, aspiration and the future.

BluScray, a collaboration between Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council as part of the Footscray University Town initiative and the VU Centenary, is a celebration of this connection.

The exhibition will be on display until 23 July, culminating with the People’s Choice Award.

The launch will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday 30 June.

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