Photographer Louise Hawson had been living in Sydney for decades before she realised she had barely explored the majority of its sprawling landscape: its suburbs. She set out to change this by photographing one suburb a week for a year. The results of these explorations are now up in an exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, and a competition gives you the chance to put a photograph of your own in there too.
The original photos can be viewed on her blog 52 Suburbs. They show a Sydney which is teeming with liveliness and colour, and which is represented by faces and cultures originating from all over the world. The images are refreshingly grounded in everyday people and activities. Not surprisingly, her blog has gathered a large following both locally and abroad. The accompanying exhibition is simple and effective, allowing the photography to speak for itself.
If you've been inspired to photograph your own suburb and would like the chance to get it exhibited at the Museum of Sydney, there is a competition being run in conjunction with the exhibition that allows you to do just that. Louise Hawson will pick twenty and the public gets to vote in the final three winners, who will each receive a Nikon camera. On the whole a fine excuse to rediscover your place of residence.
The Museum of Sydney is about five minutes walk down Young Street from Circular Quay Station.
By Lluisa Murray - senior reviewer Thursday, 11th of August @ 05:10 am
Sounds like an interesting exhibition. I'm not a native to Sydney, but I love exploring the different suburbs. I think that there are some really lovely places whether you're looking at the city or the suburbs. It's just a matter of taking the time to explore them.