We are incredibly excited to announce Louise Hawson of 52 Suburbs will be opening our exhibition in April! Louise is a photographer and author of 52 Suburbs and more recently 52 Suburbs Around the World, along with the Museum of Sydney exhibitions of the same name.
She shares the ethos that we should all connect with the people we photograph more and recognises the need for our project to help give back to the people a photographer might meet along their journey.
In her own words from her website, she tells us:
In 2009/2010 I realised I was a stranger in my own city of Sydney. So I spent a year exploring and photographing one new Sydney suburb a week in search of the beauty in the ‘burb, sharing what I found on a blog, 52suburbs.com.au
Why? Because having discovered how incredibly interesting it is to nose around the backyard of a big city, seeking beauty in both the built environment and people, I’m keen to do more of it – but this time on a global scale.
I’m motivated to explore the ‘unfamous’ side of a city by a child-like desire to be surprised and to make discoveries, rather than follow a well-worn trail where things have already been discovered a zillion times. I want to observe real life, so venturing into neighbourhoods where there’s normal life going on is much more satisfying to me. And I’m a crap tourist. I dislike following any crowd, especially one full of tourists. Of course I’ll be a tourist too but that doesn’t mean I have to act like one. They can have the grand monuments, the Top Ten Sights, the Must See’s, I’m off to the suburbs/neighbourhoods! (book image (c) Louise Hawson)