Here are some images, mostly of my home town > Perth, Western Australia. They’re of suburbs but also streets… you might even see your house! I’m going to catalogue as many Perth suburbs as possible, so let me know if you think i should visit your suburb.
This site is about capturing a place’s identity, not high-brow, fine art photography. It’s a documentary site. If you click on a photo + use the arrow keys to flick through the shots, u might miss some because more photos appear as you move down the page using the mouse [just FYI].
I’m on Instagram: @suburbanexposure [[here]] if you’d like to stay in touch with new ‘burbs + streets + spaces I do. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I find property + housing in Perth a special subject > pre-GFC, homes in Perth were ridiculously cheap compared to the rest of Australia. Then when the GFC hit + WA’s mining boom caused property prices to inflate, owning a home in Perth became so damn out of reach for many people, [i own have a small city apartment but would love some more space!].
> My childhood was turbulent at times, so when I think of the houses I have lived in I feel mixed emotions about my family and the lives we led in these spaces.
We moved often and even when I left home at 20, I kept moving. During my 40 years, I’ve lived in 25 houses – and 16 of those years in just two houses. So, in the rest of my 24 years I’ve moved annually on average. I even lived in 13 houses in the one suburb.
The house and suburb you choose [or don’t choose] to live in really shapes your existence and mindset. I get emotional about the houses I inhabit and when I move out I just can’t accept that the part of my life tied to that place is over, that I’ll never be in that space ever again. It’s eerie, disturbing and sad.
All this has caused me to fixate on houses, the notion of a home, who might live there + how the hell they got to own a place like that. I feel nostalgic when I look at houses – it really is a mix of pleasure and sadness.
> But most of all i wonder who i would be if i got to inhabit that space in time… spaces shape. So do suburbs.
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