In an earlier post I included a photograph from the series ‘Suburban Landscapes’, an assignment I completed while studying photography in Adelaide back in the early 1980s.
The initial idea was to revisit old haunts in the foothills out back of Elizabeth, where I explored and played as a child. The plan was to take photographs that evoked nostalgia for that time in my life.
I soon discovered, however, that the proliferation of new housing was far greater than I’d anticipated, so I decided instead to document those changes.
I presented the photographs in a hand-made book, with the photographs in a sequence that began with empty paddocks, showing the gradual intrusion of development through to completed houses, shops and churches.
Revisiting this project was intriguing in the context of my current ‘This is Our Town’ initiative on Elizabeth.
It’s apparent that my approach at the time was highly influenced by a favourite photographer of mine, Robert Adams, an influence that continues to this day.
The book cover. Nice house in the Fields for just 32.5K!
View from Blair Park Dve. Craigmore
Blair Park Dve. Craigmore
Christine Ave. Hillbank
Wanbi Crt. Craigmore
Waltham Cnr. Craigmore
Marian Cres. Hillbank
Rear view of Hilltop Bve. Hillbank
Stanley St. Hillbank
Gladman Cl. Hillbank
Craigmore Christian Centre