March 23, 2017

Edgewood: Aerial Photography of New Suburbia, 2006

This exhibition documents the creation of new suburbia in the far western edges of Sydney from an aerial point of view. The series both appropriates and subverts the commercial medium of aerial photography–a medium normally employed to sell property, is instead used to explore aesthetic and cultural issues. The aerial perspective offers a certain compression of distance and many of the photographs are dense with visual information. Some of the images reveal a graphic aesthetic, where others, featuring infrastructure such as arterial roads, appear as miniature models. What occurs in new suburbia also reflects broader cultural values as the Australian house has become more desired, even fetishised, since the property boom. In new suburbia there are fewer trees and houses have become larger and indistinguishable with architectural designs that often suggest a neoclassical grandeur. Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world. At the city limits of the Sydney metropolis the recently rural is enmeshed in a relentless process of urbanisation