The Boomer Legacy

Culture

You could be whatever you wanted to be

It was the twilight of the Age of Aquarius.

Passionately held 1960s beliefs like Peace, Freedom, Equality, People Power, Expanded Consciousness, Eastern Religion and Free Love… all went out the window. To be replaced with what? Excuses?…

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Put the person before the disability    (Jan 2013)

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The new world order

The social contract had to be reformed to quadruple the number of billionaires

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Torn up posters on Parramatta Road, Strathfield [Jul-2014 632KB]

Some semblance of community

Democracy continued to best serve the interests of those who were most invested

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NSW election voting centre at Town Hall [Mar-2019 805KB]

Remarks

One of the great themes of the last forty years has been the gradual unravelling of western democracy. One could say it began with Watergate in June 1972, but you could also argue it started much earlier with the assassination of JFK in November 1963

Eat fresh

Marketeers tapped into a growing personalisation potential and famous craves

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Upstairs food-court, Centrepoint Sydney [Dec-2019 106KB]

Latter-day Bloomsbury

We've ended up with an inner-city hive of woke workers, hiring woke friends to do their woke work in their quest to “wokify” the world (Senator J.McGrath, 2021)

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Freethought Book Exchange (since demolished) at Regent Street Chippendale [Apr-2014 517KB]

By this sign thou shall conquer

Your dead loved one is communicating with us, so please go to the bank and send money to the Church so your loved one can ascend to heaven in the spirit world

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South Head General Cemetery, Vaucluse [Nov-2016 200KB]

Haute couture

The entire fashion industry was trickle-down in its purest form

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Step into Paradise Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney [Jan-2020 628KB]

Enjoying the benefits of adequacy

Budget surpluses, rising house prices, vigorous job growth, decades of near-zero interest rates (until 2022)

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Lewisham apartment redevelopment [Jul-2018 461KB]

Cultural attrition

Civility could not last forever in a vacuum

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Wall graffito in a Pitt Street Lane near Town Hall (subsequently demolished) [Oct-2012 644KB]

Dolchstoßlegende

Historical data was of little use to a society which always looked forward

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Photography at Observatory Hill, Sydney [Jan-2020 1072KB]

Foamy frappuccino in a sea of amber

Our restaurant and coffee habits were never those of an anxious nation

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Empty beer kegs outside the Abercrombie Hotel at Broadway [Oct-2012 310KB]

How did we ever get here?

A ceaseless concrete mausoleum, seen through windscreens smeared with doubt

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Ventilation funnels atop the Kogarah Railway Station car-park [Apr-2011 84KB]

Discrimination positive

Everyone agreed that a person's worth could only be determined by the number of their X-chromosomes

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Extended phenotypes at Addison Road in Marrickville [Sep-2012 362KB]

Carpetbaggers everywhere

Oh, the neighbourhood? Well that's outside! She laughed (Eno, 1996)

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Rug World shop-front, Parramatta Road Auburn [May-2017 868KB]

F2F heroes

Who was the faker and who was the fake?

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Madame Tussauds Sydney, Darling Harbour [Jan-2019 160KB]

Private splendour

The poorest people with the most expensive phones; the best cars on the worst roads; the cleverest children in the most dilapidated schools

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Luxury cars gleam in the parking space behind a Kogarah real-estate agency [Apr-2011 178KB]

Contumacious determination

Faithful servants of the court had a duty to finesse reality until outcomes matched expectations

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Addison Road community centre, Marrickville [Sep-2012 251KB]

National days past

Australia Day on January 26th used to be a day of national pride, community and celebration (The Guardian, 2024)

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In 2005, one of the many flag sellers in Hyde Park Sydney [Jan-2005 295KB]

Paraphysical conundrum

Why did the pigeon cross the road?… Because it thought it was a chicken. In that case, why did the road cross the schizophreniac?… Because it required by Invariant Chicken Symmetry. So, ultimately, why did the chicken cross the road?… Because it was neither a “chicken” nor a “road”

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Sydenham pedestrian crossing [May-2023 1120KB]

Empire of the self

Bring distant points of interest within close range by the use of this machine

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Empire State Building observation deck, NYC [Oct-2017 604KB]

Capitalist idyll

Forget about Marx or Lennon or Friedman-Phelps: The Colonel saw, the Colonel knew, the Colonel understood

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Fast-food franchise hoarding at Parramatta Road, Five Dock [Sep-2016 206KB]

Tutelary architects of the soul

United by a shared vision of a progressive future, our beliefs were grounded in truth, science and fundamental human rights

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An air-filled waver during the Sydney Swans AFL team celebrations, at Sydney Town Hall [Oct-2012 291KB]

All the comforts

Even the humblest could afford the means to enjoy the finer things in life

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Homeless bedding at St James Station, Sydney CBD [Sep-2023 694KB]

Клином the revolution

Despite a century of recreational activism, the Whites were not beaten by the Red Wedge

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Mega mall at Auburn [May-2017 123KB]

Significant Form

From the poop-deck of a Dreadnought to the lighthouse on the banks of the River Ouse, bunga–bunga until the light fades out

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Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse, ANMM Darling Harbour Sydney [Nov-2021 363KB]

Luxury was a human right

Hollywood stars, $10K watches, begging for small-change

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Wristwatch dealership, Pitt Street Mall [Sep-2023 444KB]

Together alone

We loved each other like it was the end of the world

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Cockle Bay promenade, Darling Harbour [Dec-2003 605KB]

Lambos to the moon

It was an era of unending optimism, where vast fortunes were made without effort. When cashed-up families prospered, inflation was beaten (until 2022) and credit was easy at near-zero rates (until 2022). When average mums & dads became CEOs, collected NFTs (until 2023) and bet hard on cryptocurrencies and leasing out short-term rentals. When stock markets always kept rising, while house values appreciated to what looked like a permanently high plateau

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Living statue performer at Circular Quay [Jul-2017 550KB]

Remarks

A simple, almost throw-away candid snap acquires sinister meaning when you notice the children were prodding a stuffed crocodile

The post-industrial well-being complex

A lifetime of small authentic moments, where we honoured our feelings, encouraged mindfulness, feasted from the whole pantry, applied exacting combinations of essential oils, aligned our vibrational energy, embraced our expansion, cultivated cheerfulness and followed our bliss down the path to soulistic wellness

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Sydney Olympic Park RSPCA stall [May-2018 422KB]

Break with the past

Artefacts of violence for a new millennium

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The remains of the the North Tower transmission mast at the 911 Memorial Museum [Oct-2017 698KB]

There was always someone for everyone

Eugenics through involuntary abstinence

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Bollards at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay [Oct-2013 886KB]

Redefining perfection

You press the button, we do the rest (Eastman, 1888)

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Laurie Daley and fans at SOH [Jul-2014 453KB]

Racquet Kultur

Watch, cheer, drink, boo, belch, repeat

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Display Court #3 outside the Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Tennis Centre [Apr-2019 430KB]

Forerunning the Great Stagnation

Before the 1990s, every decade had its own distinctive sense of style

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The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift, NGV Melbourne [Apr-2019 234KB]

Allow plenty of additional travel time

Spatially mismatched cities where amenity, employment and education were deliberately centralised, forcing essential workers to commute for hours from the urban fringe

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Trains on the T1 Western Line pass through Burwood Station [Apr-2015 328KB]

Electric evanescence

People would happily sing while hurling five-kilogram spheres

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Strike Bowling, King Street Wharf Darling Harbour [Jan-2019 195KB]

Equality of opportunity

Why quibble about government spending on kid's education? It's a fact of life that wealthy parents pay more tax. So to maintain fairness and equity in the marketplace of educational options, it's obvious that governments must underwrite independent schools and parental free choice

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GPS tennis courts in Stanmore [Sep-2012 342KB]

Once I built a railroad

Delayed due to an operational issuePostponed due to a train requiring mechanical repairsBlue Mountains rail services have been suspended until further notice due to a freight train derailment at LindenNo trains this weekend due to scheduled track-workCancelled due to a staff availability issueLate due to mechanical problems earlier onRunning late and out of timetable orderTransport authorities have urged passengers allow plenty of extra travel time, listen to announcements and check information displays for service updates as stopping patterns may change at short noticeThis service has been cancelled due to an electrical fault, passengers should disembark and transfer to the suburban service waiting at platform fourPassengers be advised that we are proceeding slowly due to some track failures, and if we make it through the next signal then we should be right to proceedNo trains this weekend due to scheduled track-workRail services have been suspended until further notice due to a landslip near LeuraCancelled due to a vehicle on the tracks at FaulconbridgeDelays as a result of a number of unexpected incidents including a tree falling onto the tracks between St Leonards and Wollstonecraft, and a fire to sleepers at North StrathfieldAll services have been cancelled this week due to protected industrial actionThere may be a short delay at Penrith while the rear carriage is checked for possible contaminationDelayed due to temporary speed restrictions caused by wet weather conditionsWestbound train services have been suspended indefinitely due to an incident at Burwood requiring emergency servicesRunning late due to vandalism at Blacktown earlierDelayed 17 minutes due to an issue with a freight train at St Marys earlierWe apologise for the delay at Penrith due to kids with bikes on and around the tracksNo trains this weekend due to scheduled track-workTrains have been suspended between Lawson and Penrith due to a tree on the tracks near LindenDelayed by approximately 41 minutes due a person threatening self-harm at LithgowPostponed due to urgent power supply repairsCancelled due to urgent train repairs at Mt Victoria — we are currently in the process of bringing in a replacement train from Katoomba to form a city bound serviceCancelled due to lightning strike at PenrithRunning 27 minutes late due to a tree caught in the overhead wiring at BlaxlandBlue Mountains rail services have been suspended until further notice due to a landslip near Emu Plains35 minutes late due to passenger with a medical emergencyOther incidents including multiple self-harm attempts and trespassers on the tracks at Doonside and BellambiDelayed due to a police operation at AshfieldNo trains this weekend due to scheduled track-workMajor delays on all lines due to a fatality at MortdalePlease consider postponing your journey or using alternative transport

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Macdonaldtown rail viaduct (since rebuilt) [Mar-1983 763KB]

Window dressing

The “glass cliff” was a convenient way to ignore systematic corporate dysfunction

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Office building window-washers, Martin Place [Sep-2023 505KB]

A few personal blow-outs

Success, power, glamour, excuses, misstatements, lies

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Corner of Pine and Cleveland, near Central [Jul-2017 508KB]

Together at last

A journey of six thousand, seven hundred and twenty-five days began with a single step

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Newly-weds at Grand Central Station, NYC [Oct-2017 352KB]

I could have drunk a river

A couple of schooners, a case of Smirnoff Ice Double Black vodka, a few more shots at the Dragon Lounge, and I was yours

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Abandoned refreshments near Gas Lane, in Millers Point [Jan-2014 530KB]

Fête Moderne

It took a very long time to shrug off the Superwoman myth

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W-H portfolio session, Hurstville [Jun-1991 569KB]

Remarks

The hair, the lips, the hands, the curves, the décolletage… it's all very sensual until you notice the ferociously spiked belt

Laps around the sun

We left the concert ages ago but her bomb of a car wouldn't start; Some guy eventually gives us a jump-start, but he stares so much at her high-neck sleeveless top that she has to fold her arms (I feel like a groupie in this thing!); Finally we're moving through the winter night, but she insists on driving with all the windows down; Pull in to a service station to refuel and buy a large bottle of engine oil: Plan on having a big night?… Enter her student-share terrace and climb the narrow stairs; Our quiet voices in her 3×3¾m room; Posters, milk-crate furniture, photocopied course-materials, unmade bed; Push aside a fortnight of clothes to sit together on the wooden floor; A cone of smoky light drifts down from the ceiling; Her mechanical alarm-clock ticks on a nightstand; Why am I here? Because My Current Boyfriend Likes To Spend His Time Swinging On A Tyre Rope. I clean her red-framed glasses and she smiles with delight; Fingers through undergrad cropped hair; Her round face and large brown eyes; Gentle teasing about her incongruous diamond ear-studs; The faintest wisp of a moustache and axillary hair-stubble; The fine black hairs on her lower back and abdomen; Her laugh; Her voice; Her curves; Her smell and mouth and warmth; Her surprisingly small cot

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Turning circle (since repainted) outside Central Station, Sydney [Mar-2019 1212KB]

Remarks

Every image in this project has at least one subtext. Part of the fun was finding them in the most unlikely places

One-way journey

On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place (Yes, 1971)

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Ovation of the Seas cruise-ship at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal [Dec-2017 208KB]

Remarks

A couple of years after this photo, 22 passengers from this ship died during a shore excursion due to the 2019 White Island volcanic eruption in New Zealand

Punching down

In a changing world and with the best intentions, it was not enough to use progressive argument to challenge expressions of racism, homophobia, sexism and misogyny. You had to stop people from thinking racist, homophobic, sexist and misogynistic thoughts in the first place

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Bruce Lee statue prior to unveiling at the Kogarah Town Centre [Mar-2011 323KB]

Fine-Dining Industrial Complex

The only way to achieve a true sense of purpose was by being seen in a hatted restaurant and eating a pile of fat prawns with your toes exposed

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Restaurant exhaust stacks, Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal [Jan-2019 207KB]

Underlying conditions

Health interests needed to be balanced with protecting the economy. It was accomplished by altering a few epidemiological definitions, statistically rationalising deaths and shifting the emphasis to personal responsibility

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The Masked Passenger, near Glenbrook [Jan-2020 395KB]

90% misdirection

Productivity was enhanced via use of mass-produced images of sex symbols

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Workbench at the Pottery Estate, Lithgow [Jun-2019 716KB]

Staying on message

Sectarian quarrelling endured for so long that it etched itself into the terrain

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Christian proselytising at Belmore Park (since removed), near Central station [Apr-2016 866KB]

Poly-dimensional facets

GDP versus infrastructure versus ecology versus quality-of-life versus unconstrained population growth

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Darling Harbour under the express-way, Sydney [Apr-2017 348KB]

The shadow of November 1989

The Atlantic-centred Cold War order unravelled as soon as the Wall came down

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Council kerbside clean-up, Darling Point [Jan-2017 603KB]

The sun shone on the Supreme Leader

The inspection of State Food Processing Plant #2193 inspired genuine patriots to dance and brandish flowers

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Fast-food franchise at Old Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park [Oct-2015 285KB]

Null pointers

Always remember who you were and what you fought for

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Castlereagh Hotel Remembrance Shrine, Sydney [Jan-2019 259KB]

Cordon sanitaire

We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again. (EIIR, 2020)

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Bollards at Warrimoo [Oct-2019 714KB]

Retrofitting diversity

From “Apartheid” to “Black Lives Matter” in one generation

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Bent Street, Lithgow. [Apr-2012 588KB]

In a cage of gold

Most binding financial agreements were happy ever after

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Australia's richest street, Wolseley Road Point Piper [Sep-2012 363KB]

Magnificent isolation

The doorbell legit scares me now. I jump every time. It just seems so aggressive when you could just SMS (WSJ, 2017)

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Young Street terrace doorway (since repainted) at Annandale [Sep-2015 802KB]

Murder on the dance-floor

The Enlightenment turned out to be little more than flashing lights in a discotheque

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Queen Victoria Building “disco” Christmas lights, Sydney [Oct-2020 444KB]

Res judicata

It wasn't every day you saw a church vandalised

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St Stephens Anglican Church, Penrith [Jun-2022 516KB]

Fighting for peace

The common purpose of every action was “security”

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The crypt beneath the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne [Apr-2019 326KB]

Put the person before the disability

Inclusiveness meant telling everyone how much you cared

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Beneath the Western Distributor on Harris Street in Ultimo [Jan-2013 371KB]

We two formed a multitude

The first time we saw each other has not been forgotten

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Abandoned shopping trolleys at Shoreline Drive in Rhodes [Dec-2015 571KB]

Defence renaissance

After decades of cutbacks and drawdowns, governments renewed spending on armaments and personnel when a new crop of proxy wars broke out

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Anzac Day Air Force personnel, Hyde Park Sydney [Apr-2023 323KB]

Remarks

After a long break following my heart-attack in Jan 2023, it was good to be doing candid shots again. For a change used the SEL1655G, an outstanding lens despite its excessive barrel distortion at wider angles

Our plates in heaven

Meet the new religion, same as the old religion

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Chefs' Warehouse in the “old Tongan Church”, Regent Street Redfern [Jul-2023 438KB]

Operational Matters

VIP Lounges, lotteries, pokies, meat-trays & linked EFTPOS accounts

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Behind the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin NZ [Nov-2017 308KB]

Scenes from the new world

Willkommenskultur guaranteed a kaleidoscope of culinary delights

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Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne [Apr-2019 148KB]

Beneath the iron ceiling

Social mobility was not guaranteed

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Lord Sheffield Circuit at Penrith [Apr-2017 84KB]

Nowhere was safe from Footy

11 touches, 5 tackles, 3 clearances and 1 goal. Controlling, Non-controlling, Boundary & Goal umpires. Yes! Go! Kick! Woohoo! Run! Stop! Mark! No! What?! Miss! Booo! Exit Gate 3 ten minutes before the final siren. Shoving and yelling at Jolimont-MCG station. Front page, back page and 24-pages of pure footy analysis

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Melbourne vs St Kilda AFL game, MCG Melbourne [Apr-2019 719KB]

Post 911

The Twin Towers loomed over everything

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HMAS Vampire pendant number & anchor, Australian National Maritime Museum [May-2023 291KB]

Direct instruction

Expert guidance and interpretive panels ensured Art was enjoyed properly

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AGNSW tour guide, Sydney [Mar-2019 289KB]

Survival of the richest

Our remaining days were spent counting our passive income, in the comfort and safety of our own bunkers

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Australia's richest street, Wolseley Road Point Piper [Sep-2012 428KB]

Gone a million

The rich were always with us

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Abandoned Rolls-Royce at Hiles Street in Alexandria [Jun-2015 464KB]

Remarks

The Rolls Royce was parked in Alexandria for a long time. In Nov 2019, four years after taking the photo, Leica Australia held their launch event for the SL-2 camera at a converted warehouse in the same street. After the presentation I went outside to see if the Rolls was still there… it was

Growing pains

People were encouraged to use public transport to reduce traffic congestion

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Commuters on the St Kilda tram, Melbourne [Apr-2019 261KB]

Mission statement

We auctioned the Glory of the coming of the Lord

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A de-consecrated Anglican church at Warrimoo, in the Blue Mountains [Jul-2011 222KB]

摆 烂

By using Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the Central Committee of the CCP reshaped the Motherland into a wise, benevolent and evergrande superpower, who was a positive force for good across the world

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St Collins Lane upstairs food court, Melbourne [Apr-2019 553KB]

Looking back

Let silent contemplation be your offering

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Hall of Memory, Anzac Memorial Sydney [Apr-2023 374KB]

Choosing to opt away from patriarchy

When this is all over, gender studies professors are going to have a hell of time explaining what happened (Valenti, 2017)

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Supplement Warehouse on Sunnyholt Road, Blacktown [Aug-2015 278KB]

Thought showers

To proactively incentivise our key stakeholders, we touched base, actioned our settings, held 360-degree reviews, got all our ducks in a row and strategically uplevelled our synergies to facilitate a win-win paradigm

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The repurposed cauldron from the best Olympic Games ever [Aug-2017 667KB]

Contraindications

All the bright lights could not conceal the darkness

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Luna Park Friday night rides [Jan-2019 622KB]

Sliding toward the Khilafah

Remember, do not stop shooting even if u see women or kids — no mercy is Rule One (Haroon, 2016)

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Lindt Café siege flower memorial at Martin Place, Sydney [Dec-2014 680KB]

Everything was fine

We married our passion for the authentic interpretation of regional Spanish cuisine with a desire to celebrate the high quality fresh produce supplied by a close network of artisanal farmers

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Ash Street restaurant, Sydney CBD [Jan-2019 247KB]

Free at last

Your mega-mortgage turned out to be a perfect forced-savings vehicle

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Victoria Street terrace, Kings Cross [Jul-2018 528KB]

Trouble in Luvvyland

Decades of progressive instruction about hope and positive social change struggled to achieve the desired outcome

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Apartment building at the top of View Street, Dunedin NZ [Nov-2017 700KB]

Strategic Hamlet

I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space (Shakespeare, 1603)

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Wharf Terrace disabled-access elevator at Lincoln Crescent in Woolloomooloo [Jan-2012 233KB]

Community standards

Our suburbs were strewn with eye-popping enticements from agile entrepreneurs

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Dulwich Hill skate park [Sep-2015 118KB]

Remarks

The “sneakers thrown over power-lines” meme has been comprehensively addressed by TikTok™ contributors: Some people do it just to be annoying. Some people do it as a memorial to a dead friend. Some people do it to advertise a drug dealer territory. Some people do it because they've seen it done and just think it's funny (Daily Mail UK, 2020)

Ever present eyes

A watchful environment loaded with photographers to record your every moment

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Anzac Day photographers, Park Street Sydney [Apr-2018 354KB]

Suburban psychodrama

Our belief in a better tomorrow was expressed through our architecture

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Front yard gate, Great Western Highway [May-2019 380KB]

Sumptuary Laws revisited

Raised heels for the elite, scuffed flats for everyone else

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Shoe boutique window display, QVB Sydney [Apr-2023 497KB]

Bench blanket bingo

Cover, cloak, cape, napkin, camouflage, shroud

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Coalcliff station platform, South Coast NSW [Apr-2012 629KB]

Watch and act

Undocumented migration was a test of our commitment to the rule of law, universal human rights and the ideals underpinning liberal democracy

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The Edge at Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne [Apr-2019 333KB]

Spatial determinism

What you ate was determined by where you cooked

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16th floor kitchen at Harbourside Apartments versus HMAS Vampire galley [Nov-2021 329KB]

Release the bats

Canned music, caterwauling karaoke & wall-to-wall poker-machines

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Nick Cave from The Birthday Party at Sydney University Refectory [Jan-1982 397KB]

This renovated life

A place where we could become our best selves by focusing on the smaller, more controllable world of Home

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Darling Point renovations, Sydney [Jan-2017 581KB]

Heroes of Social Progress

Canonical ideals of liberalism, openness, cultural diversity, safe routes to asylum, genuine compassion for society's most vulnerable, celebrating difference, counter-racism, sensitivity training, positive discrimination, calling-out culturally unsafe practices, open borders, undocumented migration, watch-lists, drug-kingpins, lone-wolves, quarantine camps, empty supermarket shelves, hospital ships, sovereign-citizens, capital city riots, failed states, resurgent right-wing authoritarianism

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Confetti remnants of the 2012 Swans AFL team Victory Parade [Oct-2012 791KB]

Driving home for Christmas

Childhood summer holidays strapped firmly into car's back-seat

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Christmas display, Centrepoint Sydney [Dec-2019 404KB]

The one with the best notes wins

Half-step bends to voice for the next chord

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Guitar seller, Winter Magic festival at Katoomba [Jun-2019 533KB]

The Law of Conservation of Sport

If bread ↓ then circus ↑

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Footy supporters watch their team lose at Panthers Park [Jul-2003 677KB]

Without bias or agenda

Journalism is the pursuit of verifiable truth — it's an existential fight against conspiracy theories, fake news, voluble opinions, false balance, online bandwagons & talking points; against activists who claim to be in the truth business, but are actually in the point-of-view business (The Guardian, 2018)

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State of Origin victory celebration for the NSW Blues at the Northern Broad-walk, Sydney Opera House [Jul-2014 380KB]

Winning at the starting line

Party members and strategic partners cheered. Media-workers queried each other how they felt. Gold, gold, gold for brands in an unprecedented premium integration ecosystem. Our tattooed heroes puffed and strained and flexed and skipped and hopped and twisted and splashed. We paid

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The endlessly gushing fountain at Olympic Park, Sydney [Jan-2011 416KB]

The efficiency dividend playbook

Exceptional merit deserved exceptional rewards

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Darling Point ferry wharf, Sydney [Jan-2017 384KB]

Remarks

A pleasant summer afternoon was transformed into an object lesson in social stratification, at the ferry wharf of one of Sydney's wealthiest suburbs

Congratulations Mrs Nassif… you like?

There are many creditors and law enforcement agencies that are keen to speak to Mr Nassif. I would encourage him to make himself available to investigators in NSW so that we can find out exactly what he's done in this state and what his potential liabilities are (ABC News, 2023)

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Yellow Lamborghini at Paddington [Apr-2017 243KB]

Keeping the Sixties alive

Escape from post WWII Europe as a child; The promise to a dead brother; The memory of a beloved wife; Shelves with empty chocolate boxes and soda bottles; The customers who only came to stare

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Olympia milk-bar & hair salon at Parramatta Road, Annandale. Permanently closed by council order in April 2019 and auctioned for redevelopment in 2023 [Jul-2016 695KB]

Lamp beside the golden door

Despite unease and criticism from parts of the community, decades of pluralist multiculturalism turned out to be surprisingly successful (Turnbull, 2017)

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St Pauls Cathedral congregation after Good Friday service, Melbourne [Apr-2019 366KB]

Follow your geodesic

Take another selfie and move on, criss-cross the planet to only find yourself

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Posing tourists at Sydney Cove [Aug-2014 382KB]

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Like most western economies, there was an enthusiastic shift in the 1980s to rely on tourism as a foreign-exchange earning and local-jobs boosting “export”. Until the pandemic…

Full Meta jacket

Despite the liberal use of significant, robust and holistic evidence — the Epistemological Reflection upon the Manichaean Nature of Post-Analytical Nihilistic Communitarianism was spoiled by unhelpfully self-referential endnotes

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Infinite regression at Croydon [Sep-2016 132KB]

A story of the margins

Park your car in the gutted remains of where people once earned a living

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Ex-Arnotts biscuit factory car park at North Strathfield [Jun-2017 715KB]

Malpractice with impunity

The very first document, among more than a hundred in this folder, is a signed declaration by our client that he mixed up his patients and accidentally performed a full hysterectomy on the 36-year-old plaintiff. Correction — our client is [redacted], not the surgeon, who is merely a policy holder of our client. Thanks. The surgeon admits, in writing, that he sterilised the plaintiff by doing an unauthorised procedure. This is undisputed — so why is this matter dragging for years with boilerplate requests for interrogatories, updated medical reports and dozens of discovery hearings? Well, it is our firm's policy to comprehensively test all claims to discourage frivolous ones. The plaintiff was harmed, the surgeon has admitted negligence, so it cannot be “frivolous” and, frankly, our deliberate stalling borders upon unconscionable. I'll say it again: it is our firm's policy to test all claims to discourage frivolous ones…

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The ghosts of lawyering among the tombstones at Camperdown cemetery, Newtown [Jun-2015 540KB]

Remarks

It took a long time to find a scene which symbolised our dysfunctional health system. The accompanying blurb is a paraphrased version of a law-firm conversation in April 1992 between myself and a medical-litigation partner (represented in italics)

The Goombas are dancing again

Men and women of all ages were gyrating their hips, swirling their arms in the air and chanting their favourite catchy lyrics

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Egan Street terrace, Newtown [Nov-2022 602KB]

Life under the occupation

The Fragmented was turned into the Harmonised by encouraging our staff to compile their own dossiers

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Revolving doors at the ANZ bank building, in Castlereagh Street [Aug-2014 308KB]

Remarks

When capturing this image I assumed it would probably end up a discard. When back home however, an hour spent in image editing programs changed things considerably

Magic sponge

During mass at our spiritual home in St. Bernardino, the archreferee would hold aloft the Sacred Sphere and bestow upon us His most holy blessing: Kind friends, VVIPs, WAGs and Ultras, we are gathered here on St. Totteringham's Day to drink beers and throw flares upon this, our most hallowed turf. To soar heavenward upon Mexican Waves. To give 110% when sports-washing the unsaved. To throw sardines into the sea from the back of the trawler. To find the back of the net, a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God. For winners forever win big, and losers must fall hard. So please take a knee and raise your Vuvuzelas for the national benediction: Our Footy, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy game. Thy Kingdom score, thy bets be more, on phones as it is in Qatar. In nomine Blatter, et FIFA, et Spiritus Alea… You may now invade the pitch

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Sports promotion at Olympic Park [Aug-2017 317KB]

Remarks

St. Bernardino
Patron saint of behaviour modification advertising, communications & compulsive gambling wagering
Sacred Sphere
A hollow spherical object made of suitable material, with an external circumference between 680—700mm and mass of 0.41—0.45kg, and inflated to an interior pressure of 60.795—101.325 kPa at sea level
VVIPs
Very — very — important people
WAGs
Highly accomplished Wives & Girlfriends of players
Ultras
Highly accomplished association football fans noted for their black hoodies, self-restraint and civilised behaviour during pitch invasions
St Totteringham's Day
The day celebrated by Arsenal fans when Tottenham can no longer outrank them in the League table
Mexican Waves
A mechanical transverse wave comprised of oscillating sports-fans
110%
Spectator sport is the only known exemption to the 1st Law of Thermodynamics
Sports-washing
The role of talented, hard-working and well-sourced writers when reporting physical recreation events
Throw sardines […] trawler
King Eric's 1995 epigram
Hand of God […]
The 1986 FIFA World Cup miraculous goal
Vuvuzelas
The national wind instrument of South Africa
Qatar
A Gulf petro-state which has denied any wrongdoing, ever
Blatter
Highly accomplished 8th President of FIFA from 1998 to 2015
FIFA
Federation Internationale de Football Association
Alea
Latin: “game of chance”

Boxing day specials

Our cities were gradually fortified, one concrete block at a time

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Anti vehicle-ramming barriers at George Street, Sydney [Dec-2017 291KB]

Days of very small things

Between flavoursome mouthfuls, we would chat for hours about fusion & charcuterie & soupçons & palette & aroma & degustation & chef de cuisines & hats & rockstar chefs & quotidian delights & gastronomic visions & signature-dishes & heirloom-recipes & a whole new dimension in crunch & tastilicious & scrumdiddlyumptious and all the countless things we loved or didn't love to ingest

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Acland Cake Shop window display, St Kilda Melbourne [Apr-2019 640KB]

Living in a short here

It was taken for granted that we would live long productive lives

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AGNSW volunteer guide, Sydney [Jul-2022 481KB]

Points of light

Remember, remember the eleventh of November

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Shrine of Remembrance, 11AM beam of light [Apr-2019 532KB]

Actuate your authentic self

The best we could hope for was to become someone's pet

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Town Hall arcade begging, Sydney [Jul-2015 588KB]

Electric tribalism

Wandering around with no idea what was about to happen

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Preparations for the 2019 Australia Day celebrations, Campbells Cove Sydney [Jan-2019 448KB]

Let the children play

The Law Council of Australia issued a statement on Friday saying judicial immunity was “intrinsically related” to the independence of judges and their ability to fearlessly make decisions according to the law

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Skippy Girls mural, Wilson Street Darlington [May-2022 455KB]

Mr. Robot says “Hi”

The Dark Army aligned with the top 1% of the top 1% to dim the lights in a Stage 2 America

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US Armed Forces recruiting station, Times Square NYC [Oct-2017 384KB]

Without the Roaring Twenties

The green light at the end of the dock remained forever out of reach

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Bradleys Head lighthouse [Aug-2023 340KB]

The big day

The bent-knee proposal in a fast-food outlet; The princess-cut engagement ring; The effortlessly stylish top-knot bun extension; The fake-tan; The lip augmentation injections; The adorable ivory patent leather classic ballerina flats; The bridesmaids' hair extensions & wrist corsages & hand-printed yellow kaftans & daisy crowns & frangipani espadrilles; The trending blood-red gel nail-extensions; The stunning $20k bespoke wedding dress; The delicious hand-selected vegetables picked from the chateau gardens; The awesome Ottolenghi-style vegetarian feasts with steaming pork bao; The hand-cut white peonies; The polka-dotted ribbon for the mason jars; The bubble cyclone machines; The Disney love songs; The rhinestone encrusted complimentary selfie sticks; The juggling flower-girl triplets; The wow-factor troupe of wedding drummers; The pack of ninja wedding paparazzi; The PolAir hovering above the reception; The flashing LED hula-hoops to get the guests dancing; The surprise flash-mob doing a gorgeous TikTok dance; The last-minute bridesmaid replacements; The honour-guard of kids from previous marriages; The Labradoodle ring-bearer; The two dozen pure white doves for the 3m tall vegan gluten-free celebration cake… But best of all, what about the hot pink ride!…

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Wedding-hire 14-seat H2 Stretch Hummer at Luna Park, Milsons Point [Oct-2014 329KB]

Brett's armchair

The same music in completely different hands

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Room 82 on the sixteenth floor, Harbourside Apartments [Jan-2019 448KB]

Remarks

Lavender Bay (visible through the windows) was one of Brett Whiteley's favourite subjects. The book on the table is Whiteley on Trial (2017), about the forgery of a handful of Whiteley's paintings and how the Victorian legal system couldn't find any problem with it

True deliverance make

Be sure your sins will find you out

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Clothesline posts at Millers Point [Aug-2016 475KB]

Go hard or go home

The more we studied history, the more we realised that social decline was nothing new

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Harbour Sands at Darling Harbour [Jan-2017 897KB]

Grey nomads

The Big Lap added years to our lives

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Covered motorcycles on Billyard Ave, Elizabeth Bay [Dec-2015 437KB]

Lotus, Porsha & Mersaydees

Part of Bogan Pride was to give your children the homophonous names of brands you hoped one day they would steal

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Excavation of an ex-service station at Bullaburra in the Blue Mountains [Feb-2011 660KB]

Unleash your inner daemon

Pets lifted our spirits and reminded us of who we really were

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On the Parramatta ferry to Abbotsford [Mar-2015 470KB]

Black hat/ white hat

Choose whichever best reflects your personality

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Black GMC Hummer versus white Chevrolet Corvette, Newtown [Sep-2023 497KB]

Fungible ideology

Little effort was required to go from “SJW” to “WSJ”

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Fearless Girl statue, NYC [Oct-2017 509KB]

Carnival ride

As we grew older, we craved the splendour and luxurious pampering that only floating Xanadus could provide

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Majestic Princess cruise-ship, Circular Quay [Jan-2020 329KB]

A modest proposal

Advocates insisted the choice was morally obvious. 9.4M voters disagreed

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2023 Referendum placards, at Surry Hills & Darlington [Sep-2023 380KB]

A fortress of your art

Few noticed the post-modern irony of appropriating the design of the Naval Range-finding Tower MP-3 at Pleinmont

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Solomon R Guggenheim museum, NYC [Oct-2017 296KB]

Molecular resonance

Free markets guaranteed the enjoyment of identical products and services everywhere

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Nike Savas installation at Macquarie Centre, Sydney [Dec-2017 637KB]

Every city another Venice

From aquarium to fish-soup in one generation

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Tourists at the McMahon Point ferry wharf, Sydney [Jan-2019 344KB]

Aloha Oe

Our way of life faded right before our eyes

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Pasifika themed vintage car, High Street Penrith [Mar-2018 678KB]

Subterranean homesick blues

You didn't need a Snellen chart to see what was coming

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Optometrist window display, Wilson Street Newtown [Jun-2023 391KB]

Remarks

The sun only shone onto the window-display in the late afternoon in winter; The customer was only there for a minute; The poster, the customer and the spectacles all aligned as if by design

Deus lo vult

It became apparent that Organised Religion wasn't

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Greek Orthodox church on Belgrave Street, Kogarah [Oct-2013 482KB]

Cameo soulmate

Forget about drinks after work, she said, and come straight over to her new house; Greetings with a smile and still-wet hair; She shows me around, then orders her hostile mother to leave; We finally agree to dine out; The golden light fades while walking up Rae Street; Her fingers gleam with unexpected rings; Perfunctory tales of a childhood seeking a better life; So elope fast, live well and tick all the boxes she said; And other practical things

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Project Halo at Central Park in Sydney [Nov-2022 475KB]

Crucify your mind

I really thought that love would save us all (Lennon, 1980)

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The exterior of the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Peter & Paul (since repainted), at Petersham [Sep-2012 613KB]

Remarks

As mentioned elsewhere, one of the enjoyable aspects of this project was randomly finding unusual scenes in unexpected places. You could walk for hours and then suddenly there it was, almost as if had been waiting for you all along

All those moments

If only we had off-world colonies for a chance to begin again

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Times Square, NYC [Oct-2017 546KB]

Nothing's gonna change my world

Imagine no Holden Morrisey Caulfield

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Strawberry Fields Imagine mosaic, Central Park NYC [Oct-2017 726KB]

Remarks

Some of the weekend circus attracted to Lennon's memorial in Central Park. Peace had little chance when it came to epic jostling for the best selfie positions, while buskers played variations of St John's simplest tunes in the background

Character arc

A tremendous effort was made to broaden the variety of gender roles

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Sydney candid triptych [Oct-2014 490KB]

In the thrall of Schedule 8

A considerable number of people spent their lives up the Cross

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Fitzroy Gardens in Kings Cross [May-2003 668KB]

Remarks

Taken when using a Leica rangefinder was one of the few unobtrusive ways to do candid photography. Have subsequently used cameras triple the size, sometimes even mounted on a tripod. So it's really just a question of confidence, timing and discretion, and not the brand of camera or whether the logo has been properly covered with black tape

Logic had nothing to do with oppression

(Steinem, 1983)

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Egalitarian architecture at Wunulla Road in Point Piper [Sep-2012 355KB]

Zero-day vulnerability

Novel Sars-CoV-2 began to spread across the globe at the end of 2019. Millions died, economies contracted and civic life became a meandering series of lockdowns

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Balaclava sculpture (since removed) at the Newtown Tram Depot [Jul-2019 959KB]

Cultural aftershocks

The impact of the 911 terrorist attacks reverberated for decades

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911 Memorial park and museum, NYC [Oct-2017 435KB]

It's just a jump to the left

Everyone assumed an informed liberal democracy would sweep the world

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Pedestrian passageway at Potts Point [Dec-2015 797KB]

Teachable moments

With their laser-like focus on identity and representation, gallerists & curators taught everyone the necessity of complete blackness

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Adrián Villar Rojas' “The End of Imagination”, AGNSW [Dec-2022 109KB]

Remarks

For decades we were given ample opportunity to celebrate the Reductio ad absurdum of Art Practitioners. Aside: this was almost the project's final image due to my heart attack in January 2023

The Wall is the Wall

(Trump, 2018)

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Busking opposite Sydney Town Hall [Jan-2018 448KB]

A fit country for heroes to live in

With a place for everyone and everyone in their place

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Unhoused on Pitt Street Mall, Sydney [May-2016 687KB]

Remarks

The Sydney CBD was overrun with panhandlers who tended to position themselves in major thoroughfares to maximise their earning potential. I noticed this particular set-up at a busy outdoor mall and came back a couple of days later to photograph it. Was amazed that neither the police nor council rangers had asked them to move

Freedom behind the wheel

To stream down packed motorways, clutching tickets to the road-trauma lottery

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Tyre burn-outs in an abandoned housing development at Faulconbridge, in the Blue Mountains [Dec-2012 1139KB]

Everything was done to preserve social harmony

Our commitment to specific kinds of inclusion was unwavering

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The waterfall entrance to the NGV, Melbourne [Apr-2019 805KB]

Remarks

Shots through the “water wall” at the National Gallery of Victoria are, unfortunately, a photographic cliché. Usually great care is taken to avoid these things, but this time the juxtaposition between the mother and outside family was too strong to ignore

403 Forbidden

It became necessary to destroy Justice in order to save the Legal System

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Having a legal system with principles will sometimes produce difficult results. Pursuant to s.8(e) of the NSW Court Suppression and Non-publication Orders Act 2010, along with the strict confidentiality provisions under s.462 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW), the purpose(s), if any, of including this scene in this project cannot be disclosed for legal reasons. [Sep-2014 142KB]

In the time of contagion

Green physical distancing dots will continue to guide customers on the best places to sit and stand on all modes

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COVID-19 safe seating on the Double Bay ferry, Sydney [Jul-2020 682KB]

The natural order

Developers → Banks → Speculators → Mortgagors → Tennants → Unhoused

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Fairy Bower café dog bowls, Manly [Jan-2021 773KB]

Rainbow connection

Everyone had a moral duty to embrace love, freedom and revolutionary justice

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Same-sex Marriage Law Postal Survey posters outside the Imperial Hotel at Erskineville [Sep-2017 444KB]

Race Day chic

Ladies in the public enclosure would enjoy themselves during the Cup aftermath

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Rosehill Racecourse, Melbourne Cup hairdresser's picnic [Nov-2005 561KB]

Remarks

Another Hasselblad film image, using my “portable” 3kg set-up of 501CM, Distagon 50 FLE, PME45 viewfinder, Metz flash, cable release and monopod. Taking candid photos with such a rig could at times be challenging…

Dialectical virtuousness

A vanguard of activists, academics, experts and news-workers decided it was their duty to reform everyone else's morals

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Rainbow house, Stanmore [Nov-2017 383KB]

Forever wars

For decades we believed it was peace for our time

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“To Poseidon” sculpture by Xia Hang, at the Australian National Maritime Museum [Apr-2019 547KB]

Winning the argument

Citizens learned that protest-theatre was the only acceptable way to achieve positive social change

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Palestinian demonstrators on George Street, Sydney CBD [Aug-2014 286KB]

Expansionary austerity

Signs of recovery were hard to discern

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Bird cages outside the China Lane restaurant, Angel Place Sydney [Oct-2013 418KB]

Waiting for the V-shaped recovery

It took nearly a century to progress from sound fundamentals and prosperity around the corner to V-shaped recovery and primed for lift-off next year

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Broadway bus-stop beggar, Central [Jan-2020 134KB]

Grand theft generations

With all the cheap debt we created, Boomers could comfortably retire to gated communities in the sky. Any attempt to blame them for the relentless impoverishment and betrayal of future generations is unfair, lazy and wrong

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Jacksons Landing at Pyrmont in Sydney [Jan-2013 186KB]

Back to the beach

All thoughts eventually led to the sea

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Surf carnival surf-skis, Manly beach [Jan-2021 418KB]

The tallest tombstones in the world

Arithmétique Macabre: 9 / 11 = 2977 + 18 462

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Church spire beneath a flight path, at Rockdale in Sydney [Dec-2013 143KB]

Remarks

The impact of the September 2001 Islamist attacks was profound. It seeped into our culture in endless ways, not least the ongoing dread that yet another disaster would come along to smash things up

The Great White Fleet

Every Wednesday afternoon we would close our practice early to go down to the harbour and potter about in yachts

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Sydney harbour boats and ferries [Oct-2014 850KB]

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