When photographer Louise Hawson realized she didn't know her own city all that well she did something about it. She set herself the task of visiting 52 of Sydney's suburbs - one a week for a year. She was looking for beauty in the everyday and with her keen eye she found it. The blog where she ran the photos caught the attention of the Museum of Sydney. Not only did they put on a show of the photographs, and New South Press published a book entitled...yep, you guessed it, 52 Suburbs. Hawson now has her sights set on the rest of the globe with a new project shooting suburbs of well-known cities all over the world. Tell us a bit about 52 Suburbs, the blog. 52 Suburbs is the name of a photographic project I did in 2009-10, where I explored 52 Sydney suburbs over the course of a year. It came about when I was looking around for a challenging photographic project to do. When I realised I was a stranger in my own city I decided to explore a new suburb each week, photograph it and share what I discovered on a blog, 52suburbs.com The focus was to find the 'beauty in the burbs' and avoid the usual postcard clichés. The blog was so popular that it was published as a book and an exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. I'm now working on 52Suburbs Around the World where I will visit 4-6 famous cities for between 2-3 months each, bypassing the postcard clichés to explore and photograph their 'unfamous' side - their suburbs.
How would you describe your office? Small but comforting. I love the old wooden table I work on (an ex-school science lab bench) and the fact I can see trees and blue sky in the corner of my eye, even when I'm chained to the computer all day long editing images. One end of the room is me (calm), the other, my eight year old daughter (chaos). I try not to look at her end as it's way too cluttered for my liking.
- Desk from an old friend's parents, who got it from an old school science lab.
- Old Chinese bench, from a shop called Flash Trash, now sadly gone.
- Child's wooden chair, Mitchell Road Antiques
- IKEA drawers for storing flat stuff.
- Ugly wire thing holding all my daughter's clutter from Howard's Storage.
- Tech tools include my iMac (love), several external hard drives (love), phone (indifferent to) and the bits and pieces that let my Canon 5D MK II talk to my iMac (love).