destroying the old, creating the new
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The late 198os and early 1990s in Adelaide was a period after the 1980s property boom and during ‘the recession we had to have’.  I was living alone and working long hours  tutoring and cleaning (early morning and evening) in … Read More

the “rust belt” state
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The deregulatory  financial reforms of the Hawke/Keating  government from 1983 that saw the globalisation of the Australian economy helped to advance the speculative boom that occurred in the late 1980s. In Adelaide, insurance companies, superannuation funds and government financial institutions … Read More

a point of departure
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As the  social relationships between people were becoming increasingly mediated by images,  and the symbols of consumption such as cars, neon signs, and shops became ever more seductive and signs of social status and personal identity, the process of  deindustrialisation continued … Read More

empty streets
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One of the most striking characteristics of  Adelaide’s  CBD  in the 1980s was the empty streets outside of the weekday’s  9-5  working hours. During the weekend the streets were more or less empty,  and apart from the tumbleweeds in Rundle … Read More

Adelaide in the 1980s
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The early 1980s in the anxious city of Adelaide saw the redevelopment of the Adelaide Railway Station precinct as a means to revitalise the city of Adelaide to address  South Australia’s  economic decline and  high unemployment. The redevelopment was part … Read More

seascapes + memory
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As I go through my black and white archives  from the 1980s for The Bowden Archives and Other Marginala book   I am starting to come across  some seascape images that I cannot recall making.   Nor can I recall … Read More

Bowden textures
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During the 1980s when  I was working on the Bowden project  in Adelaide The Developed Image, the South Australian Photographic Workshop  and the South Australian Workshop (SAW) came into existence.  There were number of  art photographers gathered around each. The Developed Image was the first … Read More

warehouse, Bowden
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In the 1980s Bowden-Brompton  was a mixture of housing, factories, shops and small offices and warehouses. I was surprised by this mixture,  given that Bowden is less than 4 kilometres from Adelaide’s CBD and adjacent to the Adelaide Parklands.  It … Read More

Bowden graffiti
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The graffiti around the  streets of Bowden in the 1980s was done prior to the tagging and the boom in  street art in New York  in the 1970s-1980s and prior to many councils encouraging street art in the city by designating walls … Read More

office girls, Bowden
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The  Australian photographic context or reference point for the street work in the  Bowden project  is probably the  Candid Camera: Australian Photography 1950s-1970s exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia  in 2010. This  was  curated by Julie Robinson, the Art Gallery’s Senior Curator … Read More

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