Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, released in 2015 show that Perth is the fastest-growing capital city in Australia and the fourth to hit two million people. Perth’s geographic isolation and resources boom investment has been a blessing and a curse providing opportunities and frustrations.
I moved to Perth in 1989 and immediately fell in love with the city, its weather, friendly people and laid back lifestyle. It was a stark contrast to the western suburbs of Sydney where I had been living for the previous couple of years or drab Glen Waverley in Melbourne where I had grown up. A few years later, I was a proud ‘home owner’ ready to dominate my own small piece of real estate a mere 20 kilometers north of the CBD but, I thought at the time, located at the end of world… Postcode 6025. Still in the suburbs, but this time by choice, with a car and the means to escape if it all became too much to bare. I’m still here, exerting my influence over my little fiefdom, my home and sanctuary.
The suburbs. Places of myth, of dreams and frustration, where the banality of everyday existence reveals our true selves. 6025 is an ongoing project where I examine the changing streets close to where I live. The homes on these streets represent more than mere place, they are a material mass being given shape and form. They are the public façade of a private realm and as the residents make their mark, they give me clues to their values, desires and concerns.