dirk hr spennemann photography



Urban Interactions

A city's biography is written in its buildings.

Australia is one of the most urban countries in world, with over 92% of its population living in cities. Leading busy lives, much of our urbanite gaze is focussed on the immediate street level, rarely skyward. The denser the urban space, the less we see the layers of history which surround us.
      Drawing on several Australian cities, the photographs in this exhibition expose the layers of cumulative history that gives every city its own unique character. Progressive or traditional, plain or highly ornate, a building's architecture is a representation of the ideas and aspirations of its makers and its age. Through the device of fašades architects consciously frame people's perceptions of the built landscape, and determine how they move through it.
      The eye of the photographer captures this process, selectively reframes it, and refocuses the audience's gaze on the subconscious ways in which fašades influence how we move through, and interact with, urban spaces.




Hahndorf Academy
Heysen Gallery

Hahndorf, SA

(18 March - 25 April 2011)




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