Sydney Life: Art in Open Air


Hyde Park brings connotations of London but Sydney too has its Hyde Park and apparently in days gone by this was a venue for speakers.  Last month my stroll through Hyde Park was to see the stunning large scale photographs of the annual “Sydney Life Exhibition.” Here works of the 22 finalists were hung on the sides of the Central walk away under a canopy of trees. It was a look at life in Sydney — moments captured with humour, moments that were fresh, and at times touching. I share a selection below that speaks for themselves. Rephotographing is never as good as seeing them but this one is also for my memories of a delightful evening at Hyde Park in Sydney.

Sydney Life Exhibition at the Central Walkaway Hyde Park North, Sydney. 30 Sep.2012. Photograph©Chulie De Silva

Photograph of a Modern family by Graham Munro: A typical Sydney family in 2012. Everyone is connected but no one is talking – at the Art and About Sydney Exhibition.

JENNIFER BLAU
IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AND BECOME SUSTAINABLE
Walking in the bush opposite her home on Sydney’s north shore, Robyn calls for a more sustainable life.

TAMARA DEAN
CHELSEA AND CAROLINE, HIBERNIAN HOUSE
A work from my new series depicting images of young contemporary Australian women within their environments.

JENNY EVANS
ABOVE SYDNEY
Dudley Page Reserve in Dover Heights provides a stunning view of Sydney Harbour

MARCO BOK
LIFESAVERS BONDI BEACH
Candid photo of a lifesaving exercise. From a large unpublished series on Bondi Beach made whilst living there.

MAYLEI HUNT
LET THEM EAT WEDDING CAKE
Sydney residents have been taking to the streets to protest
for the Equal Rights for Gay Marriage in Australia. It’s time.

ROMAN BALLA
WINTER SUNSEEKERS
My mother is 86 this year. On sunny winters days she tries to
warm herself and her guinea pig Squeek.

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