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A Gimlet Eye

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Kirk

Warren Kirk

Today’s beautiful thing was recommended by reader Phil McAloon who emailed me about Australian photographer Warren Kirk. I was so intrigued by Phil’s email, I thought I’d quote it. Take it away, Phil!

 “Warren Kirk has a photo stream (and book) called Westography.  He takes beautiful, elegiac photos of the passing of a way of life in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.  This is an area where the wave of post-war migrants is slowly giving way to gentrification and highways.”

Phil’s phrase ‘elegiac photos’ gave me the shivers! He’s exactly right, of course, but that’s not a word it would have occurred to me to use in that way. Phil, maybe you should be writing this one!

Like the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the illustrator who has been chronicling the disappearing mom-and-pop shops of Tokyo, Kirk seems also to be trying to hang onto something, or at least to give it a good sendoff. I like his sense of nostalgia and his gimlet eye for brutal reality.

You can buy Westography: Images of a Vanishing Suburbia from Echo Publishing, and you can see all Kirk’s amazing photos on Flickr.

All images property of Warren Kirk.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

9 thoughts on “A Gimlet Eye

  1. Elegiac is definitely the most perfect word to articulate the atmosphere of these images. All photos capture time, of course, but these feel as if they are capturing the cusp of the passing of time. I absolutely feel the sense of these scenes being on the fulcrum, balancing between a bygone era and each scene being replaced. It’s like a time capsule. I am sleep-deprived and not explaining myself well but we sometimes have this borg mind thing going on so hopefully you catch my drift.

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  2. That barbershop is fabulous!

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  3. OMG what utterly fantastic photos!! That barber-shop interior is now etched in my memory; also the fellow with the bushy white beard in front of the faded wooden house. Wow, love them all!
    I’m trying to catch up on posts now – got quite a ways to go! Ay yi! 😀

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