For the Love of a City

This is a small selection of a photographic essay taken of Sydney's western suburbs. Using photographs and collage, Chrissie looks for contrasts that give clues to organic growth and changing culture of the city. She looks at the shaping of the suburban block, through plants and architectural ornament.

She seeks to articulate an aesthetic of Sydney: the fabric of which is found in vernacular architecture and which is woven from ornament of far-flung history and place.

Western Sydney contains a particularly rich array of vernacular architecture.  Despite Sydney’s violent origins, here forms a gentle stratum of cross-cultural fertilisation. Sydney's organic development of architectural ornament forms a document of identity and history.