Samantha reflects on Sydney’s obsession with real-estate that has cast aside the characters that gave us our holidays. Forgotten and neglected, the land sadly now being of more value. These little houses have tolerated architectural ridicule, sandy slumping mattresses, jugs of cordial in the fridge and sunny boys in the freezer. Three generations, perhaps four have laughed and giggled and knocked over jigsaw puzzles.
But now these are the last dreams, (or nightmares) of the holiday house. Nostalgia drifts in and out, blinding us from the harsh ugliness and utilitarian design of these little (temporary) homes. Yet they all possess a satisfying neatness and form. Resulting in a calming effect.
No one notices houses any more as they are too busy scrutinising the land, the value, the dream. Houses no longer create calmness but chaos. These simple dwellings create a harmonic collection together visually.
About the artist
Samantha Burns is a Sydney based photographer and designer. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2001. She was an official photographer for the Sculpture By the Sea exhibition for 8 years, featuring in their 15th Anniversary publication and having the cover for their 2012 catalogue. She won the Yellow Pages “Capture the Cover” 2013 competition for the St George and Sutherland Shire region. In 2012 Samantha was featured in the top landscape images for the Better Photography Magazine. In 2011 she was a semi finalist in the Moran Portrait Prize and also in 2011 was a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Photographic Landscape Prize.
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