My initial plan for this project was to interview some local bands, as well as a representative from Triple J to uncover the hidden work behind going up on stage. Unfortunately, the Triple J and one of the band interviews fell through at the last minute, meaning that I had to come up with a makeshift idea. Enter: The City of Sydney. What started as a lunch with mates turned into A LOT of photos (over 400) as well as some interviews. I really wanted to challenge my friends to think about what they love about living in Sydney.
It is often easy to under-appreciate living in one of the best cities in the world. I wanted to uncover the hidden perspectives that my friends had about living in a thriving city. Having spent most of my schooling years attending St Mary’s Cathedral College, right in the heart of the city, I have witnessed first hand both the beauty, and the beast, of the city. I really wanted to capture the urban scape in all its hectic beauty. Additionally, I wanted to highlight the beautiful nature of one of Sydney’s hidden jewels…
Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens
During my HSC I did a lot of study at the state library. Many a lunch break was spent killing time and listening to music at the gardens. By the end of my HSC campaign, they became somewhat symbolic of the freedom I was about to experience for the ensuing 4 months. It is for this very reason that I was inspired to tty and capture the beautiful and serene nature of the Gardens. They provide stunning Harbour views as well as a somewhat beautiful juxtaposition of peace against the busy city of Sydney. They are also home to many different species of fauna and flora.
In the end I had lots of fun capturing some images whilst exploring the city that I love. My only hope is that I managed to convey both sides of Sydney: The hustling, urban, concrete jungle and the beautiful, calm, therapeutic environment that is the Botanical Gardens. Both settings have provided me with some timeless memories.. Memories of a city that has given me so much, and shaped me into the person I am today. And for that, Sydney, I am truly thankful.
Storify link: https://storify.com/liamr184/it-s-the-best-city-in-the-world