Lost in Suburbia Book Launch

I blame it on my dog. "Lost in Suburbia" a book of photographs around Kent Street Weir on the Canning River Perth

Canning River Regional Park

Lost in Suburbia presented to Riverton Library Historical Collection

I started out making “Lost in Suburbia” quite by accident. Basically, I blame it on my dog. My Kelpie enjoys a lot of activity and I walk her early morning and late afternoon around the Canning River Regional Park.

On many of these walks, I took my old Yashica 124G twin-lens film camera. It is a basic medium format film camera with an 80mm standard lens. The Yashica is a surprisingly robust, lightweight camera and a lot of fun to use.

As my collection of images grew, and the idea of a book slowly dawned on me, I supplemented my image-taking with a few digital images. Other times I went back to a location with my large format field camera.

Two Kilometres of River – Lost in Suburbia

I deliberately chose to photograph in black and white, so I could explore forms, textures, and shapes. By eliminating the distraction of color, which can sometimes idealize or embellish a subject, I can delve into the intricate details and subtle nuances that might otherwise be overlooked.

Canning River Lost in Suburbia is a collection of 41 contemporary photographs in a 52-page publication. The photographs were made around the Kent Street Weir within Perth’s Canning River Regional Park.

The area photographed spanned about 2 km of river. To this day I continue to make images of the parkland and river, as part of an ongoing project to record how the landscape changes over time.

Exhibition at Riverton Library and Canning River Eco Education Centre

Lost in Suburbia will be launched at the Riverton Library, with a copy presented to the Riverton Library Historical Collection. A number of silver gelatin prints will also exhibited for 3 weeks.

In May, 2014, I was invited to exhibit my Lost in Suburbia photographs at the newly opened Canning River Eco Education Centre.

Lost in Suburbia – Canning River Regional Park

41 images

softcover 52pp

ISBN 9780987479105

  • Small hatchback car with rear hatch open showing boxed prints ready for transport then installation
  • Alex Bond at lectern microphone at Lost in Suburbia book launch Riverton Library
  • Alex Bond and Sue from Riverton Library Historical Collection holding a copy of Lost in Suburbia, smiling for camera
  • Three exhibition prints hanging from grey display boards, Riverton Library
  • Alex Bond kneeling below one of his silver gelatin prints adjusting picture's info panel Canning River Eco Education Centre
  • New Canning River Eco Education Centre, woman standing at exhibition entrance in distance, close left, exhibition prints hanging from black display boards,
  • Exhibition prints hanging from black display boards, Canning River Eco Education Centre

Since 1989, Alex Bond has published cards, calendars, books, and posters under his imprint Stormlight Publishing. His images showcase the West Australian environment. Bond's handcrafted, silver-gelatin, fibre-based prints are personally made by the author in his darkroom.

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