This is an uneasy scene despite the pacific welcome and the comfort of a church-like façade. Here, at night, the Aloha’s shadowy colour matches the bushes that obscure the observer from the windows, linking the themes of exposure and concealment operating between the fore and middle grounds. The inverted commas invite scepticism about the sincerity of this geographically misplaced word. The house, however, is square to the picture frame, indicating strong foundations and sturdy construction. It is the observer who is uneasy, a quality indicated by the oblique angle of the fence over which the house is viewed.

This image is from my Brunswick by Night collection. Brunswick is a suburb of Melbourne’s inner north, and the collection invites you into its quiet nocturnal character. Visit danielhouse.com.au to see all the Brunswick by Night photographs.


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