“Aloha”

Aloha

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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Albert Street Scene

Albert Street Scene-Watermark

There are few comforts like a warm welcome. Here on Albert Street, Brunswick, the glow from a window suggests the viewer is expected. Framed by casing and grilles, it radiates warmth into the street like an old heater. The illuminated chimney offers the possibility of an open fire.

The chimney and yellow brick fence, and the yellow paint and the exposed beam of house opposite, frame the central window in an implied border. The contrasting green tones of the guttering and pediment of the houses left and right, and the side wall opposite, add a cooler rhythm to the picture without disturbing its stillness, and help stretch the scene out along the streets beyond its borders.

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.