Friday, June 07, 2013

Cockatoo Island Part 2

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Photos shot by Me

I've always been drawn to eerie, moody, pensive things. I'm glad that these photos sort of turned out that way, a cross between the mood of The Virgin Suicides and an industrial Twin Peaks. Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO world heritage site, that was once a convict penal establishment (convicts were relegated to hard labor), it was also a reform school and ship yard. It is situated in Sydney harbour at the junction of Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. This place has the ability to make you feel extremely isolated, you forget that you are in major city. The mood is cold and there is an odd sense of something lurking in the shadows. If you were to stay here by yourself, you'd probably go mad. With it's large warehouses that once inhabited ships, the metal frames feel as though it would collapse on you at a moments notice. There are underground tunnels, sand stone forts and high stairs that lead to the look out point- the height renders you to vertigo. I like how the island is used as an art venue. However, I think one of the downsides of this is the abundance of space. Sometimes I find art exhibitions don't maximise the use of the landscape to it's full potential.

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