We see a lot of small town America lost in time, holding on to its kitschy nostalgia, refusing to upgrade, but I was given a tip off to a Flickr account documenting a place on the opposite side of the world that’s equally characterised by ghost signs, mid-century homes and a disappearing community. Photographer Warren Kirk a.k.a Westographer, takes us to the suburbs of Australia where he thrives off capturing the mundane, the old school and quirky side of life outside of the big cities.
“I guess what I’m attempting to do is capture a moment in time that is actually now, but it’s got its foot well in the past by about 30 or 40 years.” He wanders suburban time capsule communities all over his vast country, meeting people along the way who have lived in the same dated yet carefully maintained homes for half a century. As gentrification takes hold, the historically unfashionable suburbs stubbornly but charmingly stick to what they’ve always known. “I’m attempting to capture the last of the old school western suburbs, what’s disappearing gradually – or not so gradually”
Lose your sense of time in Warren Kirk’s treasure trove of a Flickr account.