11 October 2018 at 7:35 pm (Surry Hills, Australia)

BY ROBERT CATTO

Sydney’s a city.

Sure, there’s a harbour, there are beaches, there’s the Opera House - but there’s also all the things that come with a large population trying to coexist on a small amount of land.

Traffic, construction, development - history getting plowed under for renewal and development, with little pockets saved by determined campaigning that, once in a while, succeeds in protecting the past.

Don’t get me wrong, I like a well-designed modern building as much as the next person; it’s the badly designed, quickly-thrown-together ones I object to.

So, like most cities, there’s a mix of both to be found - glimpses of history, as often as not eclipsed by giant development beside, behind, and above. A brand new convention centre, a wall of glass and light, faces off against a tranquil Chinese garden.

I do enjoy the mix. I like spotting the signs of what came before - sometimes, literally, they’re the signs. But once in a while, it’s a merry-go-round. Just like the city, really.

Stay in one place for too long, and sooner or later, the tow truck will come…

Robert Catto

PO Box 806, Darlinghurst, NSW 1300, Australia

I'm a Canadian photographer now living in Sydney Australia, specialising in performing arts, live events, editorial and corporate / commercial work.