Adelaide, photography, publishing, walking

Walking Adelaide

April 29, 2022

The roots of Walking Adelaide are in the Bowden Archives photography of the 1980s when I walked into and around Adelaide’s CBD whilst I was living in Bowden. Some of those archival photos can be seen in thmy recent is gallery on the Bowden Archives website. It was reworking of the old MA into the Bowden Archives that reconnected me to the critical writings about the city, modernity and photography — eg., those of Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer.

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Those early critical writings about the city, modernity and photography are historically important, and they need to be explored and evaluated in the historical context of Adelaide’s transformation from an industrial to a postindustrial city.

We left Adelaide during this transformation when the little bars were opening up, lane ways were being constructed, and the Adelaide City Council was encouraging people to return to living in the CBD. The Covid-19 pandemic has knocked a hole in this shift to a people friendly CBD. There are less people in the city, the clothes shops in Rundle Street East and of the cafes are closed, and the emerging vibrancy of inner city life has evaporated.

So the Walking Adelaide project has some historical depth and developing it requires a website rather than a blog. The Posthaven blog has served its purpose. Hence the interest in Square Space. Would it be more useful than WordPress? Or should I stay with WordPress? Hence the paying around with the Square Space demo.

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