Amid the cobwebs and the light that streams through broken windows, you can almost hear a building whisper, “I have a story.” As industries change, buildings often get left behind and we are left to wonder what took place there, and why are they no longer in use. The photographs here document these buildings and how they have been ravaged by time and are often reduced to their original form. There is a tension in our brief interaction with them, without human intervention, buildings take on a sense of inertia and the feeling of a mausoleum, a fantastical in-between space, but not quite a heterotopia. This is an architecture that most people will never see. Aside from the art form, it is important to have a photographic record of the factories, transportation hubs, and houses that once played an important role in shaping our culture, communities, and country. All of these buildings once had significance; every place has a story of its past and its present state, and in some cases, a plan for the future.
As a photographer, it is important to tune in, not only to the architecture, the fittings, the furniture, and the debris strewn across these spaces, but also the nostalgia and memories they evoke. As time passes, these buildings, and the landscapes in and around them, become relics of a disappearing way of life. This is especially true when entire towns have been abandoned due to the demise of local industries.
Matt Bushell has been documenting industrial heritage for close to 7 year throughout Australia and Taiwan aswell as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Matt's first book was published in 2021 through Schiffer Publishing titled Memories of Australia and his photography has been shown in Art Galleries in both Australia and Singapore.
Matt also specialises in Real Estate photography and has photographed various offices buildings, shopping malls and hotels throughout Singapore and also many homes around Brisbane for various real estate firms.
Features / Exhibitions:
Oz Shot Magazine - Brisbane
20/20 Exhibition - Max Galleria Sunshine Coast
Musa Abode Art Gallery - Singapore
How the Light gets in Exhibition - The University of the Sunshine Coast
Memories of Australia Book Launch & Exhibition - Max Galleria Sunshine Coast
Bendigo Bank Exhibition - Cooroy, Sunshine Coast
Bendigo Bank Exhibition - Tewantin, Sunshine Coast
Noosa Open Studios - Tewantin, Sunshine Coast
Noosa Weekender / Article - Newspaper, Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Daily / Article - Newspaper, Sunshine Coast
Courier Mail / Article - Newspaper, Sunshine Coast
ABC Radio / On-Air Interview - Radio Interview / Australia
Triple J / On-Air Interview - Newspaper, Sunshine Coast
Queensland Rail - Brisbane
RATCH-Australia Corporation - Melbourne
RenewalSA - South Australia
Freedom Property - Brisbane
New South Wales Heritage
Jones Lang LaSalle - Singapore
i12 Shopping Mall - Singapore
313 Somerset - Singapore
Axa Tower - Singapore
Marina Bay Financial Center - Singapore
Capital Square - Singapore
Anson House - Singapore
South Beach Tower - Singapore
Balmoral Residencies - Singapore
Troparies - Brisbane
Seafood Conxion - Sunshine Coast
Australia Post - Australia
Bachelor of Design & Communication - The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
Diploma of Graphic Design - Martin College - Brisbane
Certificate IV in Business Administration - NTD Training - Gold Coast
Matt Bushell (42) Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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