Taken throughout the 1990s, Paul Blackmore’s photographs document outdoor life in a range of Sydney suburbs. Much of suburban life is defined by the experience of having neighbours — living in close proximity with others, together yet apart. Blackmore’s photographs explore contrasting expressions of neighbourliness — driveway cricket matches in a Balmain gated community, the friendly openness of working on your car in the front yard, a community bonding over the protest against a proposed local airport. These photographs from the Library’s collection show people relating to the world around them, starting with those next door.
On display Level 1, Macquarie Street Building from 30 August 2016