2042 Newtown

Within post code 2042 lie Newtown and Enmore, suburbs of Sydney’s inner west. I completed a street photography course at the nearby Sydney University and found an abundance of opportunities in this area to practise my street photography as both Newtown and Enmore are well known for their creative street art, graffiti and busker scene. I am not alone in my love of Newtown for its art scene. For the 20th Biennale of Sydney in 2016, Swedish artist Bo Christian Larsson’s “Fade Away Fade Away Fade Away” performance installation at Camperdown Cemetery challenged our human desire for order, identification and understanding. Larsson directed a team of seamstresses to cover tombstones in white linen, a metaphor to mask all prejudices. In Newtown Square, at the confluence of King Street and Enmore Road opposite the Newtown Railway Station, is the location of the local market every Saturday. I have visited often with friends to browse the stalls looking for those pre-loved vinyl LP records, books, clothes, homemade merchandise and more. The area has been a centre for live entertainment since the late eighteen hundreds with Sydney’s highest concentration of independent theatres and live performance spaces with The Enmore Theatre being the most noted. Opening in 1908 The Enmore is mooted to be NSW’s longest running live music venue. I have visited countless times often meeting friends for pre-concert dinner and drinks at the nearby Duke Hotel. I have seen some of Sydney’s best comedians and world’s strongest musicians like Alice Cooper, Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Led Zeppelin & David Bowie tribute concerts and many more.
Words & pictures by Antoine Veling. His pictures can be found on his website www.antoineveling.com and Instagram @antoine909.