A new photobook by Melbourne photographer Adrian Whear celebrates the zany, eclectic and beautiful world of Australia’s urban environments.
Captured over a six year period from 2017 to 2022, Detour features images captured primarily in Melbourne, but also Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Broome and even Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“We live in a modern, vibrant city but Melbourne’s true soul still lies in its hidden alleys and lanes,” says Whear.
The origins of the 92-page book began in Melbourne’s Covid 19 lockdowns in 2019.
“Initially I set about developing an audio visual presentation for the Bright Festival of Photography, looking at the covid experience through the lens of a street photographer,” he explains.
From there, the 54-year old decided to use the presentation as a starting point to explore his ongoing street photography in a longer form.
The result is Detour, which has not only helped him re-discover his own country of Australia and home town of Melbourne, but is now in its third edition, having sold out each of the 50 copies in its first and second editions.
Images in the self-published book were captured with a Canon 6D Mark II and a variety of lenses including 24-70 and 24-105mm zooms.
Whear says he looks for strong visual aesthetics with a storytelling component in his work.
“I try to make art of the scenes and streets we frequently walk past and not give a second thought,” he says.
You can purchase a copy of Detour direct from Adrian Whear via firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is $70.
You can also see Whear’s AV presentation which went on to win a gold medal at the APS Autumn Nationals, below.