Woolsheds and shearers quarters

Photographer Alison Bennett was awe struck the first time she walked into a woolshed in outback NSW and these photographs are a tribute to vernacular Australian architecture and capture just that sensation.

With the assistance of Shear Outback, the Shearers' Hall of Fame, she was able to access nine significant woolsheds on the Hay Plains in NSW. Alison Bennett explains I wanted to depict them as empty theatre spaces - there is a sense of latent drama. I have resisted constructing a heritage interpretation. They stand as powerful spaces of themselves. The intrigue of an incomplete narrative is part of their resonance

The photographs have been constructed by stitching together digital images to create a slightly warped and unexpected perspective. The distortion is sympathetic to the imperfect lines characteristic of these hand-sawn and rude timber buildings.

8 June 2005 - 8 August 2005

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