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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Talking Adelaide Architecture

The evolution of our suburbs continues, sometimes with striking developments like the new zinc clad “A”-shape geometric modernism in Baliol St. College Park but more frequently with bland boxiness and beige rendering that smothers the earth and pays no heed to energy efficiency. Is this the suburban landscape we want? Is it the suburban landscape we deserve? How much should be left to the individual’s requirements and how much influence should planners have? Where do individual’s requirements, community standards and planning needs intersect and how much should they be allowed to diverge? Is there an Adelaide aesthetic to be proud of? What will a future version of Adelaide: Light and Stone look like?
I don’t always find it easy to decide if a new building has a good aesthetic, or even an old building for that matter! So I have been thinking about my personal values for a while, particularly as I accumulated photos to include in Adelaide: Light and Stone.
Deciding if a building is good is not always a straightforward decision and goes beyond personal preference. For me, a building can work because it is interesting rather than beautiful. Sometimes when it contrasts with its surroundings rather than blending in.
For now, I have adopted the approach of looking at a building and imagining making a postcard to send to friends overseas. Would I choose to include the building or would I go out of my way to avoid including the building as part of the image? This certainly brings a finer focus to the decision making…. And sadly, as I walk around our streets, the answer is too frequently “avoid”. Frequently not because the building is astonishingly ugly, but because it is depressingly bland (although one could argue the difference!).
So when you are thinking about constructing a new building or just painting your existing one, use some ruthless honesty and try imagining it on a post-card. Is this an image that stirs emotion and admiration from the viewer? Enough to make a stranger want to visit your city or suburb? If it doesn’t, is there an alternative affordable alternative? It does not have to be an expensive solution. It could be a change of colour or the plants in the garden. Take some inspiration from places you have visited and why you enjoyed looking at the buildings. Why you might have photographed them! Together we can create an environment we enjoy living in and one that we are proud to display to visitors.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Adelaide: Light and Stone Calendar

In addition to the book, there is now an Adelaide: Light and Stone calendar available from redbubble. It features a few new photos that don't appear in the book as well as some that do in smaller formats as well as a number of feature photos... Redbubble calendars are of lovely quality both in terms of the printing and the paper. You can decide which date they start at too!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

ADELAIDE: Light and Stone promotional release for locally printed version

Adelaide Light and Stone Promo   cover.jpgThe 200 beautiful photos of the City of Adelaide and environs in this engaging book have been taken by local photographer Paul Weston during the past fourteen years. The book is a totally local product, being printed by Openbook Howden at St Marys.

The collection started from a simple premise of displaying the city and region at its natural best. That is, whenever the LIGHT is right and often this is at night!  The book itself began more recently, when Paul could not find a suitable gift for an overseas student who had been staying at his home. The result is a photographer’s personal view of what people love about Adelaide.

Images have been arranged to take the viewer on a journey from the Adelaide Hills, down into the heart of the city, its beaches and parks and out into the surrounding countryside. There is also an architectural journey in time, from contemporary iconic structures to those of early Adelaide when the city had more STONE buildings than any other Australian state capital. Local stone was a more available building material than timber and it features heavily in this book.

Another feature of this book is the use of multiple small photos to create an immersive and rewarding experience. The effect is stimulating and satisfying, like a degustation meal at one of Adelaide’s fine restaurants!  

ADELAIDE: Light and Stone is a compact, lightweight (375 gms) quality product making it the perfect gift for the traveller or coffee table book for home and office.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Adelaide - Light and Stone in stores in Adelaide

Now available at Booked in the North Adelaide Village, Dymocks, Glenelg and City, Imprints in Hindley Street, Urban Cow and Streetlight both in Vaughan Place and Dillons in Norwood. In the hills at Stirling in Matilda Bookshop and at Hahdorf in Storison. Please message me from Facebook if you can't get a copy. Facebook Link . (At Dymocks in the city, its upstairs near the Special Orders counter.)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Adelaide - Light and Stone is now on Facebook!

Keep up with the latest!  Go to Facebook! See where you can buy a locally printed version in Adelaide!

Sunday, July 30, 2017


My new photo book Adelaide - Light and Stone is now available in Hard and Soft Cover versions through Blurb. A great gift idea for anyone who enjoyed their time in Adelaide! ........ "Local photographer Paul Weston takes you on a tour of Adelaide’s architectural history, Botanic Gardens, beaches and countryside, all of which define its unique character. See Adelaide afresh, by both night and day. Enjoy the familiar scenes and discover the obscure to develop a sense of what defines this city. Planned by Colonel William Light and built largely in sandstone and bluestone upon Kaurna country, Adelaide is indeed a city of Light and Stone."

Sunday, July 16, 2017