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Occasional photos of interesting views as snapped by guest artists from Australia and abroad.

Remembering That Things Will Change: Warren Kirk

Affectionately known as the 'Westographer', Warren Kirk has spent decades capturing images of old Australian suburbia, the people and architecture. His photographs bring to the fore a hidden beauty, celebrating the regular, the vernacular, and the humble. Warren's latest book Suburbia ventures further to include suburbs like Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Dandenong and Clifton Hill. We bring you a selection of photos from Suburbia, with an essay by author and actor William McInnes.

Real Estate Boom House

Some years during the Spanish real estate boom, which began in the mid-1980s and ended abruptly in 2008, more than 500,000 houses were being constructed annually all over Spain. In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, a photography and design project by Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, architect, curator and scholar at Princeton University, examines what is left.

Balimbing: Filipino Queerness

Gregory Lorenzutti was working in Tacloban City when he met a group of young performers preparing for the first fiesta since Typhoon Haiyan had devastated the region, 18 months earlier. In this photography series, Lorenzutti captures the beauty of Filipino queerness, and the complex story of how LGBTIQ families were affected by the city's rebuilding.

Sharehomes

Share housing into adulthood has its benefits - cheaper rent, shared household chores and a friendly face to share a cup of tea with. Bri Hammond takes us into six Melbourne share houses, whose occupants would not dream of renting alone.

Chen Wei: The Club

China’s nightclub scene emerged in the early 1990s as a crucial place for collective gathering, quickly becoming a new meeting place for intellectuals and artists where radical ideas and thoughts could be freely exchanged. Today, Chen Wei has painstakingly researched, recreated and photographed a visual archive of '90s Chinese club culture in an effort to document these revolutionary settings.

Seasonal Abandonment of Imaginary Worlds

Carine Thévenau documents and examines deserted playground relics of the Japanese 1980s financial boom (and bust). The abandoned structures create a visual silence, allowing room for curiosity and critical thought. This interval, referred to as “Ma” in Japanese philosophy, is defined as a space between, or a pause that enables space for emotion, thought and life to pass through it.

Jesse Thompson: The Baltics

Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia - the three Baltic states remain a bit of an enigma even in our hyper-connected world. Traversing this sliver of Europe between Scandinavia and Russia, with a socialist history and a dynamic, hi-tech present, photographer Jesse Thompson captures a series of observations on the lift of prosperity and the weight of the past.

Mineral Matter: Brooke Holm

"My study of landscapes in photography directly relates to the personal connection I have with nature. It is because of this strong captivation that I have a desire to investigate the relationship between humans and the environment." In her new Mineral Matter series, New York-based photographer Brooke Holm explores Iceland's river deltas from above.

On Loss and Belonging

What makes a home out of an ordinary place? In this new edition of EYES, student of architecture and photographer Rita Liao takes us on a journey through central Taiwan, where she loses a family member, but finds a new sense of place and belonging.

Across the Denmark Strait

Other than Australia (which, as a continent, doesn’t really count), Greenland is the largest island in the world. Enveloped almost entirely by ice, however, Greenland is anything but ‘green’. In this special Eyes series, photographer Alisha Gore navigates the country’s largely uninhabited east coast, documenting a loaded, untamed landscape while meditating on the value of a life without distraction.

Future Perfect: Judy Natal

From geothermal tourist sites in Iceland to the so-called failed experiment of Biosphere 2, the world in Chicago-based photographer Judy Natal's 'Future Perfect' series explores the ever-changing landscapes of Earth and our relationships to them, as humans entangled in a global ecological framework. Here, she describes how she created her vision of the future from fragments of a very real present.

Between Ruins: Athens

In this edition of EYES, graduate architect and writer Amelyn Ng shares a photographic investigation of Athens and its urban idiosyncrasies. Oscillating between the perspectives of first-time visitor and wandering observer, in her travels Amelyn noticed a new kind of ruination – distinct from those we usually associate with the ancient city – beginning to reveal itself.

Vanishing Suburbia: Warren Kirk

For the last five years, self-taught photographer Warren Kirk has been sharing his photos of the living relics of Melbourne's western suburbs online, as the 'Westographer'. Warren's obsessions culminated recently in the publication of his first book, 'Westography: Images of a Vanishing Suburbia'. Here, he shares some photos from his collection and the story behind his tireless work.

Interior atmosphere: Berndnaut Smilde

In Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde's 'Nimbus' photographic series, clouds are created in the midst of human-made environments, with the artist treating the relationship between the clouds and their backdrops like classic landscape paintings – in which light, reflections and shadows are all part of the bigger picture. Here, Berndnaut shares his thoughts on creating the "ideal space" we see in his work.

Musashi-Koyama

In the winter of 2015, Prudence and Leon Goh landed in Tokyo and soon set up their new home in the Musashi-Koyama area – located on the Meguro train line and removed from Tokyo’s heaving centre. In this photographic series taken from the couple’s recent independently published photo book, Prudence and Leon share a visual exploration of the neighbourhood they now call home.

Gulf futures: Doha

In October last year, photographer and regular AP contributor Tom Ross found himself taking shelter from Doha’s blistering 42-degree heat in an “overpriced ashtray” of a hotel. After adjusting to the new climate, Tom gathered himself and stepped out into the desert city, where he captured this portrait of Qatar’s ever-changing and rapidly growing capital.

Japan: surface simplicity

Photographer Morgan Hickinbotham works across the fashion, design, architecture and commercial spheres. Seeing and thinking in sound and vision, he also makes music and video art. He is interested in the aesthetic of imperfection, or, as he says, “the minor narratives that are otherwise locked up inside the bigger picture.” Here he shares this series shot across seasons and emotions, in Japan.

Everyday monuments: Madrid

For graduate architect and writer Amelyn Ng, the streets of Madrid have "a quiet magnetism that is hard to explain. Not in the city’s tourist or retail attractions, to which most visitors flock, but in its ‘in-between’ spaces or rhythms of the everyday." Back from an architectural study tour of the city, Amelyn shares this psychogeographic portrait of Spain's capital.

Ngurra, Wanga

Three years ago, photographer Tim Hillier began documenting Indigenous Hip Hop Projects as they toured their youth cultural programs throughout regional and remote Australian communities. Since then, he's been behind the lens watching young people dance, paint, perform and find a voice for each of their unique stories – and in doing so, has been adding to his own.

Cycling the city: CMWC 2015

In 2008, photographer Sam Wong met Tai Bell on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins Streets “where b-boys gather to hang out each weekend. I knew nothing about him until recently, when he invited me to photograph the 2015 Cycle Messenger World Championship in Melbourne.” Here, Sam shares his on-the-ground images while Tai reflects on his passion for this global two-wheeled gathering.

Balkans

Sarah Pannell is an Australian documentary photographer with a case of wanderlust. Schooled in international relations, Sarah first picked up a camera while studying in the Netherlands. The urge to explore never left—since 2008, Sarah’s kept off the beaten track to capture the strange, humorous and poetic. She shares this series of wild blues and solitude, shot while journeying through the Balkan Peninsula.

Myrtle Beach

June Canedo is a Brooklyn-based photographer who was born to Brazilian parents and raised in both America and Brazil. Her recent work is a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture through the medium of film photography. Working in series, she attempts to bring her personal experiences, the subject, and the audience together. Here's one she shot last summer on hot sands of South Carolina.

George Byrne: LA Story

Upon moving to LA, Australian photographer and musician George Byrne discovered a passion for documenting his new surrounds through the limited parameters of Instagram. These images of spontaneous composition reflect his quest for the perfect balance of style and substance – with brilliant blue skies, painted walls and passersby the preferred subjects for his particular LA story.

A Place to Break in the Movement of the Crowd

Talking civic spaces and 'the space between' we asked Rafaela Pandolfini to turn her lens to people using public areas. Leaning, lounging, perching, conversing – the moments captured are a tale of two cities and the collective personalities of their inhabitants. Where in the past Rafaela has observed the movement of the crowd, now she discovers where we find a place to break in it.