Postcards from Cabramatta, Australia
Sorry I haven't been writing for majority of the year. My health took a turn for the worst. In that time I stopped shooting digital and rekindled my love for film. I really like the way these photos came out - this is definitely not what people see when they visit Cabramatta but it just goes to show how much more there is to explore even in a city you've lived in your entire life.
Okay, so maybe not my entire life (I'm actually from NZ!) but I remember when I first arrived in Australia, there was a drug issue in Cabramatta - used Syringes just lying on the grass here and there. Year after year the streets became cleaner. But through it all, it was always the rich South East Asian (mainly Vietnamese) culture and cuisine that brought my family back every weekend. Pork rolls, anyone?
Majority of my friends who live outside of Western Sydney have their perceptions of Cabramatta shaped by the news. So you can only imagine what a scary place it is perceived to be. But this image is slowly being peeled away with the next generation. The introduction of The Usual Cafe this year is just an example - forging a western-modern-hipster establishment. Will we see the rest of Cabramatta follow suit and eventually lose its South East Asian culture as the third generation takes over? Visit soon before this gem disappears.
Featuring my lovely friend, Minh. You can find her on instagram @antiquitease - please show my homegirl some love!
Film: Contax T2 x Ilford 400 / Kodak Gold 400
Cafe: The Usual Cafe - 46 Hill Street, Cabramatta NSW 2166.