Australians have a love affair with rural sheds which stems from their utility, compositional quirks and oddities and rustic charm.
49 sheds is an ongoing series of photographic images that document various rural sheds found dotted across the vast landscape of Australia. Captured by Monash University lecturer and architect, Ross Brewin, these sheds have been subjectively chosen during drives through the country, with the images aiming to capture the various odd formal and material qualities of these humble structures. Recalling the work of the German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, each shed is captured as a single frontal elevation in order to abstract its formal and material composition and to create a consistent method of documentation.
Displaying the presence and weathering effects of time, the state of ruin of some of the sheds prompt consideration of what may have led to their abandonment and a sense that the natural elements will eventually reclaim the human-made.