Julie Shiels explores the interiors of buildings adjacent to her 20-storey apartment in central Melbourne. Although void of human presence, her photographic series ‘Empty’ is a study of a neighbourhood and the purposeful activity it sustains during working hours. Turning the focus to the furniture, tools, technology and personal paraphernalia that populate these spaces, the images invite reflection on the nature of work. They offer an alternative view of high-rise life, which only reveals itself when light penetrates the opaque reflective surfaces of these towers.
Hitchcockian views, or as Julie Ewington describes it, ‘high-rise snooping’, show remnants of the day’s happenings, such as cluttered desks and abandoned step ladders, and remind us that things continue to exist even when they slip from view.