Suburban Baroque: David Wadelton

Suburban Baroque
David Wadelton

Melbourne-based photographer David Wadelton presents a new series of work in ‘Suburban Baroque’. This book acts as a portal through time, transporting the viewer into intimate dwellings of post-war working-class immigrants in Melbourne whose homes were decorated in a mid-century modern version of the European Baroque style of décor and design.

Wadelton’s photographs depict interiors drenched in bold floral and geometric pattern in shades of green, gold, brown and orange under the ambient glow of chandelier and pendant lighting often surrounded by kitsch artworks, objects and religious icons capturing times passed yet the sense of pride in culture and heritage remains. ‘This is a salvage operation brought to a book. This is a book of reminders’ says writer and artist Patrick Pound.