Monday, 18 July 2011


A discontent with suburbia is implicated within American photographer Bill Owen's photo book 'Suburbia'. The people in these images aren't really unhappy, but as a British viewer, we assume this life is one of discontent for the sterotypical condition of materialist can not guarantee happiness surely? The wording accompanying the imagery reflects what we assume to be artifice and fake-ness characteristic of Americans; due to our lack of understanding of their breezy humour and happy demeanour in our conservative and restrained culture. What springs to mind when I think about suburbia is the songs of my beloved band 'Blur', a band characterised through their disparity with suburbia but also acceptance of the existence. The satrical wit and lyrical irony formulates itself into a catchy tune which would accompany a Bill Owen's image quite beautifully.

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