See Perth through London based photographer, Sonal Kantaria’s lens and get blown away by the sheer vastness of the city
Leaving wintery London in February 2013, I arrived to sweltering 35 °C heat in Perth. It was my first encounter with Australia fuelled by a few stereotypes; intense heat endless sunshine, idyllic beaches and the continuing coastline that the city is renowned for.
+ Pinnacles, Western Australia, 2016
So what did I find there? Known as the most isolated city in the world, the stillness and quietness of Perth’s urban landscape juxtaposed with the bustling metropolis of London, was one of the first things that I noticed when I first arrived there. It is populated by 2 million people and yet so sporadic that often left me wondering, where is everyone?
Having grown up in the UK and spent the majority of my adult life living in London, this sense of space was profound. The large gum trees with their soft bark much like skin, the clear and big blue skies, quality of the warm and harsh light, and those starry skies at night, all played to my senses. And so began my love affair with the country.
Last modified: October 16, 2018