CELEBRATE ART: Adelaide Noir by Alex Frayne

Discover a different side of a familiar city, with this beautiful (and beautifully sinister) photography art book by photographer Alex Frayne.

Adelaide Noir explores the city of churches like you’ve never seen it before, reshaping the way South Australians see their state. Alex’s images of factories, playgrounds and shopping centres give voice to his darkly comic vision, seeking beauty in the mundane, and art wherever it may be found.

Post written by Poppy Nwosu

As part of my work at Wakefield Press (in marketing and publicity) I often get the chance to sit down and listen as authors talk about their upcoming books, sharing fascinating stories about why they wrote what they wrote, or what their art means to them.

Being exposed to artistic people who are passionate about what they do, and getting the opportunity to hear them speak, is one of the (many) things I love about my work at Wakefield.

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Recently, I had the chance to listen in on a very interesting conversation with photographer Alex Frayne about his new book, Landscapes of South Australia, which will be published by Wakefield in December 2020.

You will have to wait until December to find out more about his exciting upcoming book, but believe me, it will be worth the wait! The photography is stunning!

Listening to Alex talk about his relationship with photography was a really fascinating experience for me, as so much of what he said about how he approaches his craft actually reminded me of my own feelings and process towards writing fiction. Such different creative outlets, and yet apparently similar in many ways.

But I guess the one thing that really struck me about the conversation was Alex saying multiple times that photography is art.

I liked this very much.

Photography is art.

Of course, I already knew this. I am a big fan of art and have always thought of photography as being an extension of that world … but for some reason, his words really stuck with me. They made me realise that when I go to a photography exhibition, I view the photographs as windows of our world, as a reflection, and not always as a stand alone piece of art. I kind of thought that was interesting!

After Alex left the office, I decided to go check out an earlier book of his, also published through Wakefield Press, called Adelaide Noir. And I loved it. Which is why I wanted to feature it here for readers today, as part of our Celebrate Art series.

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

And here are some personal favourites (my favourite kind of photography always seems to be the dusk or night photos):

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Adelaide Noir, photography by Alex Frayne

Years ago, photographer Alex Frayne set about reshaping the way South Australians see their state. Adelaide Noir was born.

The series moved quickly from the cult shadows to bright places in homes and galleries. Now the photographs are seen daily by a growing legion of fans. Alex’s images of factories, playgrounds and shopping centres give voice to his darkly comic vision, seeking beauty in the mundane, and art wherever it may be found.

Discover more about Adelaide Noir on our website and remember, the best way to show your support for writers, poets, publishers and booksellers is to buy books!

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2 thoughts on “CELEBRATE ART: Adelaide Noir by Alex Frayne

  1. i like the cloud effects in Frayne pieces and would like to contact him with an idea

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