John Feely


During isolation regular daily life in Sydney stopped. It was an opportunity to observe the frenetic pace of urban life on hold in my neighbourhood.

Sydney stopped, but it did not standstill, it began to dehumanise. Spiders spun their webs in new locations, street debris decomposed, machinery stood frozen like monuments. I met my neighbours, some unknown to me before. My surroundings filled my consciousness.

It occurred to me that the systems and structures that regulate my environment are sustained by what I give my attention to. Through looking carefully our domination becomes less, a spider becomes as important as a human being and some sort of balance is restored. Simply taking the time to notice is a powerful act that reaffirms the qualities that everyday life can offer.

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