Crafting a portrait of Sydney

Sydney, the largest city of Australia by population, is a diverse mix of culture, architecture, food, ethnicity, sport and everything else. To make a portrait of such a multifaceted city is a real challenge by twin sisters, Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki have seen this as an opportunity and turned it into a collaborative art project ‘People Make Places: Sydney’.

All Sydney-siders are invited to create a piece that fits within a matchbox and responds to the theme ‘Sydney – My City’. The interpretation is open to one’s imagination. All the matchboxes are being collected and stored into large transparent boxes forming the artwork and the result is a unique portrait of the City of Sydney.

The intention for it is to travel to many places in the world introducing Sydney through the eyes of the locals, telling stories of urban life by its residents, portraying the character of today’s multi-cultural society. Click here to get involved.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.

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