‘The Street Wise’: An essay in words and photographs of the extraordinary people living within the City of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. It is a journey into the heart of a community operating on the fringes of mainstream urban society - most of whom we may not know personally, but will instantly recognize on the streets of any city - for who they are, or what they represent. Unlike many coffee table volumes, ‘The Street Wise’completes the portrait of its subjects by adding the human side of the story.
This magnificent volume tells, in words and pictures, the story of how they became the person we see. The intellectual hippy who became a leading artist, the Nazi war victim who became a shuffling disadvantaged resident in sheltered accommodation, the abused child who found peace in a same sex relationship, or the Lord Mayor, all are as much part of the community as the police officer or the local newspaper proprietor. All have a public face and a story to tell.
200 pages (30.5 x 22 cm), hard cover, printed in five colours. The book contains around 200 insightful portraits by Peter Adams and an informative and often humorous text of nearly 80,000 words by author Alan Lloyd. A historical snapshot of a community like no other, it has been written and photographed with empathy and humour.