Entry descriptionWhere men hide. This series explores the curious and intriguing world of the Australian Shed. Often referred to as ‘Man Caves’
All sheds are labours of love. They capture an essence of the owner, their past, present and hopes for the future.
Celebrating the Australian cultural phenomenon of the shed and highlighting its historical importance, the series of photographs takes a direct view of the subject from the owner’s perspective.
I completed this project in order to see how these spaces translate the character, stories and lives of their owners, so when viewed together they create a narrative of the Australian male society. This asks us to look at the question of what the shed’s purpose is beyond the practical?
Some owners call them their church, haven or home from home. They provide a form of therapy for a nation of men who statistically don’t go to therapy; they have caused divorces and saved marriages.
They are more than just sheds – they are a man’s cave.
About the photographerBorn in East London and developing a passion for art and image-making at a young age, White studied art at Southend Art College, before going on to Kent Institute of Art & Design.
Alongside working in advertising, many magazines have profiled his artwork - including Creative Review, The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian and The Independent.
White was the key speaker at the 2012 Grid Photo Festival in Amsterdam.