I’ve never been to Adelaide, so I’m hardly an authority to speak on the merits or otherwise of this town. My image is of a boring, isolated outpost whose inhabitants are so bored they spend their time killing people and storing them in acid below a disused bank vault. And I’m not alone in thinking it’s a terrifying place: apparently it’s the murder capital of the world.
Photographer Andrew Cowen was raised in Adelaide during a time where child snatching, incest and mass murders were a dime a dozen. Now an adult, his psyche is still scarred by crimes that even a hardened judge described as “wicked beyond belief”. So he set out to document these innocent, simple buildings where the most heinous of crimes took place.
In a way, Cowen’s photography restores justice to these locations. But his photographs appear so banal and uninteresting that they still disturb – just like Adelaide really. More here.