The Bird Shop -Marrickville

Lila Alias

Round Corner Dural, Australia

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Marrickville (in Sydney, Australia) was where I grew up as a child. It will always hold the softest fondness in my heart.
I love the cultural mix there, to me it is one of the most socially unique places in the whole world. A mix of old 1st generation migrant Greeks (who are now quite well off and comfortable, with huge families), young migrant Vietnamese who work very hard to support their families, (many can’t speak much English and there are a LOT of Vietnamese owned shops along Marrickville road), and theres the trickle of the Newtown arty types who simply cannot afford to live in Newtown anymore and wish to create Marrickville as second arty hot spot.
The lingual clashes between the old Greeks, and the young Vietnamese are common and quite amusing. Greeks know how to speak English, but are too patriotic to Greece to speak it. The Vietnamese struggle with English, and because there are so many other Vietnamese, they end up speaking their language. Neither of the Ethnic majorities really understand each other, and it causes some fairly interesting conversations. Especially in shops.

This shot was taken when driving through my old suburb on Mother’s Day. An old man had set up his little shop, selling birds and tubs of honey from the boot of his car.
This is my first attempt at selective colouring on photoshop. I am quite proud of how it turned out. And may I say, the car was really that blue!

Image copyright © 2008, Lila Alias. Copying and displaying or redistribution of this image without permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

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