Airbnb. by Oliver Berlin

I recently hit the 100 shoot mark as an Airbnb photographer.

I couldn't think of a more interesting way to visit and meet so many people and places in and around Hobart.

As part of the new economy (remote subcontractor for giant online franchise), I have really enjoyed seeing the sheer diversity of Airbnb accommodation here in Hobart.

I have photographed clean, spare bedrooms in houses in Glenorchy, charming cottages nestled amongst vineyards and ultra modern, stylish apartments dotted around the city.

For me the most fascinating part of the job is meeting and talking to passionate hosts from all walks of life and ethnicities!

Bring on the next 100!

iphone tasmania by Oliver Berlin

I returned to Hobart to live a few years ago. I had lived, studied, loved, learned, struggled in Sydney for 29 years. I left Hobart in haste in 1983. Great haste. Like many young people, I wanted to fly the coupe, leave the sometimes claustrophobic scale and familiarity of Hobart. I returned, usually annually, to visit my mother. Hobart, and in fact Tasmania, occurred to me as a slow time lapse during these years. I was emotionally disengaged. I only kept in touch with a couple of friends. My convoluted, chaotic dreams about the houses and places and people I had grown up with became more real than my flesh and blood memories.

This series is about reconnecting to place. It has no grand narrative. It is empirical evidence to myself that I actually live here, now and that it is real.

Fox Studios Australia. by Oliver Berlin

I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Victoria Buchan (head publicist) and Kim Williams (Head of Studio) to document the development of Fox Studios Australia. It was to be built on the existing RAS (Royal Agricultural Show ground) site in Darlinghurst.

The site was a sprawling, strange place, home every year to the "Show", where the country met the city. It had randomly and organically developed over many years. The powers that be had proposed that it move to a more bespoke, appropriate site at Olympic Park. After a lengthy DA process, approval was given and an international. "boutique" film studio was built. Given the complexities and sensitivities around the site and it's development, there were a lot of hits and misses but many notableinternational films have been made there and it was a fascinating opportunity for me. I documented the construction and development of Fox Studios and also shot the initial publicity campaign for the Australian and US film and media production industries.