Ed Janes (Australia):
South Fremantle Power Station
“I first visited South Fremantle Power Station in May 2009 and was at once captivated by the building. I saw a rare nobility and many of the qualities of the gothic cathedrals. I love the location, the scale, the extraordinary variations of lights, the vast range of textures (always more pronounced and captivating for me as a building decays), the vivid colours and vibrancy of the sometimes excellent graffiti and the many and varied meetings with other visitors...I have tried to simply show the building through the eyes of a designer and maker of things. It has been hugely rewarding and made so by the original engineers who designed and built it, those who continually decorate its walls and the elements that have weathered and will eventually reclaim it.”
Born in the United Kingdom in 1944, Ed Janes graduated from the Oxford School of Architecture and has worked as an architect, designer, builder and academic in London and Perth, as well as sitting on the Craft Council of Western Australia. He has continually sought to incorporate photography into his professional practice, and his academic positions at the Western Australian Institute of Technology and the University of Western Australia involved developing and teaching specialised applications of architectural photography. In 1976 he established the Fremantle Furniture Factory and in 1983 he founded (and until the present day has managed) In Perspective, practicing as an architect of interiors and Curtininfurn, practicing as a designer and manufacturer of furniture.
Images © Edwin Janes.