Melbourne-based photographer Christian Pearson was given the unique commission to document a building before it was demolished. The location was an abandoned brothel, the unassuming exterior hardly betraying the strange and clandestine rooms within. Pearson’s images are saturated with a bizarre juxtaposition of light and darkness, simultaneously colorful and treacherous. The glitz and metal give a particular bite to the photographs and the hastiness with which the location was deserted offers a tantalizing hint to the daily operations behind the hedge-lined structure.
The building’s future owners have an entirely different plan for the location, intending to build a flagship cafe, bakery, and coffee roastery that doubles as training facility for homeless youth. Learn more about STREAT here.