The Photographic Journal


Essay 528 • May 28th 2023

This series of photographs explores the subcultures of Eastern Australia’s music communities.

Years and years of conservative governments have slowly chipped away at the music industry, seeing lots of Sydney's classic venues getting sold off cheap. Lock-out laws had mostly killed Sydney's nightlife but the scene was resilient enough to survive.


Lachy Starling is a 22 year-old photographer from Thirroul, Australia (one hour south of Sydney). His subjects commonly include musicians and surfers, primarily on Australia’s East Coast.
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A zine of this series is available at: