Eva Flaskas was born in 1980 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives and works today. She picked up photography as a hobby, as she puts it, "to keep me sane, I guess." She is self-taught, which leaves her excited about new learning and about discovering inspiring photographers. She loves instant film, along with traditional roll and sheet films, and making prints in the darkroom.
Flaskas is drawn to photograph the disappearing abandoned buildings around Sydney. She writes: "What I find beautiful with abandoned buildings are the broken doors, the broken windows, the way the light filters through the dusty/dirty glass, the floors with the missing tiles, the walls with the paint peeling, the ceiling with missing parts and/or holes in the roof. I see beautiful decay in an old abandoned building."
Her series "Callan Park Hospital for the Insane," was recently featured in PRYME Magazine: Issue 1: Instant Revolution. Her next projects include a self-portrait exploration and a west coast of North and South America excursion, extending her interest in photographing abandoned sites.
See more of her work on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EvaFlaskasFilmPhotography
"St. John's Orphanage (also known as the Goulburn Boys Orphanage) was an orphanage located in Goulburn, a town located in New South Wales, Australia. It housed only males, with a capacity of approximately 100 children from the ages of 5 to 16. The orphanage was known as a foundling orphanage, which means orphans who were placed in the orphanage had at least one parent alive. In the 1970s the orphanage started to take in girls, rather than being a boys only orphanage. The Goulburn Boys Orphanage was opened in 1912 and closed in 1975 after decades of operation.
During its years of operation, young or older children were always subject to beatings, labour, abuse, and neglect. limited clothing that were only washed once a week, and limited resources and facilities such as small amounts of toilets. Orphanages including St. John's by the 1970s period all began to shut down as children were now mainly under foster care. It was proposed in 2007 to erect a memorial in Victoria Park for all children who lived all or part of their lives in a Goulburn orphanage or church institution." - Wikipedia