Sam has our number, us uppity photographers of downity Newie, and our “ visual obsession with Newcastle’s fibro shacks, brick shithouses, and the like..”

Located two hours north up the coast from Sydney, Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest city and my kinda hometown.

I say ‘kinda’ because, despite telling most people I come from Newcastle, I actually grew up forty minutes out of town, on the Central Coast.

This evasion is pure cultural cringe: Newie has some street cred, whereas the CC is a bland paradise of beaches and strip malls that serves largely as a commuter drop off point for Sydney’s lower middle class.

Newcastle is the focus of dedicated programs to reinvigorate the city and foster its culture; the Central Coast has a gaping hole where culture should be, and the best thing going for it is its deathly silence on the national stage, occasionally punctured by local political fools.

Full article can be read here:

Dylan Smyths’s current incarnation of “2HrsNorth” lives here:

An original archive of is on the WayBack Machine… The sad remains of survive at the WayBack, for those curious: