In the early 2000s I was working on a series of images about Sydney at night. I knew some people who worked in Kings Cross and, because the place was in a period of transition, was encouraged by other photographers to document the area – in particular some of the people I’d gotten to know quite well.
Kings Cross for a long time was home to Sydney’s red light district. When I began taking pictures there in 2004, the sex trade was on the wane due to stricter erotic nightclub regulations and what some refer to as the ‘gentrification’ of a place that has tended to be bohemian and wild. Alcohol, drugs and crime remain significant problems but at the core of The Cross remains a strong community that’s proud of its social and cultural history. More recent State ‘lockout laws’ designed to reduce alcohol related violence have reduced crime in the area, however crime and alcohol-related assaults have been displaced, statistically, to other parts of the city.