As well as including evocative ruins, the shacks photographed for this book range from the traditional small, economical places that people live or work in, to inner-city converted industrial spaces, to designers' whimsical playhouses and to comforting retreats from everyday life. They might be built from recycled materials, rough timber, localstone, mud bricks, straw bales, found objects or alternative-energy materials. A friend's 'hermit's shack' at the bottom of her garden, teepees in the bush, a retreat affectionately called the 'bongalow', artists' shacks where creativity flows: each has its own story to tell. A 'modest shack on a bush block - give me that any day.
Shack - In Praise of an Australian Icon, Simon Griffiths // Gift wrapped