Alan Waddell of Sydney, Australia is an amazing man. He has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets throughout Australia and the world. On his birthday two years ago, he even received a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister John Howard. Why has he received so much attention? Because he loves to walk. Everywhere. All while snapping various photos of wacky and whimsical things he observes while walking around Sydney. This might not seem like such a big deal, until you find out that Alan is 92 years young and is documenting by photography his walking through EVERY suburb of Sydney (A note for non-Australian readers – there are hundreds of “suburbs” within the city limits of Sydney. To Americans, the suburbs of city would be more like districts within cities here. There are hundreds of suburbs within Sydney, and Sydney has somewhere around 4.5 million people. That’s what makes him so impressive!). Mr. Waddell has a website on which he posts all of the photos he finds interesting during his walks. To date, he has posted 601 photos. Mr. Waddell’s website, Walk Sydney Streets Photos, is selected as our October Site of the Month.
Every time I visit this site, I end up spending a long time on it. Some of his photos are true gems. Plus, it brings back all of the memories of the time I spent living in Sydney. I really loved the city – it is my favorite city in the world (and I’ve been to a lot of them in several different countries). I did not own a car while I lived there, so I walked everywhere. Where I didn’t walk, I hopped on the great city buses or the trains. Sydney is a highly walkable city, not to mention it is incredibly beautiful (view some of my photos of Sydney here). I’m so jealous that Mr. Waddell has the privilege of walking in such a beautiful city each day (not that Sacramento isn’t beautiful as well). Hopefully, Mr. Waddell would like to do an interview with us in the future if he happens upon any spare time. We wish Mr. Waddell the all the best and good weather as he continues his documentation.
Walk Sydney Streets Photos will be considered for the 2006 Walkable Neighborhoods Website of the Year award, along with the past and future recipients of the monthly awards.