Gary’s Film Gallery

The  images   in this  portfolio  are of the South Australian and the Victorian Wimmera Mallee. They  were initially   made  during the three years of the collaborative phase of the project  (2017-2019),  then  the  second solo phrase of the project  The  film cameras that were  used were  primarily  medium and large format (5×7 and 5×4).

Peake’s sacred sites

Today these war memorials embody the Anzac Legend, which continues to lie at the centre of Australian identity. The Anzac Legend holds that Australian War Memorials represent the soul of the nation. The Legend’s current function and place within Australian culture is that of a creation story: it distills the Australian identity in one historical moment–the nation was born on the battlefields of Gallipoli. It is a creation story— nations are made in war—-but one that excludes the Frontier Wars in our Anzac Day commemorations.

water-towers in the Mallee

Although it is the grain silos along the old railway lines that dominate the landscape in the Mallee, the odd-looking, elevated water towers also stand out in the regional landscape.

ruins

The decaying and empty houses in the dying small towns is one of the most obvious features of the Mallee in South Australia and Victoria, and it is largely the result of the de-population of the inland countryside that started in the late 20th century around the 1970s. An era was coming to a close.