The various images in this digital gallery or portfolio are of the South Australian and Victorian Mallee. They have been taken with a digital camera on various road trips. Though I mostly use a digital camera to scope images for my film photos in the Mallee Routes project, sometimes these digital sketches stand on their own. Often the sketches are better than the subsequent film images, primarily because I happened to… Read More
This archival gallery provides the historical context, and reference point, for the contemporary images in the other Mallee Routes’ galleries. Most of these archival photos of the history of the Mallee were found in the National Library of Australia’s Trove collection or the Victorian State Library. One valuable resource in this archive is the Bill Boyd Photographic Collection in the Museum Victoria Collections. Most of the vernacular photographs in the Boyd collection were taken between… Read More
It is the desire to escape the familiar that sends me out on the road seeking fresh places to explore and capture in photographs. Over the years I have been drawn repeatedly to the Mallee country because of its unique sense of place. I’m attracted by the big skies and open country, both the cleared land and the vast, remaining expanses of natural Mallee scrub. The small towns, many of which are… Read More
Travelling along the Mallee Routes I see ‘The Mallee’ as it is now, and the traces of the way it was. The past is entwined with the present. Different cultures leave behind different traces. Modern human endeavour has a dramatic effect on the environment leaving behind altered landscapes criss-crossed with new and old structures. And there is destruction and the detritus of neglect. No areas within the Mallee have not been untouched;… Read More
The various images in this portfolio are of the South Australian and Victorian Wimmera Mallee. They have been taken with a variety of film cameras over a number of years. The first four black and white images are from my archives, and they made in the 1980s. The cameras used are primarily medium and large format (5×7 and 5×4).