Gary’s b+w gallery

I started making the odd black and white photo  during   the collaborative phase of the Mallee Routes project–2017-2019. Towards the end of  the  project’s collaborative phase, when I started my solo photo camps, I  made more black and white photos as I became conscious that some images worked better in black and white.   I also wanted to link  the contemporary photos back to the black and white photos that I… Read More

interiors

This kind of late photography in the era of television and newer technologies turns up late, wanders through the places where things have happened, and explores  the effects of the activity of a world gone. Though people are absent in this  photography of traces, fragments, empty buildings  there is  a lot of remnants of activity

black and white 35mm archives

After seeing how successful the history section worked  when it was  integrated into  the contemporary photos in the  2018 Mallee Routes exhibition at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery,   I remembered that I had  some black and white 35mm  negatives of the Murray Mallee in my photographic  archives.  Over the weekend I went back and  looked at the contact sheets of the pictures from my  initial exploration of  the South Australian Mallee… Read More

re-photographing the Mallee

In a previous post I mentioned how  I had reconnected to  an old  photo trip  that I made in the 1980s in the VW Kombi to  Mantung and Galga in the South Australian Mallee. However,  I didn’t  mention that I had some re-photography possibilities  in mind.  On the earlier  trip  I  made several black and white photos with a large format camera ( these are in my film gallery on the Mallee Routes website), and… Read More

Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2017: Fringe

From what I can judge, it looks as if  the Ballarat International Foto Biennale  2017 (BIFB17) is starting to come together. It has a online public space as the new website has gone live.    However, there is nothing yet  about the photographers who comprise  the core programme,  what the 2017 Biennale is trying to achieve in relation to contemporary Australian photography, or what the issues the  symposiums and talks will address. My… Read More

painting the silos

One innovative  representation of the Victorian Mallee that I came across whilst on the Hopetown phototrip  in 2016  was the murals that were being  painted on the silos throughout  the Victorian  north-west Mallee. One  notable example was the mural on GrainCorp’s disused silo at Brim,  which  had been  painted by the Brisbane street artist Guido van Helten  in collaboration with the local community. This site  has become a tourist icon in the Wimmera,  judging by the number… Read More

wheat

The wheat was everywhere  whilst I was on the Hopetoun road trip.  I took a few 35mm snapshots  of the dryland wheat fields with my  old  film Leica (an M4-P) whilst I was on my way back to our  campsite at Hopetoun  from Sea Lake. I’d been to Lake Tyrrell  that afternoon to look for the remains of an old salt works butI didn’t have much luck. I just couldn’t find it. The… Read More

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).