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
The various images in this digital gallery or portfolio are mostly photographs of the South Australian and Victorian Mallee. They have been taken with a digital camera on various road trips or on the different photo camps. Though I primarily use a digital camera in the Mallee Routes project to scope the images for my subsequent film photos, sometimes these digital sketches are able to stand on their own. Often the sketches… 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 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).