At Tanunda: space/place

I have taken the opportunity kindly offered by a group of people who are walking the Lavender Trail to join them for a 5 day camp at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley this weekend (22nd-27th August). My designation is a non-walking member of the group, which means that instead of walking the different parts of the Lavender Trail each day like the others, I will be out photographing in the Murray Mallee…. Read More

Copeville and Galga

I mentioned in an update on the Claypan post that I needed to make another trip to the Copeville and Galga area of the South Australian Murray Mallee to pick up where I’d have left off. As I mentioned, the previous trip had been cut short, as I’d neglected to take my sleeping bag; and it was too cold to continue sleeping in my clothes in the swag in the early winter… Read More

Wentworth photocamp

I am planning to go on  a photocamp at  Wentworth and the lower Darling River  next Thursday (25th of April) for the Mallee Routes project. I want to travel slowly to Wentworth as I need to spend time in the Wimmera Mallee region, retracing my steps from an earlier exploration. I will probably stay over night at Murtoa or Donald before going onto Wentworth. My plan in the Wimmera is very dependant on the… Read More

forthcoming exhibition at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

The second exhibition of the Mallee Routes project is coming up. It will be at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery from 23rd of  March to the 6th of May 2018. The exhibition   represents new work, namely work  that has been made  by Eric Algra, Gilbert Roe and myself since our  initial exhibition at the Atkins Photo Lab’s gallery in late 2017. The Swan Hill exhibition will include a historical dimension… Read More

The Mallee and the pastoral

Photographing the rural landscapes of  the Mallee  country  needs to be distinguished from the idyllic  pastoral tradition in Australian visual culture  that in the Heidelberg tradition   emphasised the tamed farmland with its  abundance of natural resources.  The  artists represent this  in the almost mandatory blue and gold palette. This  form of pastoralism  refers to representations of a rural landscape during the European colonial settlement of the land, with its sheep grazing and cropping,… Read More

empty landscapes

This part of the South Australia Mallee is an empty landscape. It has been de-populated. An example of the process of depopulation in this landscape the East Murray Area School, which used to have around 270 pupils in the 1960s and it now has 19 pupils.

State of Hope: where’s the Mallee?

The latest issue of  the Griffith Review is No 55  and it  is about  the future of a  post-colonial South Australia. The issue is entitled  State of Hope and  it is edited by Julianne Schultz and Patrick Allington and  it consists of  short essays and memoir, fiction pieces and poetry, and photo stories.  Authors include Robyn Archer, John Spoehr, Peter Stanley, Angela Woollacott, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Chris Wallace, Dennis Atkins, Nicholas Jose, and Ali Cobby Eckermann. This is an Adelaide and… 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

History Gallery

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

Carwarp

I have another  Mallee trip planned in early November with my base camp being  at Murrayville.  So I took the opportunity  whilst traveling along the Calder Highway between Ouyen and Mildura to rendezvous  with Judith Crispin  to  go to Lajamanu in the northern Tanami Desert to do a little exploring and photographic scoping. As I hadn’t been on the Calder Highway  before so I was interested in seeing what this part of… Read More