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.
The plan is to travel each day from the Lavender camp at Tanunda over the Mt Lofty Ranges, across the agricultural plains (via Kyneton and Sedan) to Swan Reach on the River Murray. I then drive into the country on the eastern side of the river to photograph within the western region of the Murray Mallee.
Initially, I will be endeavouring to complete the work which I was unable to do on the earlier trip to Galga and Copeville. I will photograph some landscapes to construct a Murray Mallee suite to be included in the Mallee Spaces/Places section in the main gallery of Murray Bridge Regional Gallery for the 2019 December exhibition.
Some might say that this photography is journeying through space to undertake some mapping. But it is more a writing, or a photographing, of place; or at least an attempt to adopt a topological approach.