This gallery refers to the possible futures of the Mallee in the Anthropocene era. Climate science informs us that climate heating will result in less rainfall, drier conditions, longer and more intense droughts, and reduced river flows.
The Absent History theme of the Photographing the Mallee project emerged during the collaborative Mallee Routes (2017-2019) section of the project. Towards the end of this collaborative phase, when I was starting the solo Eye on the Mallee section of the project I linked the contemporary black and white photos to the black and white photos that I had made in the 1980s to explore the Mallee’s absent history. These are the… 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
The images in this portfolio explore the space /place dialectic of the South Australian and the Victorian Wimmera Mallee. They were made during the collaborative Mallee Routes of the project (2017-2019), then the second solo phrase of the project Eye on the Mallee. The film cameras that were used were primarily medium and large format (5×7 and 5×4).