At Kapunda

In this post I mentioned that I would be staying at Kapunda during mid-August spring camp with with Suzanne’s Lavender Trail walking friends. I planned to go off daily into the Murray Mallee to make photographs for the Eye on the Mallee project, whilst the others continued with walking the trail around the Eudunda area. The camp turned out somewhat differently to what I’d planned. I photographed around Kapunda, Eudunda and Robertstown;… Read More

Covid-19 + the Mallee

The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia killed off my plans to start the solo stage of photographing the old Mallee Routes project– now Eye on the Mallee. The original plan was to spend a bit of time photographing in the Victorian Mallee whilst on my way to Melbourne. That plan was cancelled when South Australia’s border with Victoria was closed after the surge in community transmission in Melbourne from the… Read More

Review of the Murray Bridge Exhibition

As a counter to the concerns in this post Adam Dutkiewicz has reviewed the collaborative Mallee Routes 2019-2020 exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery in South Australia. This was the final collaborative exhibition in this long term project. Adam’s review is below. MALLEE ROUTES Photographing the Mallee 2019 Gary Sauer-Thompson (SA), Gilbert Roe (SA), Eric Algra (Vic), Lars Heldmann (SA), Stuart Murdoch (Vic) Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, 7 December 2019 –… Read More

Eye on the Mallee

On Sunday, January 12th, 2020, with the closure of the Mallee Routes exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, the collaborative part of Photographing the Mallee finally comes to an end after 3 years. The 2019/2020 Mallee Routes exhibition is the swan song of the collaborative project; a project which in the end, became non-collaborative. This picture is of Adam Dutkiewicz in the Jean Sims section of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery… Read More

On the lack of independent art criticism

The third and last collaborative Mallee Routes exhibition is now showing at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery throughout December and early January. What is so noticeably missing in action is the local review of this body of work. With no catalogue essay the exhibition becomes situated in a critical art vacuum, and it gives rise to a sense of cultural loneliness and isolation–the distance between art’s production and its reception.  Consequently, the… Read More

photobook: its dual character

This limited edition photobook, which was printed by Momento Pro in Sydney, arrived via TNT courier at the studio in Encounter Bay late Tuesday afternoon. This is one form of self-publishing in the age of post-digital publishing. There is a long history to photography coming into books. The book has been designed to supplement my prints in the forthcoming 2019 Mallee Routes exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. It has a… Read More

Mallee Routes exhibition 2019

As mentioned in this previous blog post the last collaborative exhibition of the 3 year Mallee Routes project will be held at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. It involves the 3 original photographers– Eric Algra, Gilbert Roe and myself— plus two extra photographers— Stuart Murdoch and Lars Heldmann. I will have a limited edition photobook in the exhibition which supplements my prints. The exhibition opens on December 8th 2019 and it closes… Read More

2019 Mallee Routes photo-book

I have finally put together a pdf of a new limited edition Mallee Routes photobook in collaboration with Paul Atkins from Atkins Lab. Paul’s knowledge and help with the book design and the editing of the images was crucial the production of the pdf. The pdf has been sent to Sydney to be printed by Momento Pro and a quote has been received and accepted. Entitled Mallee Routes: Photographing the Mallee 2019,… Read More

at Murtoa

Surprisingly, the Wimmera Mallee trip turned out to be an addition to the Mt Arapiles photo-session with the Melbourne-based Friends of Photography Group, rather than the reverse. The reverse was what I’d mapped out prior to going on the photo trip. My time and energy was taken up grappling with the nature photography at Mt Arapiles, rather than actually spending lots of time photographing in the Wimmera Mallee. The latter is what… Read More

returning to the Wimmera Mallee

I am planning to make a quick return to the Jung and Murtoa region in the Wimmera Mallee whilst Suzanne is walking in Lord Howe Island. I am piggybacking on spending a weekend (6th-8th September) with the Friends of Photography Group (FOPG) at Mt Arapiles in Victoria’s Wimmera plains. FOPG are a Melbourne-based large format film landscape photography group who make a number of day excursions together during the year as well… Read More