de-population
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People are leaving the countryside and moving to the more prosperous towns and cities. As young people depart, they leave small towns and hamlets of empty houses and shuttered shops, of closed schools and cafes, and a greying population.… Read More

February road trip: Parilla
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It was an opportunistic scoping trip. I needed to reconnect with the project after Tasmania, to explore the towns along the Mallee Highway, to reconnect with people in Murrayville, and to assess whether I needed to camp for several days to do the large format photography that I had in mind.… Read More

painting the silos
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One innovative  representation of the Victorian Mallee that I came across whilst on the Hopetown phototrip  in 2016  was the murals that were being  painted on the silos throughout  the Victorian  north-west Mallee. One  notable example was the mural on GrainCorp’s disused … Read More

wheat
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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 … Read More

Mallee abstractions
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My experimentation with photographing in black and white film and with industrial abstractions whilst on the Hopetoun Mallee trip in 2016 was not very successful. … Read More

Late-photography
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Photography is not degree zero. The photographers are using their photographic skills, attention to light + form, and their understanding of culture to pictorially interpret the social landscape of the Mallee. So how do we understand interpretation with respect to photographing the Mallee?
28/12/2016… Read More

Antecedents
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Whilst I have been working on images to build up my digital and film galleries   I have been searching for some Australian antecedents to my documentary approach to photography  for the Mallee Routes project. Who has been here before? … Read More

a side-trip
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I took the opportunity to make a  side-trip into the  Victorian Mallee when  I was transporting  the prints from the Weltraum and Abstraction x 5 exhibitions to my fellow  photographers—Stuart Murdoch, Judith Crispin and Jeff Moorfoot-— to the pick-up points … Read More

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