The Lavender Trail camp at Clare in mid-September was the final one for the walk for Suzanne and her walking friends. Whilst they walked I explore the mid-North and the Tothill Range areas that I had come across whilst at the Kapunda camp in mid-August. I spent a fair bit of time in and around the Tothill Range near Porters Lagoon and the Waterloo wind farm.
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
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
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
Prior to the Wentworth photocamp on the Darling River I spent some time in the Victorian Wimmera thinking about, and scoping for, a series of images that I planned to call the Yarriambiack suite. Would this be a goer? The trip involved a lot of travelling. I went to Wentworth via the Dukes Highway and the Victorian Wimmera (Murtoa, Donald, Lake Boga and Swan Hill) and I returned to Encounter Bay via… Read More
The winter photocamp at Balranald with Gilbert Roe consisted of photographing on the property of John and Marita Standen’s Rosenhoe farm, which is on the Wakool River, and scoping the area around Balranald itself, which is is located in Mutthi Mutthi traditional country. I would have liked to extend the photocamp to do more exploring and some large format photography, but I had to return to Adelaide to prepare for the Collaboration: Interrogating Melbourne’s changing urban… Read More
Whilst I was on the Morgan photo camp in 2017 I decided to incorporate some 5×4 black and white photography into the Mallee Routes project through photographing this rusty water tank with the Sinar F2 monorail. I wanted a bit of grittiness and punch, and I thought that using a large format camera and 5×4 black and white sheet film would be suitable for some bleak subject matter. This I thought would… Read More
The post’s title new beginnings refers to me starting to scope work for the 2018 section of the Mallee Routes project whilst I was at Swan Hill for the exhibition at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. This is new work for the upcoming group exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery in early 2019. I want to present new work that has been made during 2018, rather than old… Read More
The history of water in the 20th century was one of piping water to the storage dams located across the region via the earthen, gravity-fed Wimmera Mallee Domestic and Stock Channel System. This system extended from the Grampians in central western Victoria to Ouyen and Manangatang in the north, Underbool in the west and Korong Vale in the east.
When I was at the Morgan photo camp with Gilbert Roe in early November I noticed that the stretch of land around Morgan and Waikerie was increasingly being transformed by the ongoing clearing of the original mallee scrub and its replacement by irrigation in the form of irrigated agriculture. This is a landscape is one of red sands, the Murray River and gum trees and the horticultural crops now being grown appear to… Read More