As we adjust to winter and some freedom of movement around the state - since the height of covid-19 restrictions. I've had the opportunity to get out and walk some tracks, some familiar and some new, mostly without my heavy professional camera kit. It's good to experience places without feeling pressure to frame that epic shot and it's good to know where to come back to later with the camera. The photos in the post were taken with a Canon GX9, a simple but quality point and shoot/pocket camera.
Unplaced is a body of work I produced through 2018-19, I exhibited it at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston late in 2019. Now the series has gone beyond Tasmania, the two images below are currently being exhibited separately with Loud and Luminous and the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, while a small set of the body of work is being shown as part of the Head On Photo Festival.
Monoculture plantation forests displace and replace the stands of native species that once dominated the landscapes of New Zealand and Australia, where grew I up and where I live. Like the plantation forests that distort the ecologies of their environments, the monoculture of westernisation has distorted and displaced the rich and diverse cultures that existed before them.
Within these strange and dislocated environments, I find space to contemplate both the environmental impacts of colonisation and the legacy of colonial ancestors on my identity. I can question the pioneering female ideal handed down to me through five generations of women, and look at myself from other perspectives.
Putting together a photo album from a holiday of project is a really go way to cement memories and process an experience.
It's taken me a few months to get this one done, but I'm glad I finished.
It's only been a few weeks since I returned from my holiday in New Zealand. But so much has changed in those few weeks that editing these photos seems like reviewing photos from years ago, in another world. One where we were effectively free to go wherever we liked whenever we liked.
I loved driving from one dramatic landscape to another, at will. Camping out and making my plans up as I drove along.
A photograph is often referred to as moment time, a moment in history. We each live moment to moment, between one decision and the next, right now those moments stretch and contract as we wait for world changing events to unfold. A microscopic organism is driving nations to make world changing decisions on a daily basis. While the population is asked to stay home .
So this is the landscape of my day.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born