I am an Australian landscape photographer, environmental artist and educator. Much of my work examines the contested ethical, emotional and aesthetic meanings of the non-human world, of ‘place’ and ‘nature’. Under the shadow of the emerging global ecological crisis, this has become an enquiry into the ‘space’ between wonder and tragedy I call an ‘ecological gaze’.
Since 1993, I have been exploring the poetic beauty and revelatory power of camera-less processes. Rather than picture the world seen by the naked eye or camera, I have been employing the ‘photogram’ or ‘shadowgram’ to reveal the abject, ambient, transient and invisible— in the studio (Cathexis) and on location in forest (I, Terra, Thou, The Rain), desert (Contact, The Impossibility), atop mountains (Ekkyklema) and under the sea (The Wave). In Syzygy I used the nocturnal ‘light of the universe’ to build enigmatic images on film of the heavens and earth. Using procedures that are part land art, part performance and part photography I attempt to ‘turn the landscape into the camera’.
My art practice also deals with the landscape of memory. In 1994 I made a pilgrimage to Poland. The outcome of that visit was a homage to the land of my forebears (Craters of the Moon). I have also employed photography as a metaphor rather than material (As birds hovering).
In 2013 I was commissioned to create Veils, an imposing permanent image-on-glass artwork installed at the Westpac bank building in central Melbourne.
My work has been exhibited and reviewed widely. I have been awarded multiple art grants and my artworks have been shortlisted for many prizes and acquired by a number of public collections.
I have written on environmental and photography questions for both general and scholarly audiences and lectured on photography and art in tertiary institutions for over twenty years.