My interest is an ‘ecological gaze’—a stance open to both the still-evident wonder and ever-growing tragedy of world-ecology. For nearly forty years I’ve struggled to confront toxic anthropocentrism and the social and ecological ravages of what many now call the Anthropocene (an epoch others more piquantly dub the Capitalocene or Eremezoic) through ideas and methodologies that defend ‘ecologies of place’. Believing images could change hearts and minds, during my first decade of practice I celebrated wilderness on film in colour for publication and in black and white as art. As the Cold War waned and the deepening shadow of our global ecological crisis became apparent however I adopted a more poetic, dialectical and seditious aesthetic. From 1993 I began bearing witness to the loss of ecological relations by ‘gathering shadows’ without a camera—just as the flash of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima caught the shadows of its victims at the instant of their perishing. Employing procedures that are part land-art, part ritual and part photography, I have endeavoured to ‘turn the landscape into the camera’. Parallel to and intersecting this environmental focus a second stream of my work deals with history and memory.

I am the author of two award-winning books and my photographs and art have been reviewed, exhibited and acquired for collections on four continents. I am the recipient of multiple art grants and my work has frequently been short-listed for prizes: in 2016 I won the prestigious ‘Scope Galleries Art Award for Art Concerning the Environment’. I have written widely on environmental matters and photography and lectured on photography and art in tertiary institutions for over 25 years. In 2015 I was awarded a PhD by RMIT University and in 2019 I was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor in RMIT’s School of Art.

 

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