I pursue an ‘ecological gaze’—a perceptual and aesthetic stance open to both the still-evident wonder and ever-growing tragedy of the non-human world. For nearly forty years under the deepening shadow of the global ecological crisis I have struggled to confront our toxic anthropocentrism through ideas and methodologies that defend ‘ecologies of place’. During my first decade of practice I celebrated remnants of the natural world on film with a camera. Since 1993 I have been 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 endeavour to ‘turn the landscape into the camera’. Parallel to and intersecting this environmental focus a second stream of my work has dealt 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, my work has often been short-listed for prizes and I have 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 in Art by RMIT University. For further information please consult my resume or contact me.