Harry Nankin is a photographer, environmental artist and educator. The focus of his work is our contested ethical and material relationship with the non-human world, with nature and ‘place’. He describes this perspective as the ‘ecological gaze’: a state of mind and an aesthetic imagination open to the simultaneous experience of wonder and a classical Aristotelian sense of tragedy. In pursuing the ecological gaze, Harry has sought to undo the unexamined anthropocentrism and ‘trite epiphanies’ of traditional representations of landscape through methods and subjects that more clearly signify ecologies of place. Employing procedures that are equally land art, ritual and photography he ‘turns the landscape into the camera’. Instead of capturing reflected light visible to the naked eye, he prefers to bear witness to the tragic loss of systems of ecological relations through the ritual act of ‘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. Since 1993, he has been creating camera-less images in the studio and on location in forests, deserts, atop mountains and under the sea. Harry’s work has been reviewed, exhibited and acquired for collections on four continents including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery in NSW and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. The recipient of multiple Australia Council and Arts Victoria grants and winner of the prestigious ‘Scope Galleries Art Award for Art Concerning the Environment’, Harry has written widely on environmental matters and photography and lectured on photography and art in tertiary institutions for over two decades. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD in Art by RMIT University. In 2017, Harry moved to Castlemaine where he is embarking on projects addressing the ecology and landscapes of central and western Victoria.