My focus is the ‘ecological gaze’—an aesthetic stance open to both the wonder and tragedy of the non-human world. Under the shadow of global ecological crisis I struggle to challenge our unexamined anthropocentrism through immersive methodologies that defend ecologies of place. In the early years of my practice I recorded remnants of the natural world on film with a camera. For the last two decades however I have sought to bear 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 seek to ‘turn the landscape into the camera’.
My artwork has been reviewed, exhibited and acquired for collections on four continents. The recipient of multiple art grants and winner of 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 two decades. In 2015 I was awarded a PhD in Art by RMIT University. For further information please consult my Resume.