In 2006 I experimented with video using the technique I had already been using to create photographic nature mandalas. Gunyah mandalas videos were shot down at my local beach, and composed in Adobe After Effects. I expect that it’s all much easier now in iMovie etc 😉
This set was exhibited in the Blake Prize in 2006. After all this time I’ve finally put these online, in anticipation of having creative time over this summer to revisit video play 🙂
I have been wanting to try out photobooks for a while, but having looked at a few sites I didn’t like how clunky and inflexible the layout software seemed to be, and was concerned about the production quality. Then I found Momento Pro, which is a service for professional photographers and artists. I can use professional layout software (Adobe InDesign); the prices are higher, but the quality is amazing. So I have started to compile a set of portfolios of my photographic work produced over the last ten years. This one, Sacred sites: Royal National Park, has images composed from photos taken in the national park where I have lived for the last 23 years.
Check out a preview here where it can be purchased directly from Momento Shop 🙂
It is a long-held tradition that visitors to places of natural beauty seek the ‘idyllic’ – an ideal location of perfect repose and contemplation, where one communes with the environment in a situation of isolation and detachment from busy, mundane life. It is a tradition that has been transplanted from our European heritage to an antipodean setting, and, in our area, is evident in a multitude of archival images of the Royal National Park from Wattamolla, the Hacking River, and locations around the villages of Bundeena and Maianbar.
I propose that seeking the idyllic equates to the search for a spiritual relationship to land, and that in the absence of a long-rooted cultural relationship with place, and in the presence of a culture whose edifices and lifestyles serve generally to alienate its residents from the ‘natural’ in their environment, we experience an intrinsic and chronic hunger for the kind of archetypal and meaningful experience of nature and place that we see expressed by indigenous cultures.