Over the years I have been drawn repeatedly to the Mallee country because of its unique sense of place. I’m attracted by the big skies and open country, both the cleared land and the vast, remaining expanses of natural Mallee scrub. The small towns, many of which are all but abandoned, are great and often poignant subjects to photograph. In using the camera to document any locale, my aim is to capture not only a sense of place but also my own emotional response to that place.
In October 2016, I exhibited some of these photographs, along side work by Gilbert Roe and Gary Sauer-Thompson, at Atkins Photo Lab gallery, Adelaide, under the title Mallee Routes. This exhibition was the first of a number planned and we intend to continue photographing and exhibiting over the next three years. Our next show will be at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery opening on the 23rd March 2018.
I look forward to many more visits to the Mallee country.