I have to admit that I am uneasy making these kind of photos of the local area as I don’t really have a specific project in which they are a part. Well, maybe as a part of this project, which has never really got off the ground. Fleurieuscapes seemed like a good idea but I’ve never been able to pull the diverse photos together.
So these large format photos are pretty much isolated photos, and they become akin to fragmentary snaps. In this photo there is a concentration on the mundane and ordinary in order to avoid the sublime. However, I am uneasy about the emphasis on bush, light and beauty. The photo looks to be so conservative, given the traditional emphasis on bush, light and national identity in Australian visual arts: a celebration of the landscape, bright sunshine and scattered gum trees.
Remnant bush does refers to a sense of what has been lost through clearing and enclosing the land for agriculture. This is all that is left. It needs to be protected.