OUT THERE Billboard Art Project
This commission for the Centre for Contemporary Photography and City of Yarra provided the opportunity to bring the grassy woodlands to the city.
For a number of years I have been documenting grassy woodlands in NSW and Victoria. Once common, these ecosystems have been reduced to small pockets amongst farmed land, along roadsides, across reserves and in tucked away cemeteries. Responding to ecologists and landholders, I return to the same sites and shoot seasonally. Represented in these two photographs are intact grassy woodlands, and woodlands that have been cleared and fertilised for sheep pasture. Grassy woodlands that have been fertilised will never support the same diversity of native plants again, but left alone and unmanaged, they will support a mass of weeds. Collecting from these landscapes, I aim to reveal something potentially lost in a traditional landscape photograph: the diversity at our feet, in the shrub layer and the trees above. The repetitive still life structure across my photographs highlights the change in biodiversity as land management changes. The images urge viewers to reflect on the past, present and future of these woodlands.