Canning River Perth oxygenation trail. Tryptich made of three 8×10 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based prints. Matted and window mounted using 100% cotton rag museum board. Framed in 100x40cm aluminium – colour graphite.
Each image is from a three sequential 35mm frames, made down stream from the oxygenation tank at Greenfield Street.
Made during conditions when the wind is relatively calm and the river flow rate is slow. The oxygenation process creates bubbles which form a thin white foam on the surface of the water, creating fascinating patterns.
First published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013. This is the only images in my Canning River exhibition “Dissociation” which were made from 35mm format.
Canning River Perth burnt woodland was first published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013, “Dissociation” 2015 Heathcote Museum & Gallery exhibition catalogue.
When I first viewed this on the ground glass screen of my camera I was excited by the prospect of producing a wonderful print. As is so often the case in photography, Burnt woodland Canning River proved for me to be much harder to realise in print than I had anticipated. The curve of the trunks and branches combined with the lines of shadow created a visual rhythm.
The image is back lit and high in contrast and the negative received reduced development and slight increase in exposure. My main problem in making this print is to preserve the feeling of intense light which reveals the flatness and dryness of the subject. To make an print consistent with my vision I had to avoid the back lit trunks and and their shadows from printing too dark. The print was made with a series of hard and soft exposures. An initial soft exposure was made to retain a suggestion of detail in the dried sunlit leaves, during which the central trunk was carefully dodged. A series of higher contrast exposures were made to selected areas to introduce more black and therefore some contrast. It is not an easy print to make and if making a new print I may well try a different approach to see if I could get a print closer to my vision. Hand printed 16×20 inch silver gelatin print.
Canning River Perth sunrise. Whenever I wake to a misty morning here in Perth I try to get down to the river. Mist or fog transforms the landscape, highlighting visual elements close to the viewer by fact that it obscures the view of more distant objects. It also transforms the quality of light and depending upon the mist’s density it can have a soft enveloping light. The disappearance of distance adds mystery to the landscape. Mists do not occur frequently in Perth, so I when they do I try to make the most of exploring the environment in a different light. Sunrise Canning River Perth Western Australia 16×20 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based print
first published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013, “Dissociation” 2015 Heathcote Museum & Gallery exhibition catalogue
Paperbark regrowth after fire: new shoots on burnt paperbarks, Canning River Perth 16×20 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based print. It was exhibited in the 2015 Canning River “Dissociation” exhibition.
After a serious fire in 2011 in which water bombing was required to prevent the fire spreading into neighboring houses, much of the park between Greenfield Bridge and Kent St Weir was burnt. Several weeks after the fire the first green shoots of regrowth started to appear.
It was first published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013 and an 11×14 inch print exhibited at the 2013 “Lost in Suburbia” exhibition, Riverton Library, was sold.
Canning River Sheoaks Grass was made on a bright summer’s day. Preserving the impression of bright light is important for me in this photograph. Maintaining texture in the grass is important in achieving this quality. With the contrast range in this scene so high I wanted to prevent the deep shadows from going to black in the print. If the shadows from the back lit sheoaks were reduced to black it would reduce the impression of an intense but enveloping light. The film was Forte 4×5 sheet. The negative received additional exposure and reduced development. Sheoaks and grass Canning River Perth 16×20 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based print. Sheoaks and grass Canning River was exhibited in “Dissociation” at Heathcote Museum and Gallery 2015.
Canning River photo exhibition and book. To coincide with the release of my book “Lost in Suburbia” a selection of black and white images will be exhibited at Riverton Library, corner High and Riley Roads, Riverton.
The Canning River Regional Park is located 9 kilometres south east of central Perth, and is the largest regional park in the metropolitan area. This book is a visual record of the parkland’s recreational use and beauty. An ecologically and socially important parkland in a secluded little pocket off to one side of major urbanisation, a parkland hidden from general view, almost lost in suburbia.
I go for long walks in the bush or along the coast with my wooden field camera, a few sheets of film, a tripod and sometimes a tent and food. I like to take my time to absorb the environment, to rediscover and to reconnect. My direct involvement with the materials and techniques for making an expressive photographic print is of importance to me. I continue to develop my own films and hand print all my black and white silver gelatin prints in my darkroom. read more