Bannister Creek Perth Restoration Western Australia

Bannister Creek tributary to Canning River Perth

Bannister Creek tributary to Canning River Perth Western Australia 16×20 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based print -sold.

Bannister Creek Perth is close to where I live. Lately, I have been spending more time photographing around the Perth region. I am “shooting locally“, focusing on what is happening within my own “backyard”.

Bannister Creek flows through metropolitan suburbia into the Canning River. Looking at this you could be mistaken for thinking you are somewhere in the south-west. Make no mistake, this is in the middle of suburbia, with houses either side of its banks. Admittedly, I am being highly selective in my composition, but that is the point.

Intriguing the rear of the all the suburban blocks uniformly face the creek. The houses do not look out onto the creek. This is almost a dismissive gesture to the creek’s importance in an otherwise flat and dry landscape. One does wonder what the planners were thinking by turning their backs on this rare urban feature?

Bannister Creek has had significant wetland restoration work done to it recently. The health of this creek and others like it all have an impact on the health of the Canning and Swan Rivers.

This image was made in a section in which some restoration work was recently undertaken. The creek runs through suburbia, at the rear of housing whose back fences close off their view and connection to the watercourse behind them.

Although not readily visible in the photograph, immediately behind the paperbarks are houses and grey super six fencing. The fencing travels almost the entire length of both sides of the shallow depression that contains Bannister Creek.

A hand printed 16×20 inch fibre based print of Bannister Creek was exhibited in my 2015 exhibition “Dissociation” at Heathcote Museum & Gallery.

300mm nikkor lens on TMax 4×5 sheet film, 1 second at f64.

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  1. Bannister Creek Canning River Perth Western Australia

    […] This image was made in a section in which some restoration work was recently undertaken. The creek runs through suburbia, at the rear of housing whose back fences close off their view and connection to the watercourse behind them. The fact that the houses face their backs to the creek is curiously dismissive of the creek’s significance in this ancient flat landscape, something I have previously commented about. […]

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