Bannister Creek Perth is close to where I live. Lately, I have been spending more time photographing around the Perth region. Rather than choosing exotic locations, I am focusing on what is happening within my own backyard.
Bannister Creek flows through metropolitan suburbia into the Canning River. It lends its name to the Bannister Creek Primary School and Bannister Creek Nature Playground.
Looking at this image 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.
Bannister Creek Perth Restoration Western Australia is available for purchase online. Bannister Creek Perth Restoration Western Australia is a 40 x 50cm silver gelatin print, hand-printed by the author. It is dry-mounted onto 100% cotton museum board, then window-mounted behind a clear acrylic sheet. Framed in graphite tone aluminium it is ready to hang. Outer dimensions 74.5 x 61.5cm. Limited edition of 10, signed and numbered. Freight and insurance within Australia included. A hand-printed 16×20 inch fibre-based print of Bannister Creek was exhibited in my 2015 exhibition “Dissociation” at Heathcote Museum & Gallery.
Intriguingly the rear of the all the suburban blocks uniformly face the creek. The houses do not look out onto the creek. Its an almost dismissive gesture to the creek’s importance in a notably 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. It has undergone restoration from a drain to a living stream as a Living Streams and Restoration project. 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. Although not visible in the photograph, immediately behind the paperbarks are houses. The creek runs between the back fences of houses. Super six fencing close off the occupants’ view and connection to the watercourse behind them. That fencing travels almost the entire length of both sides of the shallow depression that contains Bannister Creek.
Wista 4×5 field camera, 300mm Nikkor lens on TMax 4×5 sheet film, 1 second at f64.