Sheoak Wetlands is a print that brings me immense satisfaction for a number of reasons. First, it reminds me of the magical Winter’s morning on the day I made this photograph. We had received consistent rain for a few days and overnight. By morning the rain had cleared, it was calm and as the sunlight lit the sheoaks, the raindrops in their branches sparkled.
Another reason it is pleasing to me is that the subject matter is within walking distance from my home. This past decade I have made a point of spending more time photographing the familiar, improving my awareness, and looking a little deeper.
Duncan Miller Gallery California
Earlier this year I submitted Sheoak Wetlands to YourDailyPhotograph run by Duncan Miller Gallery Los Angeles, California. I was delighted when they informed me they were including Sheoak Wetlands in their next catalogue to be emailed to photographic print collectors worldwide. Within 24 hours of YourDailyPhotograph being sent out, the Gallery contacted me to say the print had been sold.
Usually, when I send a print only, I prefer to roll it and use a heavy-duty tube. I feel that a heavy-duty tube is more crush-resistant than a flat parcel. However, the Duncan Miller Gallery requires prints to be sent flat for its collectors. So this meant sandwiching the print between many protective layers – see the images below. Although it was fully insured, it thankfully arrived in one piece and didn’t get crushed and bent during transit.
In the last 12 months, Sheoak Wetlands has also sold as part of Silver Gelatin Print Box Set, with only one box set now remaining. In addition to this, another Australian collector recently purchased a single print of Sheoak Wetlands.
It is currently an entrant to the Centre for Contemporary Photography‘s Hahnemühle Summer Salon 2023 exhibition, in Melbourne.