Nature means different things to different people. I used to think of nature as a place of chirping birds, fresh air and intriguing things to be discovered, but now I feel a deeper connection.
It now seems a little strange to think of nature as having boundaries, a line where nature begins and other things end. Nature can’t be separated into parks and enclosures, away from things which aren’t nature. Nature finds itself everywhere. Nature just is. We are part of nature. It doesn’t take much to observe nature, to discover the clues and the parallels with our own lives, to find that we aren’t so different after all.
Humans specialise in planning, building and organising while nature suffers from our selfish battles for comfort and prosperity. It seems ironic that our collective lack of forward thinking is natures biggest curse, when it could be her greatest hope.
I have written the following poem to express the way I feel about nature, it was inspired by Australia’s southern landscapes, the landscapes I consider home.
Nature sways with inspiration,
reflecting ourselves, she is our teacher.
She shares our struggles and changing moods,
soaks in, adapts;
the dew falls upon her.
A fiery day withers and creaks,
and into our soul directly she speaks.
2022, High Country, Victoria
The following two images, ‘Daydream‘ & ‘The Longer I Stand‘, were moments where I came to realise something new. Although the concepts weren’t new to me, I found I was photographing thoughts, ideas and emotions rather than simply capturing the places I found inspiring. They were moments that brought me full circle, back to the experiences of my younger years exploring in the landscape.
These moments made me realise that capturing the experience of nature, the effects of nature and a love of nature was completely different to simply making pictures of the places I visited. In a way, these pictures brought me closer to my childhood memories of those far away and seemingly untouched lands.
The Longer I Stand
2018, Toolangi, Victoria
2018, Murrindindi, Victoria
A Walk In The Rainforest
2021, Black Spur, Victoria
Black Spur Giants
2020, Black Spur, Victoria
2020, Black Spur, Victoria
Over the past few years I have been making images of these wonderful chestnut trees, as the autumn branches find themselves nearly bare.
Chestnut Trees III
Chestnut Trees II
Chestnut Trees I
Vale of Belvoir
2019, Vale of Belvoir, Tasmania
2018, Mutawintji, New South Wales
2019, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
2018, Healsville – near Maroondah Dam, Victoria
Black Spur Rays
2015, Black Spur, Victoria
2012, Lake Mountain, Victoria