When I was young, my dad would beckon me out to the verandah whenever a storm rolled in. We would stand there, breathing in the humidity and listening to the birds as they organised themselves for the big rain ahead.
In the years since, we have experienced some of the longest and most significant droughts ever recorded on this continent. Decades of resource mismanagement and the looming climate crisis have segregated our communities along political lines and we are stuck in a position where saving either the economy or the environment seems like an impossible, binary choice. The small innocent interactions with environment and weather that I experienced as a child have been replaced with a sense of foreboding for that which is to come.
This series is born out of a sense of frustration, driven by an acknowledgement that I hold no answers. All that I can do is witness and wait.
‘here starts the summer dry‘ collects stories from across the continent featuring farmers, miners, horticulturalists, friends and family. These worlds have been interwoven through imagery that dissects national myth and the ways in which we relate to the natural landscape through language and culture. These stories take form as an ever-expanding impressionistic narrative that blurs lines between documentation and personal outlook. A series ongoing, I’m not quite sure it will ever end.
I acknowledge the sovereignty of the traditional custodians of the land on which this work has been made: the Weilwan, Gamilaraay, Kokatha, Woiwurrung and Wurundjuri people, and I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.
I am a photographer and filmmaker living in Naarm / Melbourne, Australia. I work in photography through writing, exhibitions, content creation and teaching. In my art practice I work with still and moving image to study the overlaps between environmental and human spheres of influence, and the impacts these relationships have on culture.