Hill Farm is an imaginary place but the house is very real. I found it on the corner of Railway Terrace in Quorn, South Australia at the bottom of the Flinders Ranges. It was quite noticeable that many houses had a fancy, art deco style facade to part of the house. The house seemed lost and a bit out of place in suburbia and I thought that such a beautiful house deserved to hold centre stage.
I imagined who might live there, what sort of a life would it be. Where the occasional storm rolls through, stealing the sunshine in an instant, the landscape dry and dusty but with its own brand of beauty. I thought it would be a farmer sharing his life with his dog and the birds who have taken up residence in the roof. A simple life in an eccentric and slightly broken house, not the sort of place for a wife and child. I imagined him spending a fair bit of time tinkering in his shed (can you see that the light is on in there?) not really too serious about farming. Really just a simple life of a loner, in the rural outback of South Australia.
Hill Farm consists of 110 layers and 20 individual photographs. File size is 7GB.
I really enjoy making night images from daylight images and this is one. I saw the teatree thicket at Mallacoota, a beautiful seaside town on the north eastern Victorian coast (Australia). It immediately sparked my imagination as a secret place to live, there in the dark between the trunks. At various spots along the thicket there were clear entry points where I’m sure kangaroos would seek safety and shelter. From there it wasn’t a big step to make to think of that space being a secret hideaway, a doorway to another world? Narnia came to mind but I didn’t want this to be a children’s story, I wanted it to be a bit of a mystery place where strange things happened, where a threshold of reality could be crossed. Getting access to this secret place clearly has to be strictly controlled and scrutinised carefully. Gatekeeping was done once through telephone communications from the street to the apartment then if you passed muster the gatekeeper could push the button to open the gates…now with the advancements in technology I’m sure it would be done through a high tech fancy pants cloud service.
Cloud Messaging consists of 79 layers, 18 indivual photographs with a file size of 13.5 GB.
I have been undertaking a bit of a personal project this year taking photos of the beach and waves where I live in all sorts of weather and through all seasons, to see how it changes over throughout the year. I had intended to take a shot every day but it became quite hard when for one thing I was at work before daylight and getting home after dark, some roadworks undertaken on the access road stopped me from going there and most of all I just got busy. However this particular day the waves were just stunning. Relentlessly, one after the other with that amazing break curling over the top but each one different from the others. It was so peaceful apart from the sound of the waves, I could’ve sat there forever watching. I see Black-faced Cormorants regularly along the coast near my home, but usually they are in big flocks hanging their wings out to dry, however this one, all alone, seemed somewhat uneasy looking over its shoulder as if calling for the rest of the flock …perhaps its the effect of the full moon, they say birds are more active under a full moon.
The Constant Tide of Incoming Moments consists of 26 layers, 4 individual images with a file size of 140 Mb.