Over the past 20 years I’ve been exploring a number of intersecting themes that relate to our natural environment in northern Australia, and in particular, our open woodlands.
I’m interested in how we, from different cultures, have interacted with the environment over time.
European approaches and attitudes to viewing landscape were brought to Australia during colonization. Many of the early European settlers disliked what they saw in these areas and set about changing their environments.
This attitude persists today with popular society regarding our open woodlands as being worthless in comparison to our rainforests and developed land. The woodlands of northern Australia are, however, places of astonishing beauty, though it is a beauty only seen with a patient and informed eye.