I've started going though the archives on the hard drive of the Mac-Pro in the studio to see what I was photographing when I was using the Leica. I'm looking back to see if it was just snaps or did I start exploring themes?
Sadly, most of the images look like happy snaps. The pictorial equivalent of the readymade characterised by unpretentious snapshot effects, documentary value, and deadpan anti aesthetic qualities. They were not the result of a deliberate abnegation of authorial control in favor of chance, accident, and automatism.
This picture of a window in Clunes, Victoria, circa 2009 is an exception. It's darker than most of the pictures--and it expresses a darker side of the senses and imagination than Australia's blue skies and bright clear light:
It represents the experiences caused by unresolved loss, commonly known as a state of mourning. Mourning refers to what has passed away, leaving us with only images. It refers to the trauma that loss evokes--in this picture the loss of the way of life of the country towns in regional Australia.
Historically, Australia was represented and imagined by explorers and cartographers as a grotesque space, a land peopled by monsters. It was a place of darkness and convicts. Its sense of disorientation and complete isolation from the civilised European world was unnerving. The Antipodes were held to be a dark and evil place, an unconquered territory overbrimming with dangerous secrets.