Mention landscapes and most people think of vast mountain
ranges and heroic vistas.
By-and-large, Australian landscapes are not
of the grand, American West, Grand Teton or High Sierra type of landscape.
Many of our mountain ranges are simply brown rolling hills. If you have
permission you can drive to the top of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's highest
Please don't write in and tell me about the Western
Arthurs or Mt Jagungal or wherever. I know there are exceptions but that's
just what they are, exceptions.
You show me an Australian landscape photographer who
is only interested in spectacular vistas and I'll show you a sad landscape photographer.
The Australian landscape is unique; learn to love it
for what it is; don't suffer from mountain envy and you'll be a lot happier.
A landscape consists of every aspect of the environment,
a single rock, a couple of trees, a few clouds; even man. I do not subscribe
to the 'no hand of Man' dogma that is often forced upon landscape
photographers. Humans, their buildings, their machinery and their artifacts
are all part of the landscape.
Fence line and grass
Having said that I must also say that I do not include
a photo of Sydney harbour or downtown Melbourne in the landscape genre.
It's just a matter of where you draw the line.
At present my line is drawn somewhere between rustic farm buildings and
suburbia. In time this may change.