I have been invited by Lars Heldmann to participate in a project of selected photographers who are being asked to respond to selected images in the Godson Collection of the State Library of South Australia. The project’s working title is called Our Waters, and it is being driven by Lars Heldmann acting as a de facto curator. This approach is one way to deal with the vastness and complexity of the Murray-Darling Basin.
It is early days: the photographers are still to be selected; no exhibition venues have been selected; no grants have been applied for; and no curators selected. It is envisaged that the exhibitions and the associated website would act as a hub for conversations about art, history and the rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin. One possibility for the first exhibition is 6 photographers responding to 6 images from the Godson Collection.
Whilst the project gets off the ground I have decided to kick things off by going back through my archives to look at the images that I’ve made of the River Murray. This is Pt Sturt.
The Sturt Peninsula juts out into Lake Alexandrina, which is one of the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River. The Ngarrindjeri name for the end of Sturt Peninsula is “Tipping”, which meant “the lips”. This picture was made in 2008, which was just before the Millennium Drought broke and prior to the formation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Continue reading