Point Sturt

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.

Pt Sturt
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