In Focus 01 Nov, 2019

On Desert Time Exhibition

Some weeks ago we’ve introduced to you all Tracing Maps, our sister project. After a month of showing On Desert Time at Koskela in Sydney, our new prints are now live on our web as prints.

These images were was taken over a year ago in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park and the land surrounding Alice Springs. I’ve been living in Australia for over 8 years now, and I’ve always had the call to travel and see the heart of this beautiful country. Since I have a great love for the desert landscapes of Argentina and beyond, I had wanted to visit the desert in the Northern Territory for quite some time.

My first visit to the red centre involved chasing sunsets, admiring the crunch of red rock beneath our boots and standing in all of its immensity and experiencing many moments of awe.

But above all I was overcome by the sense of a new sort of time zone in the desert, one in which the clock ticks slower, and you are forced to shift your perspective, to see yourself in relation to the land, to experience the sensory joy that comes from a recognition of the spatial, the physical environment.

The dance of reds, ochres and burnt orange at sunset. The clear and over-exposed desert light, which in turn exposes us. Time in the desert is a time of retrospect for me, to survey time past. 

I tend to cry when I visit deserts, but yet feel so alive, the air is so pure. 

There seemed to me to be so much energy within the bud of a River Red gum. So much emotion in the rich colourways of the landscape, the patterns in rock and sand.

In revisiting these images we are reminded of the emotion, beauty and spirit of the desert.



Images in this exhibition that have been taken in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park have been approved by the Anangu people, the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and the land surrounding, via National Parks.





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