CONVERSATIONS WITH LANDSCAPE
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Mercure Ballarat, 613 Main Road, Golden Point, Victoria
Open daily from 7 am until 11 pm until the 9th January 2022.
Murray White' exhibition looks at Australian landscape through the eyes of landscape itself. Anthropomorphic studies have tried to reveal a consciousness within the environment that elevates our inanimate world into a living structure. Faces, torsos and human concepts emerge to imply a sophistication not commonly associated with trees, rocks and other elements within Nature.
The prints are untitled, but are paired with written verse, arranged in quatrains, juxtaposing a human interpretation with the subtle language of our natural world. Although the pairings may suggest a particular relationship, sufficient ambiguity remains for the viewer to adopt their own view of these intimate studies.
This sequence of 20 images has been captured over a three year period on medium and large format B&W film, hand printed onto fibre based paper. Murray has sepia toned the prints for archival purposes, but more importantly, to achieve a vision consistent with traditional portraits. His belief is that the landscape exudes character and should be recognised for its significance in the world as we understand it.
A regular contributor to Better Photography, Murray has written and photographed for many magazines and books, specialising in landscape and off the beaten track travel destinations. The exhibition forms part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, and is on display at the Mercure Ballarat, 613 Main Road, Golden Point, Victoria until the 9th January 2022. Open daily from 7 am until 11 pm.