Commissioned as part of Melbourne’s inaugural PHOTO2021 festival, Emma Phillips’ Send Me A Lullaby examines the city of Melbourne in a way that challenges the idea of a city with the reality of change. While we may be used to photographs of steel-and-glass icons, sunset skylines and clear blue skies, Phillips’ work steps five kilometres away […]
About Matt Dunne
Matt is a photographer and writer living in Melbourne, Australia. He writes for Tending to the Garden, a website exploring photography’s relationship to nature and photography in Australia. He makes photographic work dealing with the complex and problematic relationship between people and nature.
When Tom Goldner chose to produce a work examining ecological destruction through the subjects of fire and horses, he chose subjects that remain intrinsically connected to the history of humankind. While vastly different in nature, where they are similar is that Australia is having to reckon with each in profoundly new and difficult ways. Brumbies […]
Vincent Delbrouck’s photobook Dzogchen doesn’t take its cues from photography itself. He appears not to be interested in replicating the obsession that many photographers have with the surface, of the exposure or the composition, and instead approaches the image with a much more robust utilitarianism. The result is work that takes a very pragmatic and […]
Photography has an inevitable relationship to time. All images, consciously or not, end up being about time and reflecting the era they were made. The making of photographs, especially within the context of project-based practice, concerns time on another scale, often seeing a photographer engage in cyclical repetition, rework and rediscovery of a place, subject […]
One of the reasons Shinya Arimoto’s Tibet rings so true for me is that the work was begun from a point of self-critique. Towards the end of the book, Arimoto recounts that he was once a twenty-something, backpacking in India, travelling fast and shooting freely. When his undeveloped film was stolen, he fell into a […]
The Great Wall of China, like China itself, is a fragmented, broken up site held together by history, mythology and necessity. Xiaoxiao Xu’s new book, Watering my Horse by a Spring at the Foot of the Long Wall, reminds readers that although the wall is unquestionably present in memory, history and myth, what really exists […]