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Ricky Maynard - Portrait of a Distant Land
"For me, photographs have always been personal and I hope to convey the intimacy of a diary. Photography has the ability to tell stories about the world and how the photograph has power to frame a culture"
"Standard photographic technique is essentially an act of subjugation, in which people are invariably reduced to objects for the use of the photographer… To build an alternative practice, a convivial photography, we need to abolish this oppressive relationship. Co-authorship must be established beforehand. It is impossible to fight oppression by reproducing it."
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009
RIDING TO BATHURST, 16–20 JANUARY 1836
My object was partly for Geology, but chiefly to get an idea of the state of the colony, & see the country
Charles Darwin to his sister, Susan, 28 January 1836
Darwin hired a guide — whose identity remains tantalisingly unknown — and they set off for Bathurst on horseback on Saturday 16 January.
The road to Penrith was busy with carriages and coaches though Darwin remarked that there were rather too many pubs. He crossed the Nepean River by commercial ferry early on Sunday morning.
The bustle of the road to Penrith was replaced by a more solitary journey interrupted by the occasional bullock-wagon piled with bales of wool.
Darwin walked along Jamison Creek at Wentworth Falls and was rewarded with an ‘extremely magnificent’ view of the Jamison Valley. He later marvelled at the even ‘more stupendous’ Govetts Leap at Blackheath.
Darwin initially speculated, correctly, that the Blue Mountains’ valleys had been formed by erosion but dismissed this as ‘preposterous’. Decades later he reverted to his initial belief.
Govetts Leap, c. 1835
Watercolour on grey tinted paper
Bequest of Sir William Dixson, 1952
DL PX27, f.61
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