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Upper Nepean
8 digital inkjet photographs (two diptychs)
Edition of 4
2018

 

The Upper Nepean catchment covers almost 900 square kilometres of unspoiled bushland on the Illawarra Plateau south of Sydney. Its dedicated to maintaining water supply flow to the greater Sydney area and is closed to all public access. With nearly no human activity undertaken inside its borders for over 130 years, the demarcated land forms part of the Metropolitan Special Area.

The boundaries of Upper Nepean are defined by dense curtains of trees and brush, bordering roads and smaller settlements. This photographic series explores the catchment edge as a present yet mysterious threshold, where all manner of intrigue and myth may lie beyond. The edge of bushland echoes many stories in Australia’s colonial past. The natural landscape is seen as bountiful but dangerous, hiding both fortune and misadventure.