an exhibition at the Cork Street Gallery of straight photography: unmanipulated closeups assembled slowly over 25 years
The works reveal a delicacy of detail and a harshness of ground so characteristic of the Australian inland. Many of the images involve paint that is dripping, fading or peeling, but the images remain photographic, not painterly. The patterns were formed by random processes until they were captured in the photographic frame—they were not carefully constructed like the paintings of Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists, so they display quite different surface detail. Every image is a celebration of the unexpected beauty of that Australian icon, the corrugated-iron fence. After all, it is the delicacy of detail and the harshness of ground that is so characteristic of corrugated iron.