The Sacred Curve

Through the GapPhotographs by Darron Davies

Craigieburn Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre
21 March – 21 June 2013

A photographic exploration of Merri Creek – the sacred, the sanctuary, the idiosyncratic relationship between nature and the city.

Artist Statement
Upon exploring Merri Creek - I walked and I cycled - I slowly began to realise that the area has many personalities. There is the intimacy of the locale near Westgarth which extends into wide open spaces. Venture near the Coburg Drive-In and there are beautiful sanctuary-like locations where the mood seems to change - one has a greater sense of birds and a peacefulness. Travel elsewhere and urban life suddenly imposes: trucks on bridges, cars, the endless supply of rubbish caught in the creek, let alone weeds that clog and wrap their way around trees, or the occasional release of sewage or pollution from industry. Even further north, in the area of Galada Tamboore, near Campbellfield (an area of Wurundjeri significance) one can encounter fascinating wide open grasslands as well as the creek winding its way through basalt escarpments.

These photographs of Merri Creek have been taken with a Hasselblad Medium format camera - an old fashioned process that requires a slowing down of my photography and in effect a more meditative approach. In the process of setting up - loading film, setting a light meter, setting focus - I have had a greater chance to absorb the feel of the environment.

My photographs are also slightly odd at times. I have always had an abstract eye and I rarely take traditional landscapes. I am interested in the ways in which landscape can take on a personality, through metaphor - how something else is revealed in the photograph. But ultimately this is the vestige of fine-art photography. Look closely and you will see more!

About the Artist
Darron Davies is a teaching specialist, and a writer, with a background in Media Studies.

In recent years he has turned his attention towards the still camera photographing series in the UK, NZ, Japan and Australia.

Recent exhibitions have included the Edmund Pearce Gallery in Melbourne, 69 Smith St Gallery, the Maroondah Art Gallery, the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Bienale, the Mission to Seafarers in Docklands, the Castlemaine State Festival 2013 and the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

Future exhibitions include the Auckland Festival of Photography. A recent photograph Beyond was a Finalist in the Blake Art Prize in Sydney – including being part of the touring 2013 Blake Exhibition.


Updated : 3:22 PM, 13 August 2018

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