Black and White Photography and Cyanotype

Water Edge - Australian Littoral

These black and white photographs examine the area where the Southern Forests of Western Australia meets the coast,to become beaches, estuaries, inlets and coastal lakes. They are a return to a subject previously explored on the English Coast from 1975 to 1980. The new images started with work at Broke Inlet. Following the break of thirty years the approach to Australian Littoral work is different to the English Littoral, but is still an observation of edge in flux

Much of this portfolio is co-oeval with the coming of Rae into my life, and with her gift of the book Open World, The Collected Poems of Kenneth White. White' poetry was one of the very earliest infuences on my work in 1970

The main aspect of my return to the Littoral was and is a move away from forest documentation, which by 2003 had utterly drained me, and the forest was enclosing me in its pain

. . . as White stated at the introduction to the long poem Walking the Coast "The need for panorama and perspective. . . "

  • Water Edge - Australian Littoral
Burnt Melaleuca Swamp, Karara Forest, Australia, black and white wetland landscape - © John Austin Broke Inlet, Australia, , black and white littoral landscape - © John Austin Broke Inlet, Fish Trap,  Australia, , black and white littoral landscape - © John Austin Broke Inlet, Australia, , black and white littoral landscape - © John Austin
Fernhook Falls, Deep River, Australia, black and white river landscape - © John Austin Burnt Peat Edge, Lake Surprise, Australia, black and white wetland landscape - © John Austin Waychinicup Inlet, Australia, black and white littoral landscape - © John Austin Broke Inlet, Australia, black and white littoral landscape - © John Austin
Waychinicup Inlet, Western Australia, black and white littoral landscape - © John Austin Balbarrup Pool, Western Australia, black and white river landscape - © John Austin Lake Florence edge, D'Entrecasteaux National Park, Western Australia 2004 - © John Austin
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