In Northcote on the corner of Hebert Street and Beavers Road is a vacant lot by the rail line and rail crossing. It is full of gravel and weeds and is also home to a large feral apple tree.

In 2009 I spent a year photographing this site to create this time-lapse video

I wanted to see what would be revealed if I paid close attention to this small overlooked corner of my neighbourhood, so set myself the task of observing it closely over the course of a year. When focusing on the local environment, we have the opportunity to open up consideration of bigger universal experiences such as the movement of the planet around the sun and questions about the nature of time.

During the year of shooting my regular presence drew attention to the beautiful tree and the unrealised potential of this vacant lot. Transition Darebin became interested in the location and in 2010 they organised several working bees, which resulted in a garden being planted. Now when you pass the site you will regularly see people sitting enjoying the shade of the tree and what was once an abandoned lot has become a communal space for locals to use and enjoy.

The ongoing legacy of this change in community engagement with the site is an important part of the project for me, I am excited to have the opportunity to show the video in a public space so close to the actual site

I kept a weekly blog during the making the work of the work and beyond which reflects these changes. thefullcatastrophe.com.au/page3.htm

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