Since early 2006 I have been conducting a series of extended field trips into the Lake King William area of the upper Derwent River catchment.
In an attempt to re-discover elements of the environment detailed in my great-grandfathers journals from 1907, I began an extensive photographic survey of the surrounding country.
During this period I encountered artifacts of aboriginal and colonial land use, as well as those produced by industrial forestry and hydro engineering.
Drowning by Numbers uses custom written open-source computer software to create video projections that build up representations of intimate locations in real-time. The projections utilize a painterly approach to image making that progressively builds up images of specific locations from the generalized abstract language of Global Positioning Systems.
Drowning by Numbers was awarded first prize in the 2008 Hobart City Art Prize. The 2008 prize was the 20th anniversary and entrants were drawn from previous winners of the prize. The work is now part of the Hobart City Councils permanent collection.
Drowning by Numbers also featured in the recent exhibition The Lake, curated by Malcolm Smith for the Australian Centre for Photography.
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