1993 was deemed ‘The Year of the Indigenous Person’ and without hesitation I started to research the Indigenous cultures of Australia-photograph cultural evidence in whatever medium it was displayed or celebrated and generate my own personal archive of material in order to make a ‘picture novel’ of these findings.
Quest For Country
1993 was ‘The Year of the Indigenous Person’ internationally and it was an easy decision to get involved working with the Indigenous people of Australia. I knew little of these cultures and felt compelled to change. There were a select few avenues to explore and one was S.B.S. television (Special Broadcasting Service). I wrote to a documentary film production company working within S.B.S. called ‘Black Fella Films’ explaining my desire to work with traditional people and offer my service.
I received a reply and worked on a documentary ‘Quest For Country’ directed by the late Indigenous Artist Michael Riley. We were to travel slowly across Central New South Wales shooting landscapes depicting the destruction farming has on the natural environment.