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poems ~ photographs ~ videos ~ music ~ essais  – through a green lens

I am a writer and photographer, passionate about art and the natural world and deeply concerned about the future.

The Overwintering project

Steamrolling the Prints, Coffs Harbour Nov 30

Exhibition opens Dec 6th. I am looking forward to seeing the dozen art books that my work inspired.

9 Nov.  The dawn chorus failed this morning.

Bushfire sunset

8 Nov. New bushfires in our region (70 today, many out of control).New analysis confirms the relationship between climate drivers such as El Niño, climate change and the Australian bushfire season.


National Bird Week, Oct 21

Male King Parrot, near sunset, eating wattle seed

A great project to help save the Kalang from logging – getting artists involved and selling their work for the cause. For info for artists see here.

This visitor to our garden brings bad news.

Young Grey-headed Flying Fox

Seven days of poems questioning photography Oct 1 to Oct 7.

Photography is a marvellous discovery, a science that has attracted the greatest intellects, an art that excites the most astute minds – and one that can be practised by any imbecile. Nadar

Cormorant and surfer                                                                                  One hour, one morning (what we will miss

Climate Action Day, Friday 20 Sept. Coffs Harbour

There is so much that the world will miss as the environmental catastrophe unfolds: Sat (natural intimacy);  Sun (natural estuaries);  Mon (A Bushwalk);  Tues (Gardens);  Wed (National Parks);  Thur (The Ocean);  Fri (Birding);  Sat (Birds, music, art and sport);  Sun (bushwalk as worship).

At Hat Head National Park, Wednesday, Sept 25th.

Extinction Elegies: Write a poem, save a quoll!

NEXUS, Bellingen

Four local artists, Julia Morell, Bronwyn Rodden, Chris Wilson and John Bennett exhibit paintings, photographs, 3D sculptures and a video. They offer unique examples of the Still Life genre in parallel with the region’s main visual art event of the year, Still: National Still Life Award at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. These works didn’t make it into Still (which had over 700 entries), yet they celebrate the rich depth of the genre and include approaches which explore assemblage, the use of native inks and an ecological critique re-purposing the genre itself.

My work is: Natura Morta ~ Still Life ~ five creeks in Gumbaynggirr country – Single Channel video with printed inventory.

20th Century still life master Georgio Morandi famously said: ‘I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see.’ But at what point do we need the invisible to become visible? We can no longer take the air we breathe or water we drink for granted anymore.

Glass usually magnifies, reflects and refracts, but Morandi painted bottles matte or poured in pigment to eliminate reflection. Yet, in the midst of an evolving crisis, the bottles I have filmed may contain useful information. Water is life and the water in the bottles was laboratory tested.

Art is a valuable tool for thinking and feeling, and can inform and artists as citizens have responsibilities.

The Budji Bim eel trap site has just been added to the World Heritage list (July 2019).

The eel traps in south-west Victoria were created about 6,600 years ago by the Gunditjmara people and is older than the pyramids, the Acropolis and Stonehenge. The site also has remains of about 300 round stone huts which would be a surprise to most non-indigenous Australians.

The Gumbaynggirr have extensive fish traps at Arrawara, just north of Cofsf Harbour.

The Overwintering Project

is a national program developed by Kate Gorringe-Smith to raise awareness of migratory shorebirds and to make them and their habitat visible.

Coffs Harbour is getting on board with a number of elements and a show in December. I will be working with students on creating poetry for this event and have been making videos, taking photographs and writing poetry to inspire the Book Art Object collective. See more here.


Many congratulations Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian Kurdish journalist, a refugee illegally detained, winner of the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature.

2019 Eos



New e-book

Hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani – download for free here. My poem is here. The decline of high profile mammal species such as the koala and platypus is ongoing and yet under NSW’s new land-clearing laws, 99% of koala habitat can be bulldozed if it’s on private land. Protest against these awful laws.

Refugee disgrace

Your Silence On Manus And Nauru Is Your Complicity, Lauren Bull, New Matilda – ‘What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull. If you don’t exercise your democracy, you’ll lose it. It’s as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public who don’t hold them to account, and of the normalisation of cruelty.’

Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all, Richard Flanagan (Nov 22, 2017). We went to a screening of ‘Hope Road‘ in Bellingen, a local Fundraiser for Refugees. It is a film by Tom Zubrycki about Zacharia Machiek and a few supporters who want to raise money to build a school back in his home village in South Sudan. It reveals the difficulties of living in Australia as a refugee, the difficulty of fundraising and the awful ongoing conflict in Sudan.
The news today (Nov 1) from Mannus is appalling.  For the latest reports see the Guardian. Back in August, Paul Bongiorno gave an impassioned account of the government’s duplicity – especially in the light of the leaked telephone conversation between our Prime Minister and the US President. Hear Paul here. The Local Refugee Group Facebook page is here.

After thirty years in the heart of Sydney, I now live on the Mid North Coast of NSW beside a forest by the sea.

a small Jagun poem
a haiku might grasp
momentarily for ever
the essence of incoming spring
but I’ve just made a photograph
of winter light
graphic on burnt Blackbutt
and stuffed my pockets
with Senna seeds


Yaarrijunga-ngarraan galayaam Gumbaynggirr girrwaa garla-ngarraan galagilagunga, gungan gulam jalum galnyarr giiliwaw

I wish to acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr people (nation) and pay respects to the traditional owners and custodians both past and present.