Welcome to PhotoVoltaicPoetry
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.
Wyn and I live beside Jagun Nature Reserve in Gumbaynggirr Jagun [Gumbaynggirr country]. Jagun means home/dwelling.
Just out !! VIRUS 2020 – the musical
No, not quite, rather a CD of journal extracts worked into music by John Laidler. Released Oct 1. Check it out here.
VIRUS 2020 ~ a daily journal
My daily journal of writings and photographs, Virus 2020 started in January, before I knew it was going to become an ongoing project, From March documenting the day became a daily activity, to document the pandemic from a regional and global perspective. I look at both personal and wider social/economic ramifications, but primarily focus on this crisis as an opportunity to appreciate and (as usual) celebrate the natural environment.
We need to use these strange, uncertain times to re-evaluate what is really important, and in a time of lockdown, appreciate what is in our immediacy – the natural world.
From August, this daily journal (not yet uploaded, hoping to re-arrange this site first) concentrates on Natural Aesthetics, a theme frequently mentioned earlier. Natural Aesthetics is a way to cope with the anxiety of lockdown, disease, depression, unemployment and the uncertainty of what lies ahead, a way of enjoying being alive, and also a spur to resetting how we live and recognising the damage we are (all) doing to the natural environment and all life forms.Sawtell, dawn, 16 Aug
Natural aesthetics is a positive step towards restoring our lost connections for the health of the planet, our society and ourselves.
An elegant turn as if on a runway,
unblinking eyes, perpetually wide,
the sleek head delicately textured,
Tang brush-strokes white and blue,
Persian cobalt from the Silk Road
built into a powerful weapon.
In this time of lockdown and physical distancing getting up for Eos is a joy.
Let’s get some perspectives on this pandemic that has reached every country, and which the news doesn’t cover. See COVID-19 and the Cadigal peoples of Sydney and COVID-19 and Lucretius
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.
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.