Shooting the Sunburnt Country, the Land of Sweeping Place, the Rugged Mountain Ranges: Australian Landscape and Wilderness Photography
Taylor and Francis
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Contemporary Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
This article is an exploration of the aesthetics of landscape photography. The author argues for a shift away from the aesthetics of landscape photography of the sublime and picturesque, which is very much part of the American tradition, toward what could be called a conservation counteraesthetic of photography for environmental sustainability. He suggests that this can evoke the formation of new Australian identity, with its focus on communities working the land in ways that conserve biodiversity.