Living with Indigenous communities for extended periods of time, Jon Rhodes develops sustained relationships with his subjects and the land they inhabit. His photographs are often displayed in sequential arrangements that impose narrative and symbolic connections between adjacent images.
For Gurka’wuy, Trial Bay, Northern Territory Rhodes returned to the same scene at different times of the day. In one image, three figures appear almost imperceptible against the backdrop of the partially submerged tree as if they were being absorbed into the landscape. The image sequence exposes the subtle modulation of passing time and re-enacts the pace and progression of a journey.
Five studies of "tree" in billabong
Untitled (five studies of tree in water)
five gelatin silver photographs
5 photographs: each 10.5 x 15.5 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. verso original mount, pencil "Jon Rhodes/ ... 1974".
Bequest of Patrick White 1991
Not on display
© Jon Rhodes
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Vigen Galstyan, Look, 'Earth scans and bush relevances. Photograohy & place in Australia, 1970s til now', pg.26-29, Sydney, Mar 2011, 28.