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An image of no 20 by Marion Marrison

Marion Marrison

(Australia 1951 – )

Title
no 20, from the series Bonnet Hill bush 1975-
Year
1975–
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
Cibachrome photograph
Edition
AP
Dimensions

19.0 x 19.2 cm image; 25.1 x 20.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Anonymous gift 2012
Accession number
393.2012.2
Copyright
© Marion Marrison. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

Marion Marrison was among a number of emerging photographers who responded to a wave of environmental awareness in Australia during the 1970s and early 1980s. Her extensive coverage of the Bonnet Hill bush on the outskirts of Hobart, Tasmania reconsidered previous approaches to imagining the landscape in Australian photography. Composed of both colour and black and white images, the series takes the viewer deep inside the forest, with often disorienting results. Marrison’s camera is almost always focused on the ground, picking out fragments of fallen branches and foliage. With no horizon line or clear sense of scale, the landscape seems to slip outside of the camera’s limited field of vision. In Marrison’s detached photographic studies, nature has a logic of its own, which is not hostile but merely indifferent to human presence.