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Gurka’wuy, Trial Bay, Northern Territory



Jon Rhodes


1947 –

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Five studies of "tree" in billabong
    Untitled (five studies of tree in water)
    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © Jon Rhodes

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    Jon Rhodes

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Photography & place, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Mar 2011–29 May 2011

    • My trip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Sep 2014–07 Dec 2014

  • Bibliography

    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.

Other works by Jon Rhodes

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