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Jon Rhodes

Gurka’wuy, Trial Bay, Northern Territory

Living with Indigenous communities for extended periods of time, Jon Rhodes developed 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 land. The image sequence exposes the subtle modulation of passing time and re-enacts the pace and progression of a journey.

Issues for consideration

  • Look at the images in Gurka’wuy, Trial Bay Northern Territory and imagine you are there. What sounds can you hear? What can you smell? How hot is it, how humid? What is the light like? Describe how these things change over the course of a day.
  • Would the impact of this work change if it was presented as a single image or in a different sequence? If so, how?
  • How has Rhodes given the landscape and people an active presence in his work?