How to be uncivilized

For some it is a natural response to enter the “untamed” landscape as naked as the terrain itself. We are, after all, creatures of the land so what could be more natural than returning to our primal state? Most of us, however, are not so circumspect. We like our clothes, our houses, our cars, and a nice cooked meal.

In the early 1970s my life-long friend, Robert Reid, and I took a road trip to the Australian National Parks near the Victorian and New South Wales border. This was and still is wild bushland of magnificent stature, alive and Eden-like in its natural beauty. It is no coincidence that a nearby town is named “Eden”.

At most every spot where we landed the untouched landscape so inspired Robert that he immediately threw off his clothes and reveled in embracing the rocks, trees, grasses and water as if he was coming home. It is this innocent quality that I love about Robert. He has held on to that wide-eyed awe for all things that are truly and legitimately awesome. We should all be like him but that would be so uncivilized!
Nude, 1971

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The Fall

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This is a series of photographs made in 1971 exploring narratives about innocence and a fall from grace. The protagonist is my friend, and songwriter from the band Yellow Box, Rob Reid.

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Carol Jerrems’ short long goodbyes

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In the dozen or so years of Carol Jerrems’ all-too-brief photographic output before her untimely death in 1980 at age 31, the outward subject of her work was the social upheaval in contemporary urban life in late 60s and 70s … Continue reading

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Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, Melbourne, Australia, September, 1971.

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Thanks to a prompt by Gael Newton, Australia’s preeminent photo-curator, I went into my photo archive last week to look for some pictures I’d remembered making of an Anti-Vietnam War demonstration in 1971. Yes, they were there but I’d never printed them, … Continue reading

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LA Freeway Revisited

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In mid-1975 when I left Sydney to visit the United States I landed first in New York. Then over several months I zig-zagged my way by car across the country from East to West. By September I found myself driving … Continue reading

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