The history of the region after the dispossession of the Ramindjeri people (who lived at Encounter Bay and around Cape Jervis) is one of clearing the land for cattle and sheep farming. This clearing of the bush represented development and progress for the white settlers.
I wanted to show this history of the landscape photographically. After a lot of scooping with the digital camera (Sony NEX-7) I decided to photograph a stark tree in front of a cleared field along Baum Rd in Waitpinga. This is the photoshoot with the 5x4 Linhof (Technika IV) from early this morning before the hot, dry north-westerly wind started in force and the temperature became unpleasantly hot.
I did two interpretations. The first one took advantage of the flat light whilst it was still overcast, and the second one was made when the light cloud cover had started txobreak up and there was some early morning sunlight on the subject. I couldn't make up my mind which interpretation would work best. I won't know until the sheet film has been developed, scanned, and uploaded into Lightroom.
I've struggled to figure out how to photograph the history of the regional landscape of the Fleurieu Peninsula, that avoids the pastoral and the picturesque landscapes. When art historians in Australia refer to the pastoral landscape, they often mean landscapes which describe activities associated with farming and with life in the Australian bush. It also has a further connotation namely the white settlers are seen to be in harmony with a cleared fertile land, a land which has been ordered by them and in which their prosperity enabled them to experience leisure.