Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Small moments

As the hours, days and weeks in which we have recently been confined to our homes compressed and merged into an endless monotony, certain moments of beauty that have been lurking in the minutiae of domestic ordinariness shone through. The slowing of my once busy schedule provided more opportunity for reflective movements. I’ve become mindful…

Journeys North: Charles Page photographs subjects which intrigue him

‘Journeys North’ focused on Queensland photography; all of the photographers involved were long-term residents of Queensland or had strong associations with the state. Graham Burstow, Lin Martin, Robert Mercer, Glen O’Malley, Charles Page and Max Pam each travelled to different regions of the state where, over a period of around 18 months, they documented the lifestyles,…

Journeys North: Max Pam inspired by his memories of childhood

‘Journeys North’ was ‘one of the most adventurous commissions undertaken by the Queensland Art Gallery’, and that ‘although the commission was conceived as a Bicentennial project, its importance will extend long after 1988’.1 In the mid 1980s, with the financial assistance of the Australian Bicentennial Authority, the Queensland Art Gallery commissioned six photographers, Graham Burstow,…

Journeys North: Lin Martin does not choose her subjects at random

My life in Queensland — dream of a reality — that dream becomes reality — reality is but a dream. Bobby Lees, Sculptor/performer/builder, Sunshine Beach Lin Martin produced a series of portraits which captured a number of unique characters within their own environments. Curator Claire Williamson noted in the 1988 catalogue essay, ‘Photographic practice in Queensland…

Glen O’Malley records Queenslanders’ daily experiences

Twenty eight years since ‘Journeys North’ was first exhibited allows us to revisit this important artistic achievement; to re-examine the subjects examined and reflect on their relevance today. Queensland has, of course, changed in myriad ways in the intervening years, however ‘Journey’s North’ provides an intriguing and enduring visual record of the people and places…

Journeys North: Robert Mercer’s photographs focus on local culture

Robert Mercer’s photographs feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in far north Queensland, focusing on local culture, work places and events. Following is his artist statement from the original ‘Journeys North’ exhibition. These photographs emanate from two trips I made to northern regions of Queensland. In September 1986, I visited Yarrabah Aboriginal mission, Cairns, Mantaka and…