Claudia Terstappen’s background as artist & academic is impressive. Currently at Monash University, Melbourne, some of her photographic work is here. See Blogroll for a link.

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Terstappen’s ‘Fire’ series ‘relates to important cultural, spiritual and natural features of Australia. The work deals with shared experiences and expectations, and tries to reflect their associated fears and values.‘ My own response, as someone who has lived in a fire-prone State, is one of ‘associated fears’, though there is no doubting the fascination & beauty of fire. Here, without the emotional context of the damage fire can do, Terstappen’s shots remind me that the camera is a tool or blank interface  between the photographed scene and the viewer’s (my) ‘values’ & ‘expectations’ /

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From her ‘Mountains’ series /

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From her ‘Landscapes’ series /

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Her ‘Dark Nights’ series ‘looks at Australian nature as staged and theatrical, referencing the distance that has developed between the natural environment and ourselves.’

Fish

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From her ‘Animals’ series /

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‘Places of Worship’ series.

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