"The Extant Landscape, Eromanga Basin", a joint exhibition by 10 Queensland artists/scientists visualising the Australian outback landscape.. All through my childhood I understood that the subject was the field of one's study—it was the thing that one wrote about, drew, photographed or painted. Later in life I was exposed to the idea that the subject is the person doing the thinking and observing and that the object is what is being focused upon. Subsequently I have considered subject and object as interchangeable terms—dependent on point-of-view. It turns out that this figure-ground ambiguity is not unusual. Indeed, acceptance of it may be the key to acknowledging the “flat ontology” being discussed in contemporary philosophical circles, where humans are not the center of everything. In the exhibited work I explore this theme using the iPad camera and apps that enable me to montage multiple exposures at the time of capture. This kind of capability was never readily available to the traditional film photographer and so it is novel. The software itself has only loosely set control parameters, leaving plenty of room for the agency of the landscape to play its part.
Richard Randall Art Studio, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, Qld.