Over the last few years I have been going to remote Outback NSW to photograph the changing environment. The lower Darling running dry has had a significant impact on the Menindee Lakes - and, as of 1 July, 2018, there is only one lake left that contains water. On Sunday, the 1st of July, I set out to that lake, Lake Pamamaroo. This lake still has some water and because of that, there were easily a thousand pelicans (that I could see from 500m up) in the midst of a feeding frenzy. This colony of pelicans is one of the many types of birds, fish and of course, the human inhabitants of Menindee, that will be affected by the eventual demise of the lake system. The first and last black and white photos are of the dried up darling river as it enters the large lake, Lake Menindee. This lake is now completely dry and mostly overgrown with brown scrub. Even though there is no water in this lake, the residents on the Sunset Strip still meet at their community hall each week, with a schnitzel night coming up on 7 July 2018. I suppose trying to have some sort of normalcy is critical to the residents' survival and well-being.
The slideshow below is a selection of images from my personal project and forthcoming exhibition - Waverley Cemetery, From Dusk til Dawn. For over two years, I have been shooting the iconic cliff-side cemetery between dusk and dawn with only a torch or moonlight as a light source.
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