John Gollings / Bushfire Aerials / April 25 – May 12 2012
John Gollings’ Bushfire Aerials document the post-bushfire landscapes one week after the Black Saturday fires. Unlike most images of the event, these images are shot from above to reveal an uncanny beauty. Forests are re-composed to form patterns of arid dots and strokes. Roads and fence lines are revealed to create compositional elements reminiscent of abstract works of art. Gollings’ unique view of a landscape in transition exposes nature in a profound moment of duality – one of simultaneous destruction and rebirth.
These pictures address a number of Gollings’ primary concerns as a photographer. In the first instance they demonstrate the regenerative power of nature, evident in the traces of life beginning to emerge in the face of a bushfire’s terrible blackness. They also reiterate Gollings’ long-standing interest in documenting the power of nature, again registered in the indications of regeneration and the fact that such tremendous beauty can be found in places of chaos and destruction. – Shaune Lakin, Director Monash Gallery of Art, 2011
Born in 1944, John Gollings is a photographer who for the majority of his career has specialised in the built environment. Since taking his first photographs at age 11, Gollings has cemented his place among the top architectural photographers in the world, renowned for documenting both ancient and modern cities. Recently he has devoted his time to projects with academic or cultural significance.
His work is held by the Asia Society, New York, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash Gallery of Art, the State Library of Queensland, The Janet Holmes A’Court collection, The Gold Coast Gallery and the National Library of Australia.