Robert Ashton / Interior Exterior / July 24 – August 17 2013
Negotiating the narrow path
through the chaos of the interior scrub
to the vastness of the open horizon,
looking for some clarity of vision.
Trying to reconcile the detail with the overall,
Running along the continuum
from complexity to simplicity.
The chaos of the bush confounds the senses.
This is creation under construction.
Looking out over the ocean,
the vastness of the long view is reassuring.
This is creation complete.
Delineated simply, the earth from the sky.
Two views -far and near.
Quiet and stillness in the noise.
Everything in its place.
Robert Ashton has been photographing and exhibiting his work since the early 1970s. His photographs are held in the Australian National Gallery, as
well as the Victorian, New South Wales and Tasmanian Galleries, and various private collections in Australia, U S A, and Europe.
He works in black and white and very recently in colour, using the camera to record the cultural marks we make in our environment. He is the co author with Gregory Day of Trace, a book of poems and photographs made on the west coast of Victoria, Australia where he currently lives and works.