Thoughtfactory: Rhizomes

bark, trees, roads, bushland

landscape photography and narration

Like the Littoral Zone and poodlewalks this Rhizomes blog has been on the back burner since September,  even though I have been walking in the local bushland with Maya (in the morning) and Maleko (in the afternoon) and continuing to make photos whilst on the poodlewalks.  

There was even the occasional  photo session, such as this one, which was an early morning photo session on Boxing Day, 2023.  

It was an early morning photo session on Halls Creek Rd, which  is a minor link road that is part of the Heysen Trail in Waitpinga.  It has little traffic and so it is safe to both walk along with Maya and to stop to make photos.      

The photo below was made just before Xmas 2023 whilst walking along Halls Creek Rd with Maya on an early morning poodlewalk.   It is a modest image,  certainly not a  significant, expressive, critical, provocative, etc one whose negativity  functions as the  antithesis of contemporary entertainment and commercial culture.

This representation of two particular trees is an ordinary and mundane photo, yet as a  representation it implies narrativity; a narrativity about nature of roadsides  and the aesthetics of nature. Since Hegel we  conceive of art as a form of knowledge. Hegel's conception of art as a form of knowledge is significant as it counters  a popular view (positivism) that it is science that provides knowledge  of nature in itself  and that art  is something purely subjective and unrelated to knowledge. 

Or alternatively, (Platonism) held that  landscape photography is an  attempt to copy something that  only see the surface of, a mere image, the colours and the forms, without having the capacity to understand it. It takes nature to art via mimesis (representation) and  reduces nature to a scene or view. Understanding nature in itself comes from knowledge provided by science

Hegel opened up the pathway that showed that there are  other forms of knowledge than scientific knowledge, such as art, literature, local narratives, myths, folklore, as well as there being  different forms of culture. The two photos of the trees constitute  a pictorial narrative rather than just  being a description of a world of objects (ie., pure reference without meaning). It is a narrative about the act of photographing the particular roadside trees between Halls Creek Rd and the surrounding agricultural grazing land.