Trent PARKE, Plague of flying foxes, Mataranka, outback Northern Territory Enlarge 1 /1


Australia born 1971

Plague of flying foxes, Mataranka, outback Northern Territory 2004
Collection Title: the portfolio Minutes to midnight
Place made: Mataranka, Northern Territory, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 2005
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Edition: 1/5

Edition Notes: Suite 1 of 2. Edition size 5.
Dimensions: printed image 30.0 h x 44.0 w cm sheet 50.5 h x 60.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.188
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

In 2003 photographer Trent Parke went on a 90 000 kilometre journey around Australia which took him almost two years to complete. During his journey he saw many amazing sights and captured images of people, animals and the land. Here, you can see animals that Parke encountered on his journey: the tendrils of a jellyfish moving through the water; a luminous possum leaping between trees; and a cloud of fruit bats beating their soft, see-through wings. If you travelled Australia, what do you think you would see? How would you tell your story to others?

Activity: Choose one of Trent Parke’s photographs and write a narrative about where these creatures came from and why the photographer chose them.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra