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Australia born 1971

A rally car leaves a trail of dust, Western Australia 2003
Collection Title: the portfolio Minutes to midnight
Place made: Western Australia, 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 2006.189
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

Parke often achieves his distinctive visual language through long exposures; the effects of light over time transforming the ordinary into images infused with a mythic, poetic sensibility. Minutes to midnight, a series made between 2003 and 2005 on an epic two-year, 90,000-kilometre road trip around Australia, contains in equal parts scenes of great beauty and optimism for the future, together with moments of violence and a sense of loss, acknowledging that the world he had grown up in was long gone.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra