Australia 1911 – 2003
Orchestration in light
New England, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: Wollomombi Gorge, Wollonombi Gorge, New England
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Cotton took this landscape early one morning at Wullumbi Gorge in the New England tablelands, during a camping trip with Dupain. It is remarkable for both the way the light transforms the landscape into quivering energy and the way Cotton makes sense of that enigmatic experience in pictorial form. As its title suggests, the photograph recalled for Cotton – who trained as a musician as a girl – a musical composition, particularly ‘the beautiful graduation in tone going from a bass tone to a high treble at the top of the picture’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra