Australia 1911 – 2003
1937 Creation Notes: printed 1985
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Given Cotton’s intense fascination with the pictorial possibilities of long shadows, it’s not surprising when she later commented on the making of this image that she remembered how impressed she had been with the precisely formed circles and curves of the pipes, interspersed with slivers of light. In keeping with her usual mode of working and what interested her eye, she used the rhythm of light and shadow to give the image life and dynamism. The tight cropping emphasises the monumental size of the pipes, as does the inclusion of a workman behind, almost completely eclipsed and only visible thanks to the slivers of light that fall on his head, shoulders and hands.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra