2017 Study Tour
Given my design and management background in the built environment, I have always had a keen interest in how the natural and built environments interact with each other.
When we build things, we impact on nature by taking away natural habitat and by utilising natural resources. It should be no surprise therefore that, when we no longer require our buildings and infrastructure, nature reclaims what it once provided.
But nature provides us with more than just land and resources, it also provides us with inspiration. If we care to look carefully at nature, we can learn many lessons about how to build structures, where to locate them and how to manage them.
So my 2017 study tour of Outback Australia was aimed at capturing images that illustrate:
• How the built environment impacts on nature
• How nature impacts on the built environment
• How the natural and built environments co-exist
• How nature inspires design and management
Traveling from regional Victoria to the Kimberley via Lake Eyre, my tour will lasted five weeks, covering 12,500 km. During the journey, I managed to accumulate a large number of photographs, some directly related to the theme of the tour and others of a more general nature. Despite infrequent internet access I managed to upload a few blogs, see below.
Since returning, I have sifted through my images and collated them, with a bit of an explanation, into two galleries:
Abandoned - The built environment left to nature
Colour Pattern Texture - images from nature with a few man made
Left to Decay - a brief history of the leprosarium at Bungarun
Nature taking back!
On a recent break in Bonny Doon, my wife and I stayed on a farm property belonging a friend's family that used to run sheep and cattle. Apart from being in an idyllic setting the farm outbuildings offered some interesting photographic opportunities, including the abandoned shearing shed.
The last time the shed was used for the purpose it was intended was 1999 when 117 sheep were shorn, according to the tally on one of the posts. Since then it has been left to its own destiny, which you will see from this photograph is a gradual reclamation by nature. It makes me wonder how long it will take for the shed to totally succumb to the unstoppable advance of nature.
In many respects this was one of the inspirations behind my study tour during which I experienced many more such instances of nature taking back what was once its sole domain.
More images of the shearing shed here
(c) 2020 Martin Leitch Photography