Joshua J. Smith: Ngura @ Black Eye Gallery

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Joshua J. Smith: Ngura

Ngura is Joshua J. Smith’s debut solo exhibition comprising of stunning aerial photographs of central Australia. His images capture a landscape that forms the backbone of our national identity. One which has been occupied for over 40,000 years by the traditional owners and serves as their home, camp, place and land. The Anangu people have a word in Pitjantjatjara for this – ‘Ngura’. With a passion for both film and photography, Joshua has travelled extensively, both in Australia and overseas, over a twenty-year period. Ngura sees Smith being drawn back to his origins, and his strong bond with rural and regional Australia. Joshua says – “With my good mate and pilot, Joe, we set out from North West NSW and flew inland with the idea of capturing Australia’s unique landscape that defines our national identity and what separates us from the rest of the world. What we encountered was the spiritual and emotional legacy of an ancient natural terrain. Rhythmic, undulating plains merge into dunes and deserts which are traversed by long forgotten rivers. Sand, wind and salt construct the brush strokes on this ochre red canvas. These images present a window into the alluring and abstract elegance that is central Australia. I hope you enjoy.”


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