Landscape photography and the imaginary of an Australian Gothic

Dagnall, R 2017, Landscape photography and the imaginary of an Australian Gothic, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


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Title Landscape photography and the imaginary of an Australian Gothic
Author(s) Dagnall, R
Year 2017
Abstract Landscape photography and the imaginary of an Australian Gothic is a practice-based research project that
identifies and responds to the concept of the Gothic through the medium of landscape photography.
The research investigates the social and cultural significance of the Gothic imaginary and ideas relating
to the Australian landscape. Notions of the Gothic, as a condition and way of thinking about landscape,
are predominately European, however representations of the Australian natural environment in cinema,
art and literature make reference to tropes that although distinctly Australian in context are integral to
the Gothic mode.

In the search for an Australian Gothic a phenomenological approach guides the project and final image
capture reflecting my responses to the Australian landscape. Although rarely discussed as a mode in the
visual arts, the Australian Gothic may be identified through the mapping of its occurrence in and through
cultural narratives and assumptions of the Australian landscape. A community of practice is additionally
revealed constructing a synopsis of the Australian Gothic in visual, literary and filmic practices, furnishing
a framework through which to contextualise and further analyse the research.
Through the medium of photography my research seeks to address a gap in the knowledge of the
Australian Gothic in visual language, thus contributing new knowledge and understanding of the Gothic
that can lead to an understanding and analysis of a nations’ imagined psyche.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Subjects Art Theory
Visual Cultures
Lens-based Practice
Keyword(s) Photography
Australian Gothic
Darkness
Hauntology
Australian road trip
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