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The Land Where The Crow Flies Backwards by Matthew Abbott - Review

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Tracing the life along the Murray-Darling River
Fox Darkroom Gallery, photography, Matthew Abbott, Outback, Realism, Kensington, Melbourne, NSW, Queensland, Fox Darkroom, workshops, Murray-Darling Basin, Tom Goldner
The Fox Darkroom Gallery Creative

On Friday night I attended the opening of Matthew Abbott's photography exhibition 'The Land Where The Crow Flies Backward' at The Fox Gallery in Kensington on now until 26 September. The Fox Gallery is located in the Younghusband Wool Store building in 8 Elizabeth Street, just a short walk from Kensington station. Many arts collectives inhabit the Wool Store and Tom Goldner opened The Fox Darkroom and Gallery in April 2016, to create a space where photographers can develop their work with others, and learn more about their craft. Tom runs photography workshops, and also international photography tours.

Fox Darkroom Gallery, photography, Matthew Abbott, Outback, Realism, Kensington, Melbourne, NSW, Queensland, Fox Darkroom, workshops, Murray-Darling Basin, Tom Goldner
'Joel' - Mitchell truck stop, QLD (2014)

Matthew Abbott spent time in Outback of New South Wales and Queensland tracing the Murray-Darling River system (our largest river in Australia) and capturing life in Trunkey Creek, Brewarrina, Tilpa, Gundawerra, Wilcannia, Tambo, Morven, Broken Hill and Lightning Ridge.

Fox Darkroom Gallery, photography, Matthew Abbott, Outback, Realism, Kensington, Melbourne, NSW, Queensland, Fox Darkroom, workshops, Murray-Darling Basin, Tom Goldner
Hanging Dogs - South of Tambo, QLD (2014)

Matthew's black and white photography really captures the realness of outback life. I asked Matthew about some of the stories behind his work and whether any of the images were constructed. Matthew explained that none of the images were constructed - he simply was lucky to capture some great real life moments like 'Joel' sleeping on a truck spare tyre, and the 'Hanging Dogs'. Matthew's photography really brings the stories and characters of the Outback to life in this exhibition.

Fox Darkroom Gallery, photography, Matthew Abbott, Outback, Realism, Kensington, Melbourne, NSW, Queensland, Fox Darkroom, workshops, Murray-Darling Basin, Tom Goldner
Look for the Fox as you enter 8 Elizabeth Street

Make sure you see award-winning Matthew Abbott's 'The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards', before it leaves Melbourne to get a glimpse of the reality of life in the Australian Outback.
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Why? Exhibition - The Land Where The Crow Flies Backwards
When: Thu-Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 5pm
Phone: 0414 486 051
Where: 8 Elizabeth Street, Kensington, Vic, 3031
Cost: FREE
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