Steven Hartup (b.1965)
'Photography to me is at its best when it is an intense visual language which does not require a dense, complex shield of written language to explain or justify it.'
Steven Hartup began photographing from an early age. Born and raised in Sydney, Steven moved to rural NSW where he worked as a station hand on rural properties. Steven's influences include Jon Lewis, Ingeborg Tyssen, Eugene Richards, Sally Mann, Ted Orland, Narelle Autio, Stephen Dupont, Grant Mudford and many, many others.
Steven works mainly with large format film, producing silver gelatin prints in his own darkroom. His work is in the collection of the Goulburn Regional Gallery and private collectors.
Humans are continually altering the landscape to their needs, their desires and to their ambitions and will continue to do so. Landscape is formed, altered and built upon as humans expand their occupation of the landscape.
Bongallarbi is a working property located in the southern tablelands region of NSW. The shearers' quarters there are no longer used. These images discuss the atrophy of a built landscape, of a built structure that has degraded in size and strength due to a lack of use. This structure was used to accommodate rural workers and shearers as they worked the property shearing and crutching sheep, as well as other times throughout the year. Structures like this one as were prevalent in the 19th and 20th centuries, only to be abandoned when their use became redundant. The need for close accommodation on working properties diminished as larger properties were subdivided, road and rail lines were improved, in turn reducing travelling times which allowed workers to travel to from their homes in the local district.
All photographs are selenium toned, gelatin silver prints from black and white, large format negatives. Prints are dry mounted on 100% acid free museum rag mount boards.
Print size 27.9cm x 35.6cm
Matt board size 30.5cm x 40.6cm