Not tame enough is a creative practice-led investigation that considers the photographic representation of Kangaroos within Australia. Through the intersection of critical inquiry, computational image making methods, archival research, and contemporary photographic image making, Not tame enough seeks to contribute to public discourse and challenge the photographic depiction of the iconic Australian species. In undertaking this project, I question the historical and ongoing role of photography in the representation of animals, shaping national ideals that native Wildlife is expendable. Using practice-led research methods to examine the representation of Kangaroos since the advent of photography in Australia, Not tame enough aims to draw parallels between representation, visibility , collective consciousness and societal attitudes toward animals. In addition, Not tame enough questions how colonial understandings of animal-human relations have negated consent and agency in Wildlife photography. Through artistic methods, the project will expose how photographic practices have contributed to national discourse around native Wildlife welfare.
PhD project and a work in progress.