The landscape b+w picture below of roadside vegetation in Waitpinga on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula is from the archives. It was recently shared with the Melbourne-based Friends of Photography Group (FOPG).
The subtext of landscape art in Australia has been resolutely national; indeed, national identity—the Australianness of Australian art--tacitly assumed the primacy of the nation. I would have thought that the concept of empire would be central, since Australia was part of the British empire. An example would be the early colonial painters such as John Glover, who struggled to reconcile the Australian landscape with the confines of the picturesque, the dominant landscape aesthetic of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. The picturesque was in effect the visual language of the colonisers--it highlighted the beauty rather than the hardships of imperial lands, depicting colonial Australia as a land ripe for settlement.