Photographer turned farmer’s field in Australia’
We know a lot of the “sides” of Australia: kangaroos, camels, desert, quokka, horrible insects, marine life and, perhaps, Sydney. Photographer Josh Smith showed another, the agricultural side of a distant continent, flying high above the fields.
Smith sits in a small light aircraft, who is piloting his friend (also a Smith, but not a relative), they rise into the sky and take a course to agricultural plantings.
His photographs represent a scale of abstraction, where the patterns produced by agricultural machinery, extensive develop into a complex structure. In conversation with the BBC Smith said the idea came to his head when he was sitting in one of Sydney bakeries.
He looked around and wondered if there is a number of people who may not know where their bread? “It suddenly dawned on me that probably not all aware about the full mechanism for the production of bread and other products,” said Smith.
So he took to the skies to draw people’s attention to how manufactured food and clothing. The aerial photography was only a hobby, until Smith obtained the footage of the floods in Queensland and new South Wales have not been published in a major newspaper.
Since then, Smith has turned her hobby into a life’s work and organized an exhibition of his work.
“Here in Australia, we have farmers who produce high quality products for delivery anywhere in the world,” says Smith. When he shows his pictures to the owners of agricultural land, meets the “good response”.
“I’m trying to create an abstract vision of a routine process of agricultural work. The result for me is the transformation of the production cycle in art,” the author concludes.