Australian Left Review

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The Green Old Days


McKenzie Wark


When we look at a 'nature' photograph what do we see? Is it a national park? Is it a wilderness? Is it Nature? It's funny how there is never any trace of the photographer in these images. The picture at right, titled 'Impregnable', was taken by Olegas Truchanas, a famous campaigner against the destruction of Tasmania's Lake Pedder in the 70s. It is a classic of what is now a readymade genre of 'beautiful nature' pictures, all lush green foliage, unspoiled and unsullied.



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