Belanglo by Warwick Baker. First edition first impression. Hardback (one of 700) in near fine condition. Soft bumps to several corners. No other markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Belanglo is the debut book by Melbourne-based photographer Warwick Baker. More than four years in the making, the project is a photographic meditation on sites of trauma and the psychological and historical resonances of landscape and place – whether imbedded, incurred, implied or imagined.
Created within the bounds of the Belanglo State Forest, Baker’s images forge a poignant taxonomy of a landscape that gained notoriety as a result of the so-called ‘backpacker murders’ committed by Ivan Milat in the 1990s. Taking the form of aerial photographs, hand-held medium format images, large-format landscapes and still-life photographs, the body of work is at once forensic, evidentiary and speculative in tenor, and makes use of both traditional documentary techniques and a more lateral and experimental approach befitting the expanded conventions of the ‘new documentary’ movement. While specific in its frame of reference, the book forms a wider allegory for Australian culture’s engagement and eschewal of notions surrounding landscape, place and histories of violence.