‘Vegetable Giants of the West’: Plant Ethics in the Photography of Australian Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) Forests, 1890 to the Present

John Charles Ryan

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Abstract

This article examines photographic representations of the karri trees of Southwestern
Australia from colonial-era to contemporary times. In the context of the emerging
field of plant ethics, I argue that photography is a vital medium for understanding and
fostering ethical attitudes towards botanical life and, more specifically, towards old-growth
trees. Whereas the earliest Australian images of karris focused on either the aesthetic or
utilitarian value of the trees, contemporary photographers, exemplified by John Austin,
demonstrate an acute concern for the ethical treatment of karri forests in the face of intense
industrial pressures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-83
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the European Association for Studies of Australia
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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