Michelle McFarlane
Photographic Artist

Melbourne, Australia

Email: photo@michellemcfarlane.com


Commercial website: mmpstudio.com.au

The Sickness of Long Thinking

On View

22 – 28 May 2008

Solo exhibition



Opening night

Saturday, May 3
6.30 – 8.30 pm


Goat Gallery
87A Main St


Western Victoria


Exhibition dates

May 3 – May 25

Artist Statement

On countless local, national, and international trips in cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes, and even on the back of a motorbike, I have orchestrated a new technique with my 35mm camera to delineate the shifting effect of light and the atmospheric dissolving colours viewed out the window of moving vehicles. Here is where time, movement, and environment are merged to make what I call a Locograph.


Time lost when travelling to a destination is often loathed by the average commuter; however, I’ve learned after repeated journeys of my own the importance of time and distance between places. Like the land we pass by on these trips, we too need time and space for our evolution before reaching our destination. Without this experience, there is no journey.

The images are presented in the same way they were captured. A sequence of snapshots taken much like recording the undeveloped thoughts of a passenger that emerge and evaporate on any given voyage.


Media release


The Wimmera Mail-Times
May 12, 2008


Inspired by a theme featured in a book given to me in 2007 by my partner, who read it on his return trip to France from his mother’s funeral. I finished the book on my journey from Africa to his unanticipated funeral two months later. The story is a book of journeys, disappearances, grief, the isolation of living in a remote town, winter partners, and the sickness of long thinking.

Light serves as the medium,
the digital sensor, a canvas,
locomotion, the brushstroke.


Much like an impressionist painting, a Locograph is not concerned with accurate details, focusing instead on capturing the essence of the moment.



                & time


It all started with regular V/line train and bus rides from Melbourne to Natimuk in 2005. I was working for Bambuco, an Australian company that used qualified rock climbers to construct large bamboo structures from Moso bamboo at international arts festivals all around the world. I met the artistic director Simon Barley on one of my trips to Mt Arapiles, home to over 2000 quality rock climbing routes, located 10 kilometres west of the town of Natimuk, and returned multiple times over the following years.

LOCO motion
photo GRAPH

In 2008 following Simon’s unexpected and sudden death I presented ‘The Sickness of Long Thinking,’ a solo exhibition with a series of images taken on all those trips up and back to visit and work with him.


Australia, The Sahara Desert, West Africa, India, Sri Lanka, South America, Europe