Mardi Gras 2018 with Party Passport for the rock out with your crock out Indigenous float.
Louise Chen is predominately a documentary photographer, with a grass roots approach. Louise shows her enthusiasm and expression towards the topic of deforestation through the lens. Her passion for such matters is clearly demonstrated by her photography.
Originally, being inspired on a political level to help support the Great Forest National Park campaign, Louise has put together this series of photos to investigate and create awareness about the issues of deforestation. There has been much consideration made towards the view point in which the audience sits, therefore the series can be taken on board by someone who is not across such matters of deforestation. The visual language communicated through her photographs is clear to all who want to view. The sequence of photos shows the rainforests is in its natural state and then showing the logging coups a devastated landscape.
Using a shallow depth of felid and rich colour to express the quite moments captured in the rainforests and then to show the bleakness and raspy nature of the devastated logging coupes, its effect much like a war zone.
I was so moved by whats happening in the forests and I have been able to contribute to the GFNP through this photo series and working with the wilderness society. This has been an amazing experience for me, I hope to bring about awareness and change through my photography. The volunteer work that I do and all the volunteers, play such a big role in helping to protect these forests. I work towards being able to use my photos as a voice for a new way at looking at our precious forests, water security and native animal species. For our future.
These photographs were taken in in the central highlands of Victoria. Some on a tour with the Wilderness society, Louise’s ongoing work is to help to show the devastation that deforestation/ logging our native rainforests is causing. In a time where the many of our native animal species are becoming extinct. These areas are home to many critically endangered species including;
Leadbeater's Possum- The Leadbeater's possum is a critically endangered possum largely restricted to small pockets of alpine as they live in the majestic mountain ash trees found in this area.
Spotted Tree Frog
The spotted Quoll - an endangered carnivorous marsupial once found throughout the central highlands but seldom seen today.
The mythical 'drop-bear' and not to be confused with the Brush-tailed possums. These massive Possums are known as the Mountain Brushtail and are significantly larger than their urban counter-parts.
Boo-Book owl -The Boo-book whose call is as unusual as it is haunting. The call of the Boo-Book can be heard in tandem with the Yellow-Bellied Gliders on the sound byte.
Little Sugar Glider- common resident of these forests. Today their future remains precarious as scientists are finding fewer of these little gliders in the forests of the Central Highlands. They are an important food source for predators such as Owls.
Satin Bower birds are renowned for their unique courtship behaviour. The males build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly coloured (usually blue) objects to attract a mate.
Mountain Ash Trees
Victoria’s central highlands area are home to the Majestic Mountain Ash Trees, native to Australia. Mountain Ash Tree’s are the tallest flowering tree in the world.
Mountain Ash are characteristically tall and straight, typically with no branches until near the crown. Increased maturity is characterised by trees becoming more widely spaced and heavier in the trunk, with a greater number of tree hollows forming. In the absence of fire, old age and death occurs at around 400 - 500 years. Fire sensitive cool temperate rainforest species commonly coexist with Mountain Ash, particularly in the gullies, it’s also highly unlikely to have naturally occurring fires if the rainforest is left to grow as the forest floor is wet.
Leadbeaters' Possum requires mature Mountain Ash for nest sites. The tree provides nectar and seeds for birds and leaves for caterpillars.
Mountain Ash Forests are also the most carbon rich forests in the world, and hence one of the world’s most important types of rainforests to protect. Especially given the global warming crisis and an increase in brushfires and unstable climate.
Clerfell logging stops old growth forests from regenerating and increases the fire proneness in forests bushfires like (Black Saturday 2009)
Mountain Ash forests are threatened by recurrent and widespread industrial clearfell logging.
Our water catchment areas
Clearfell logging coupes in Victoria are concentrated in high rainfall areas of Melbourne’s catchments.
As bushfire is going to become even more common with global warming we need to be aware that cutting down the forests will only create dryer conditions and higher chances of major bushfires like Marysville.