NorthSite’s latest photography exhibition showcases decades of the ‘deep north’ – TropicNow


Although his photographic series Deep North spans more than a decade of observation, Matthew Stanton believes he’s only “scratched the surface” of our tropical north landscape, his childhood home.

Growing up in Djabugay Country, at the end of the Redlynch Valley near Crystal Cascades, Matthew has witnessed housing estates take the place of cane fields, and grassy Eucalypt woodlands become dense forests dominated by rainforest pioneer species.

It’s these dramatic changes, as well as the not so palpable shifts in local ecosystems, that he hopes to capture in Deep North – opening at NorthSite Contemporary Arts on Friday, 18 February.


“A large part of my early motivation was spurred by a renewed fascination with the landscape’s layers of visual and psychological complexity which would continually beckon my gaze,” Mr Stanton said.

“I soon found myself compelled to try and translate those impressions photographically.”

The artist discovered photography in his final year at Cairns State High, in the school’s black and white darkroom under the guide of his teacher, Ana Sullivan.

Shooting a lot of the city’s underground music scene during the 90s, he soon turned his lens towards the environment, alongside working with the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s revegetation projects.