The images in David Hancock's EYE CONTACT exhibition represent thousands of kilometres, and years, of travel across northern Australia, working for a variety of magazine and corporate clients.
Whether it be dogs working cattle at Katherine, a Yolngu aboriginal man fishing the pristine waters of north-east Arnhem Land or a road train in the Victoria River district; his images capture the spirit of the north and its people.
Striking landscapes are also represented. Perhaps not the cliched and colourful landscapes seen in many photographic galleries and on postcards, but landscapes that are subtle and sublime – layed sandstone escarpments, reflected pandanus and fire-ravaged terrain.
David's landscapes and vignettes of life are personal rather than generic, and reflect years of learning about this part of the world.
Several images in the exhibition reflect David's background in photojournalism that go back decades when he worked for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers; eye contact with the subject, eye contact with the viewer and also between participants in the image.