Story Behind the Print, Native Title

Black and white photo of Australian Landscape of fields and trees.
Black and white photo of Australian Landscape of fields and trees. ustralian Landscape with feilds and trees

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther

From the photographer: Marty Schoo

“An old lone Buloke watches over an altered landscape. Those that altered it try dutifully, perhaps stubbornly, to grow new seeds, in the hope for food to sustain both lives and livelihoods. Some years are futile, some prosperous. The Buloke has seen it all before, year after year as it grows old, standing defiantly, not bothered by sun or storm. A native, indigenous to those soils.

Buloke is a species of ironwood native to Australia. The Wimmera region in Western Victoria has numerous stands of the tree, known as having the hardest wood in the world. Stands are endangered by farming practices in places across this region, where it is thought to be integral to the survival of the endangered south-eastern subspecies of the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo for feeding and nesting. This is one Buloke I thought typified the trees plight to stand strong and hold on to its native roots, it’s native title on the landscape.”