Goblin Swamp
D'Entrecasteaux National Park

Goblin Swamp black white landscape photograph
Goblin Swamp, December 1988

December 1988, my first vist to Goblin Swamp. The day was sunny, far too sunny for such a contrasty subject

goblin Swamp black white landscape nude photograph
Goblin Swamp with Nude, 1996
Goblin Swamp black white landscape photograph
Goblin Swamp, 1996
Goblin Swamp black white landscape photograph
Goblin Swamp, 1996
Goblin Swamp black white landscape photograph
Goblin Swamp with Nude, 1997

I made my first black and white photographs of Goblin Swamp, D'Entrecasteaux National Park in 1998. However, as this is such a tiny and fragile ecosytem I have not made these images very public. Recently Goblin Swamp has become a "tourist ikon", so keeping these images hidden no longer helps protect the site

Some of these images include glimpses of nude bodies as I have occasionally used Goblin Swamp as a setting for pictures of friends. In the images on this page showing people the nudes in Goblin Swamp are tiny. Most do not include nudes, however, because of the nature of the location viewers often see figures where none exist. For images featuring nudes in Goblin Swamp please go to Naked Portraits 1994-1999

The monstrous root forms, part of the visual appeal of Goblin Swamp, were originally under a layer of peat. This peat has been lost to Western Australian Dept of Environmental Consternation badly supervised fuel reduction burns. I have long advocated a change in policy to protect DEZs like peat swamps, granite monadnocks and riparian systems during burns. However, DEC seem to go out of their way to destroy these tiny, fragile forest jewels in their broadscale burns

John Austin

John Austin's black and white landscape photographs of Goblin Swamp are available for sale as limited edition archivally processed selenium toned silver gelatin prints from the original negative



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