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Christine McFetridge, Untitled experiment in collaboration with the Birrarung, 31/03 – 05/05/20. Expired silver gelatin paper, fixed digitally.
The new (ab)normal

Christine McFetridge

Christine McFetridge, Untitled experiment in collaboration with the Birrarung, 31/03 – 05/05/20. Expired silver gelatin paper, fixed digitally. 

Falling 

It’s quiet now 
so quiet the birds  
call loudly to one another. 

Recently, you learnt that 
Birdsong is the primary indicator of habitats 
prosperous to humans.1 

That you’re 
attunedtohearbirdsong 
rather than the human voice. 

You hear them 
walking with the 
river. 

Where 
further 
along, 

you understand that it holds you close.  
No matter where you are,  
you can see both sides of the banks;  

that, like the birds, you’re always a  
part of the 
landscape.  

Miranda July said2 
this time is like –– 
falling. 
Falling, 
and trying to describe the experience of it 
only to find 

that words fail you. 

–– 
1 Gordon Hempel, Silence and the Presence of Everything, On Being with Krista Tippett (29 Aug 2019), https://onbeing.org/programs/gordon-hempton-silence-and-the-presence-of-everything/, accessed January 17, 2020. 
2 Miranda July, Miranda July with Jenny Odell, City Arts & Lectures (20 Apr 2020), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtXe5xJyOU8, accessed April 21, 2020. 

About the artist

Christine McFetridge is a photographer and writer represented by M.33, Melbourne. She is currently an MFA by Research candidate at RMIT University and a founding member of Women in Photography NZ & AU.