Udepata. Honey Ant Dreaming
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
A sacred site for the Central and Western Arrernte people, Udepata (Ellery Creek Big Hole} is where Ellery Creek carves its way through the West MacDonnell Ranges, leaving an impressive gorge in its wake. The main native Australian story connected to this site is the 'Honey Ant Dreaming,' and it is indeed a magical place. This image, rather than being a mere record, seeks to reach beyond the surface and convey a sense of peace, solitude and mystery. The landscape, already steeped in legend, takes on a surreal, almost Dalinian, quality. The play of light and shade, the dramatic red of the rock, the stillness of the water all suggest a place of ancient enchantment.