Research Background: Working on the philosophy that one does not have to seek out 'news' situations to create dramatic and memorable photographs, Julie Millowick, asked the question 'Is it possible to create ongoing successful imagery within walking distance of where one lives? And to continue to do so on a long term basis?'
Research Contribution: Addressing memory, endurance and survival across several photographic mediums, the work presents an in depth archive of both a changing social environment, and a threatened landscape. It offers an intimate overview of this post gold rush landscape, and the people who live within it.
Research Significance: Close to Home, is a valuable document - the result of 20 plus years, multi layered visual research into a small Central Victorian community. Several images from Close to Home are now held in major collections, including, State Library of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, and Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery. Imagery particularly references the Parks Victoria initiative of Planned Thinning in the Fryers Forest, and the impact of the drought on the environment.