This photograph is part of the Grounded series, produced for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and then toured in Australia from 2015 to 2019.
At first glance the Australian desert may seem an unlikely place to survive. But, by navigating traditional stories, paintings and songs, not only food but even water can be found here in the mikiri (water wells), created by the rainmaker Kingfishers and Kunmurri (the Serpent).
Knowledge of the stories and the songs that facilitate this navigation is a treasured possession. Many stories are in danger of being lost, or are already lost as custodians of the stories and songs might prefer to let these sacred stories die with them, rather than pass them on to the settlers who banned their telling.
The 'Grounded' exhibition addresses issues around the marginalisation of Australian Aboriginal people, their loss of land and language, and how their way of life has been destroyed by a culture with little respect for land and environment. These photographs are paired with stories and photographs from the Gaelic speaking Outer Hebrides of Scotland.