signed lower right and titled and dated lower left
26 x 26cm
Private collection, Sydney
Beach Landscape (Sand Dunes) is a familiar yet ethereal coastal scene. The undulating sand dotted with rough patches of grass under a cloud-strewn sky is reminiscent of the wild yet peaceful nature of much of Australia’s ever-changing beachscape. The photograph captures Cotton’s remarkable ability to play with shadow and light, skills which established the artist’s reputation as one of the foremost female photographers in the antipodes.
Experimental Windflower Montage With Shadow Pattern1939
vintage silver gelatin photograph
inscribed with photographer’s name, title, date and signed by daughter Sally McInerney in pencil verso
37.6 x 30.2cm
This montage was created by overlaying two photographic negatives, creating a simple yet enchanting floral composition. A variant of this image is illustrated in two books, both written by Professor Helen Ennis, Olive Cotton, Photographer, NLA, 1995, p63, and in Olive Cotton, AGNSW, 2000, p51.