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Mapping with a Car and a Camera: Ralph Bagnold in the Libyan Desert

deCourcy, Elisa


The view of a track-riven sandy terrain, dotted with the silhouettes of two cars and the remnants of a camp, was taken by British military engineer cum desert explorer, Ralph Bagnold during 1929 (Figure 1). The tread of the tyres arches violently across the fore and mid-ground, cutting through the furrows left in the sand by the wind and training the eye upward toward the horizon. The movement of the eye, in looking, mimics the motion suggested to have occurred immediately prior...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Photography and Culture
DOI: 10.1080/17514517.2018.1501197


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