Dark Days: A photo essay by Brendan Beirne
Photographs by Brendan Beirne capture the scenes of horrific atrocities committed by white settlers against Indigenous people in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Massacres exist in the memories of all First Nations communities today.
The land and its spirits will forevermore remember the blood spilt and innocent lives taken so violently.
Brendan Beirne’s landscapes illustrate the unquiet places where Aboriginal people have been slaughtered.
Unbeknown to holiday-makers or even landowners, there are countless sites around Australia that bear the weight of these hidden histories.
Using infrared camera technology to capture a sense of the unseen history through the seemingly peaceful landscapes, these images allow us to see that the lands we live, work and play on remain unsettled.
Dark Days is an ongoing passion project of Walkey award-winning photographer, Brendan Beirne.
This article appeared in Explore magazine, Winter 2021. View the whole issue here.