The Brindabella Ranges lie to the west of Canberra – Australia’s capital city – and are more commonly referred to as the ‘Brindabellas’. The mountains are a dominant presence on the Canberra skyline and can be seen from most locations in the capital and the surrounding region.
The Brindabellas are neither wildly remote or rarely visited – they are the everyday back-drop to a capital city. In fact many of the landscapes featured in edge of light were filmed from within Canberra’s southern suburbs – often simply from the side of major roads. The aim with developing the film (and book/prints) was not so much to reveal an unknown location but to show very familiar landscapes from a different perspective – with both slightly unusual light and slightly altered time and motion.
BRINDABELLAS | edge of light was also never intended to be an accurate geographic documentary. There was no attempt to completely cover all angels and locations – and some footage does not feature the Brindabella Ranges as such. In this sense the film is built around a more personal concept of the ‘Brindabellas’ rather than than a precise documentation of the actual Ranges.
Primary shoot locations for edge of light included Tidbinbilla (pictured above), Mt Stromlo, Corin Forest, Corin Dam, Kangaroo Creek (Namadgi National Park), Gibraltar Falls, Cotter River, Casuarina Sands, Point Hut Crossing, Mt Taylor, Red Hill, Farrer Ridge, Scrivener Hill, Mt Mugga Mugga, Mt Wanniassa and Cooleman Ridge.
Mountain landscapes & dusk colours
All of the locations visited and landscapes featured in edge of light are either within the city of Canberra itself or just a short drive away. Corin Dam was the most ‘remote’ location filmed – but it is still only 50 kms from the centre of Canberra (and less than an hours drive in most conditions). With such easy and immediate access the Brindabella Ranges offer a unique range of photographic opportunities to capture the nature, landscapes and dusk colours of the Canberra region.