On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing

Rae Begley

10 August 2022 - 4 September 2022

Free Admission

‘On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’ a new exhibition by Rae Begley reflects on nature, on Earth as a living organism.

The photographs were made with a slow intensity of exploration through the physical act of walking and site-responsive connections to remote environments.

Performative in the process of their creation, each reportage work is happened upon, captured during physically demanding expeditions.

Geological landscapes, otherworldly scenes and elements of human interference become found moments in time and space, evoking environmental and philosophical questions.

‘On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’ is a meditation on time. As humans, we are slow to act to protect the environment from our own destruction, to halt its decline, to care for home, our golden earth.

The series includes work developed during an artist residency with La Wayaka Current in the indigenous community of Coyo in the Atacama Desert, Chile, the driest nonpolar desert in the world.

A sound collaboration with musician and composer Russell Webster utilising field recordings and live instrumentation (which has since evolved into the creation of the band now known as The M1) forms a looped soundscape throughout the exhibition spaces.

*Exhibition title references an excerpt from Arundhati Roy’s speech “Come September” delivered in 2002.


Rae Begley is an Australian artist specialising in film photography.

Her practice seeks to comment on the beauty of the natural world under threat and a desire for healing through a collective connection to source.

The work explores a curiosity about our place within the vast expanse of the cosmos.

Purity of form, colour and composition intends to record truth and authenticity; the result of a considered, long and deliberate analog process of photography that incorporates film, natural light, hand held and hand printed techniques to express a delicate balance of strength and fragility.

Rae Begley was born and raised in Melbourne and is now based in Sydney.

Exhibition gallery

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf acknowledges that we are on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal people, the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is proudly owned and operated by Woollahra Municipal Council