Melissa Deerson’s DOCKLANDS FIELD TRIP is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Title: Docklands Field Trip

Photographer: Melissa Deerson

Date of publication:  2013

Edition size: 15

Language: English

Dimensions of book: 31 x 31 cm

Number of pages: 20

Summary of Project:

Docklands Field Trip was created as part of a residency at the Food Court in Melbourne’s slightly desolate inner-city Docklands precinct. It is a provisional record of a nature survey of the area which was led myself and undertaken by artists and members of the public. 

Participants collected samples, answered questions about what living things were present in the area, mapped their journeys, scattered birdseed and recorded the results, took themselves ‘off-piste’ to conduct their own investigations, drew pictures and ate trail mix. 

The aim of the project was to re-examine a place that is emphatically human-made (but not popular with the humans themselves) and see what else there is to find.