Inside Tracks®: Behind the Lens on the Assignment of a Lifetime told the extraordinary story of Rick Smolan, an American photographer assigned by National Geographic in 1977 to document Robyn Davidson, a 27-year-old Australian woman who undertook a 9-month, 1700-mile journey through the desolate Outback.
Davidson and Smolan’s story evolved beyond the May 1978 National Geographic article as Tracks®, a best-selling memoir by Davidson; From Alice to Ocean, a groundbreaking book/CD-ROM project by Smolan; and the feature film Tracks® starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver.
Weaving together elements from all of these projects, the exhibit Inside Tracks® illustrated the lifelong impact of this assignment for Smolan. An original short documentary film, a high-definition slideshow of photographs, an audio tour narrated by Smolan and an augmented reality presentation allowed visitors to experience the journey through Smolan’s lens. This rare vantage point served to immerse viewers in an ancient landscape swept by rain, heat and dust and inhabited by all varieties of marauding life, from poisonous snakes and wild bull camels to swarms of clamoring tourists.
Note: The film screens will be turned off by 4pm and the retail gallery will be closed at 5pm prior to Iris Nights Lectures.