ABSTRACT

Subtropical Australian light seems to get into everything, to flow more rapidly through spaces and buildings. It bounces, glances, shimmers on and between surfaces. Shapes are sharper. Shadows are deeper, penumbra somehow less diffuse. Movement is heightened – the phrase ‘eye-catching' acquires an especially precise application. In such regions, which tend to be understood and represented primarily through how they make available libidinal engagements between bodies, nature and buildings, light becomes part of what Deleuze and Guattari describe as desiring-production, 1 ‘operating beyond the nature/human distinction’. 2 Light, as a flow that connects, that produces regions of intensity, becomes implicated in the intimacy of flows of desire between people, and between people and place. But the lightness of space, the bigness of the sky, the clarity of the air also encourage habits of distance looking, of vistas, of gazing out towards horizons.