The photo pairs shown on this page are from a survey
assembled by historian Darrell Lewis and described in his
publication Slower than the Eye Can See (2002). The
survey came from Darrell's historical research on the VRD in 1980
when he was using photos from various archives. He noticed that
many of the old images of present day locations looked somehow
different, so he visited a few of the exact spots where the
original photographs were taken from and re-took the photos.
These visits confirmed his suspicions that what had changed was the
tree cover, which seemed to have increased in density.
Darrell and other researchers like Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith of
the Bush Fires Council of the NT realised that if widespread, such
a trend would have implications for land management. The TS-CRC
funded Darrell to conduct a more thorough comparison. He now has
collected more than 100 of these photo pairs taken at various
places across the Victoria River District and a selection of these
photo pairs can be viewed below. The earliest date from the late
An number of different trends are apparent in these
Arranged in chronological order.
Vegetation change in northern Australia
Slower the eye can see The Tropical Savannas CRC has published a photo history of environmental change in the Northern Territory's Victoria River District Historian Darrell Lewis looks at the district from the time of European… [read more...