As an aboriginal travels songlines on a walkabout, each contour of land evokes the words he sings. His ancestors designated a specific word for each step he takes. Because there are no words embedded within unfamiliar terrain, the song cannot be sung if he should become separated from the land his ancestors traveled and sang. Such is the connection between land and individual history—one evokes and brings to life the other.
The photographs in Walkabout explore the relationship between the landscape and a traveler. Walkabout melds a journey's physical environment with its psychological function, photographically depicting the inner machinations of a journey.