The night watcher, 2015 by Annette Ruzicka

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Artist's statement

Cairns-based Les Francis spends his retirement as a “green nomad” of sorts, volunteering his time for conservation groups in need of extra hands. Here he surveys the insects of the wet tropics in far-north Queensland. He does this alone for hours on end, lugging his gear around the state, going where he is needed – doing his bit to give back to the environment. It's a solitary affair, but the buzzings of the insects in the wet tropics are enough to cut through the choking darkness of the forest.