Entwined histories: photography and tourism at the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2009) Entwined histories: photography and tourism at the Great Barrier Reef. In: The framed world: tourism, tourists and photography. New directions in tourism analysis. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, Surrey. United Kingdom, pp. 185-197. ISBN 978-0-7546-7368-2

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Abstract

Reef images have developed through a number of technological advances, and Reef and photographic histories are intertwined. The history of tourism on the Great Barrier Reef is documented in a vast array of images including many photographs. A content and semiotic analysis of these images, together with other archival sources has been used to identify change in visitor experiences of the Reef over time (Pocock 2002a). This analysis suggests that the physical environments that surround tourist facilities of Reef islands have been transformed to meet the imaginary Pacific ideal realised in many resorts today. This transformation is fuelled not only by the tourism industry, but through the collective historical imagination of colonial Australians. Beyond the islands, visitor experiences of the Reef are strongly influenced by the visual imagery of aerial photography and underwater cameras. This chapter explores a history of these photographic images.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 31 May 2013 03:51
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 02:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: photography; tourism; Great Barrier Reef; mapping; aerial; history; imagination
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22341

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