Philip Down was born and raised on a wheat and sheep farm at Speed in the heart of the Victorian Mallee where he still lives with his family.
Being a farmer whose life and business is dictated by the weather, he has an inherent understanding of the landscape around him, formations of the sky, colours of the seasons and subtle beauty in a somewhat harsh environment. This shapes him and his images.
Rural life and Mallee landscapes are his fascination with the big skies and open spaces of constant appeal.
Living and working while constantly observing, defines Philip’s photography.