Next year’s calendar has landed. After the 2017 edition won a Diemen Award, I’m happy to say that the high quality of printing has been maintained. The cover of the 2018 edition features a dramatic morning scene in the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness, and other images range through The Valley of the Waters (Wentworth Falls), Bindook Highlands, Grose Valley, Wollemi National Park, Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area (Capertee Valley) and the Gardens of Stone Two reserve proposal. I’m particularly pleased with the title page image of a Pacific Black Duck preening on Glenbrook Lagoon.
The calendar can be purchased direct from this website (see Publications) for $35 plus postage, with discounts for 3 or more copies, and from the usual retail outlets in the Blue Mountains.
A variation of The Elements exhibition that appeared at Mount Tomah earlier this year will be showing at Braemar Gallery, Springwood, from 24 August to 17 September 2017. This time more artists are included, with a richer diversity of art:
Adrian Gilbert- Painting
Peter Hadjimichael – Photography
Caitlin Hughes -Mosaic
Simon Reece – Ceramics
Linda Sieffert – Ceramics
Madeline-Chalfont-Yates – Sculpture
Kayo Yokoyama – Sculpture
Ian Brown – Photography
Braemar is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
My upcoming solo exhibition at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (Mount Tomah) will run for seven weeks from 2 September to 22 October 2017. The theme is A tree, a leaf a forest: Wild Gardens of the Blue Mountains, with 30 never-before-exhibited works of grand forests to leaves and lichens, woodlands, heaths, rainforest and swamps. If you ever thought the Australian bush was mundane or monotonous (shame!) I hope this show can correct that perception.
In the spring of 2016 I spent a few days in the valleys of the Allyn and Paterson Rivers, which drain the southern side of the Barrington Tops plateau in central eastern NSW. The purpose was to gather images in support of adding parts of the beautiful Masseys Creek and Chichester State Forests to Barrington Tops National Park. As I hope these photographs show (see Other Places – New South Wales mountains gallery), the area is well worthy of better protection.
Grasstree view to Mount Allyn
Paterson River…wild river
Antarctic Beech, cool temperate rainforest
I am one of six artists exhibiting in The Elements, a Blue Mountains Artists Network themed group show at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah until 26 March 2017. My photographs are in impressive company, with paintings by Shane Smithers and Adrian Gilbert, installations by Regine Wagner, mosaics by Caitlin Hughes and photos by Gary Hayes.
I’m pleased to announce a new website, all about nature in the Greater Blue Mountains, with imagery, writing and other artistic responses to this magnificent environment. Called simply Blue Mountains Nature, it has been developed by Alan Page, a photographer, web developer and keen botanist, and myself , and is now ‘live’ at: bmnature.info
The site is non-commercial and depends on the generous contributions of many local experts and artists. Our plan is to keep growing it with accurate and comprehensive information, links and more art. We hope you will use it, enjoy it, and visit often to learn more about our wonderful region.
Its our Christmas present to the mountains.
2017 is a bumper year for my involvement with the Australian Conservation Foundation / The Wilderness Society Diary, an annual showcase of natural Australia. I’ve been contributing images since 1987 and have only missed selection in 4 editions. For 2017, I’m excited that 7 of my images were chosen to be included, the most ever. The diary can be purchased here:
or here (with a different cover):
Cypress pines in gorge light, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, South Australia
The 2017 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar has won a Diemen Award for Best Calendar. Our printers Mercury Walch submitted the calendar for the Diemens – a new award scheme for the Tasmanian print, digital, design and TV industries. Its nice to get some industry and peer recognition that our printing is top quality – and that presumably the photography and design are up to scratch too!
The 7th edition of the calendar is now available, direct from this website (see Publications page) and from retailers in the Blue Mountains. $35 each, with discounts for purchasing multiple copies.
This year’s calendar features a couple of images from important near-urban bushland reserves managed by Blue Mountains City Council: Deanei Reserve at Springwood and Glenbrook Lagoon – as well as photographs from near and far parts of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
The current Creative Artist yearbook features six pages of my work and my approach to nature photography. In my experience, most editors when offered a selection of images to choose from, pick the unexpected….which is why I never try to second guess them. But in this case the magazine selected several of my favourites!
The magazine (cover above) is available in newsagents from July, and here’s a PDF of the article:
Creative Artist profile Ian Brown