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:
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.
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 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:
My work will be featured at The Hub in Blackheath from 14 May to 16 June 2016. As well as a bunch of framed works, new and old, my small prints and greeting cards (a new project) will be for sale too. Please see the flyer below.
If you haven’t been to The Hub before, it has a huge variety of quality work by many Blue Mountains’ artists and artisans, including various visual arts, cards, prints, textiles, woodwork, candles, soap, produce, jewellery and more. You can check out The Hub on Facebook here:
I’m having a new exhibition in one room at Braemar Gallery (Springwood) this February-March. The other rooms will be occupied by Eric Newman’s woodwork and a John South video installation, Dreamscape. See the notice below for details.
This show will include a number of works larger than I have exhibited before. I think this adds another dimension (so to speak) to some of the images.
I have been fortunate enough to have two of my entered images short-listed in the 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. I’ve been in the finals twice before with landscape images but these two are in the ‘Botanical ‘ category.
The ANZANG comp is organised by the South Australian Museum and “celebrates the unique natural beauty of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea through the eye of the nature photographer”. See http://www.anzang.samuseum.sa.gov.au/competition/
Competitions don’t really mean very much, but it’s nice to have validation that you’re producing worthwhile images. What I like about this comp is that its all about conservation and nature in the raw. Entries can only be produced from a single image with minimal editing. Observation and camera work are more important than computer imaging skills.
One of the short-listed images was captured during heavy blizzard that hit the Blue Mountains suddenly in October of 2012. “Brittle Gum and snow” features (fittingly) on the July page of the 2015 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar (the new 2016 edition will be available in September).
The other ANZANG finalist is a stark contrast. While walking in a part of the Victorian Alps that has seen several recent bush fires, I saw silvery trunks of dead Alpine Ash trees against a blue-shaded and dead-stick valley. This eucalypt is killed by hot fire and regenerates from seed…which it is doing, vigorously.
These images will now appear in the touring exhibition and in the book published for each annual competition. Prize-winners are announced on 31 July.