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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
When the Greater Blue Mountains Area was being nominated for World Heritage, geodiversity, cultural values and aesthetic beauty were all considered, along with biodiversity. The area was nominated for the lot, except geodiversity, because geological understanding was considered inadequate, at that stage, to support a successful case.
The area was ultimately accepted for World Heritage in 2000, on biodiversity grounds alone. It was early days for the ‘cultural landscape’ argument, which was poorly understood by the assessors, and maybe the Blue Mountains just wasn’t proven to be beautiful ‘enough’ to get over that particular line (I’m doing my best to try and fix that one).
A lot has happened over the past 15 years. Knowledge has advanced in many areas and community views have also progressed. So it was that the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee (community representatives who advise on management) decided to prepare and publish a group of papers arguing that the Blue Mountains deserves World Heritage on a number of additional grounds.
I was privileged to be asked to supply images for the publication (see two below). The booklet also argues for extra areas to be added to the World Heritage Area, including the magnificent Gardens of Stone Stage Two.
Values for A New Generation (see cover below) is an essential reference for anyone interested in the Blue Mountains. It can be downloaded as a free PDF here: