Exhibition: Relicts – exploring the flora of Gondwana by Mark Darragh

Exhibition: Relicts – exploring the flora of Gondwana by Mark Darragh

Melbourne based large format photographer Mark Darragh presents a solo exhibition of landscape photography.

Relicts is a photographic journey through time and space. The exhibition focuses on the endemic flora of Tasmania and explores the ecological relationships Tasmania shares with the Australian mainland, New Zealand and South America. Many of the species and plant communities photographed can be described as relicts, remnants of much larger populations which can be traced back through geological time to the planet communities which once dominated the ancient super continent of Gondwana.

The images span a period of 18 years, from 2001 to 2019 and landscapes from Tasmania, Victoria, New Zealand and Chilean Patagonia. 

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. Tasmania 18 March – 15 November 2020

Detail of Nothofagus gunnii, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
Old growth Snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora), Cobberas Wilderness Area, Alpine National Park, Victoria
Red Beech, Fiodland National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Mark Darragh explains the making of the Red Beech photograph in an article we published in The Photograph Considered series, can be seen here.

Main photograph above: Richea pandanifolia growing amongst mixed alpine and rainforest species, South West National Park, Tasmania

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Mark Darragh is a Melbourne based photographer who specialises in photographs of Tasmania using large format film and digital cameras.

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  1. David Tatnall at 3:59 am

    Mark’s large format wilderness photographs are superb, often made in extreme conditions and in the most remote places on the planet. His photographs are right up there with Peter Dombrovskis and Chris Bell. This exhibition is a must see for all photographers and lovers of wilderness.

  2. Mark Darragh at 5:11 am

    Thank you for your kinds thoughts, David.

    The Wildness Gallery recently reopened and my exhibition is now scheduled to run until the 15th of November 2020.

    Showing concurrently with my exhibition is a 5 year retrospective of “Tarkine in Motion”, a collaborative art project focusing on the Tarkine, a diverse but largely unprotected area of North-West Tasmania.

    The Wilderness Gallery also has the largest permanent display of Peter Dombrovskis’ remarkable large format photographs.

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