Wet plate collodion , cyanotype and Vandyke brown photographs. ‘From…
Nick Monk, Tristan Stuart and Luke O’Brien
Nick was born in Tasmania, and in his teenage years was introduced to bushwalking through Outdoor Education at high school. It was here he began to develop a deep passion for the Tasmanian Landscape. Wanting to capture some of the beauty he was experiencing while walking Tasmania’s parks and reserves, Nick took up photography in his early 20’s and has not looked back since. Nick’s images have been published in numerous books and articles, and he regularly contributes his images to environmental causes and projects. He particularly enjoys spending time alone in Tasmania’s magnificent forests, something he wishes he had more time to do.
Tristan Stuart’s work explores the relationship between Modern People and Earth. He has a special focus on [re]emerging perspectives on Nature Consciousness, and nature/culture conflicts in Contemporary Society. He employs photographic narrative, ethnographic investigation, essays, and inductive philosophy in his approach to photography. He predominantly works with high resolution digital cameras and analogue photographic mediums in Sony Voigtlander and Leica systems.
He lives in Tasmania and Far North Queensland, and spends his time walking the rugged mountain ranges and wide spanning button grass plains of Tasmania; coupled with the vibrant coral reefs and tropical rainforests of Queensland.
Luke believes a good photograph can move the viewer not only to see what it is that the photographer sees, but also to encourage and inspire the viewer to see these scenes for themselves.
The digital age has succeeded in making photography a much more accessible pursuit, but it has not changed the spirit of landscape and wilderness photography, which ultimately requires the photographer to invest their time and physical exertion in order to accomplish meaningful photographic works. Luke’s intent is to share an appreciation of the colour, movement and drama which pulsates throughout the world, freely visible to any and all who may choose to seek it out. He hopes that his work can inspire motivation for conserving, appreciating and understanding the natural world. The more time he spends in Tasmania’s wild and natural places the more grateful he is to live in such a place and to make a living from something he loves.
Wild Island Gallery. Hobart until 30 September 2022
Main photograph above: Freycinet National Park. Injet print. Tristan Stuart
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