Five Photographers in the Wild
The vast and diverse landscapes of Australasia serve as boundless canvases for photographers, inspiring them to capture the natural world in all its raw beauty. So let’s delve into the myriad ways in which artists from these regions are pushing the boundaries of photography, as showcased in our upcoming edition of The Other Art Fair Sydney.
Above: Damian Seagar, Castle Hill Mountains
Damian Seagar, a maestro of landscape film photography, invites viewers to embrace the unhurried pace of nature. Eschewing digital manipulation, Seagar preserves moments as they unfold, offering expansive glimpses into open landscapes that resonate with an unadulterated authenticity.
Above: Stu Murphy, Pushed
Shifting perspectives, Stu Murphy takes to the skies, employing aerial photography to reveal nature’s intricate tapestry from above. With a keen eye for shapes and patterns, Murphy’s work is driven by a profound passion for the well-being of wetlands, imparting a poignant reminder of the fragile ecosystems we must protect.
Above: Angela Robertson-Buchanan, Habitat I
Similarly impassioned by conservation, Angela Robertson-Buchanan employs in-camera double exposures to forge a poignant connection between avian life and their habitats. Her evocative imagery serves as a stark reminder that these picturesque landscapes are vital homes to countless other beings, compelling us to confront the urgent realities of climate change.
Above: Kim Mason, Dahlia Dance
Kim Mason‘s lens zeroes in on the minutiae of the natural world, encouraging introspection on our place within the grand scheme. By magnifying elements like bees and individual blooms, Mason highlights their indispensable roles in the broader ecosystem. Her choice to print on handmade paper evokes a tactile connection with nature, celebrating imperfections as integral aspects of the organic whole.
Above: Paula Petherick, Dahlias and Gilt
In stark contrast but with similar flower-choices, Paula Petherick masterfully constructs elaborate scenes, weaving together natural elements like flora and fruit into intricate tableaus that harbor enigmatic narratives. The human presence remains unseen yet profoundly implied, leaving viewers to unearth the complexities concealed within these meticulously composed frames.
In an age where cameras are ubiquitous, the power of a photograph lies not in the device, but in the unique perspective of the photographer. By slowing down and immersing ourselves in these images, we unlock a world of stories waiting to be discovered. Celebrating local artists, like those featured at our fair, reminds us of their invaluable contributions to the art world and their ability to hold a mirror up to our world, urging us to look with fresh eyes and boundless curiosity.