I rediscovered photography in 2007 when I visited Peter Lik’s gallery in Noosa, Australia. Lik’s unique ability to capture the incredible beauty of the world’s landscapes has inspired in me my own chase for the perfect light, the perfect composition, the perfect landscape. But the joy for me is not just in the capture, as rewarding as that is, but often more so in the journey and in the chase itself…..that is, ‘chasing the landscape’.
With Canon in hand, since that epiphany in 2007, I’ve taken the time to explore so much more of my home state. Victoria, than I ever had before. I’ve taken the time to explore the wonderful temparate rainforests of the Yarra Valley, Tarra Bulga and the Baw Baw National Parks. I’ve taken the time to explore and capture the timeless beauty of the Otway Ranges and its magnificant waterfalls. I’ve taken the time to explore the amazing Shipwreck Coast and the Great Ocean Road. I’ve explored Phillip Island and captured the incredible Pinnacles. I’ve ventured into the Alpine National Park to take in Bryce’s Gorge, Piemans Falls, Craig’s Hut and a little further afield, Mt Feathertop. Including the incomparable Wilson’s Prom, the grandeur of The Grampians, the natural beauty of the Mornington Peninsula, and my own beaches around Black Rock on Port Phillip Bay, and I have experienced much of the diversity that Victoria has to offer.
Beyond Victoria, that chase has now taken me to the wonderful Red Centre, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the wonderful gorges of the West and East Mcdonnell Ranges. The chase has taken me to Tasmania and the startlingly beautiful Cradle Mountain, Mt. Field and Bay Of Fires National parks. Further, I’ve chased the landscape to the majestic Blue Mountains west of Sydney and to Noosa and the Noosa National Park. Where else will the chase take me?
On many occasions these have been journeys alone, uninhibited, unencumbered. Just me and the natural wonders. Often these have been journeys that have started in the rediculous hours of the early morning in order to chase the perfect landscape in it’s perfect dawn light. I can’t describe, but many of you will understand, the experience one enjoys to be alone in nature, alone with a new, soft, still dawn breaking over a vast landscape, a landscape that is slowly revealing itself in that warm new day glow.
Many times, also, these journeys have been shared with fellow enthusiasts, wonderfully shared experiences scrambling over cliffs, wading through streams, stumbling on dark trails, wet, cold, miserable but all the while forging stronger friendships through shared experiences.
I love the result. I love the capture of something magical, beautiful, unique. But above all, I love the chase, I love chasing the landscape!
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These are some of my favourite images :-
Craigs Hut, Mt.Stirling, Victoria
Hopetoun Falls, Great Otway National Park, Victoria
‘The Dell’, Clifton Springs, Victoria
Island Arch, Port Campbell National Park, Victoria
Gunbower Creek, Cohuna, Victoria
Uluru, Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania
Ormiston Gorge, West McDonnell National Park, Northern Territory
Bay Of Fires, Tasmania