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I took this shot back in 1998 on a walk that traversed the Western Arthurs in south-west Tasmania. Although I’d been hiking for years this hike redefined what I considered a hard hike to be and what spectacular scenery is, Tassie is just breathtaking. To give you an idea of its severity imagine spending 8 days traversing a ridge line of a mountain range and then taking just one day to traverse back along the plains to regain your start point!

It is also the place where the man who really inspired and defined a lot of my photographic aspirations and inspirations died. Peter Dombrovskis once said, “When you go out there you don’t get away from it all, you get back to it all. You come home to what is important. You come home to yourself”. Leaving his mortal coil in such a place for me seemed like the right thing in a bitter sweet kind of way. This particular shot was also one of the first where I felt that I began to approach that indefinable something that some work possess that just fills you with a sense of reverence, awe and inviolability of place.

Originally scanned with a Nikon scanner, I upgraded this to a drum scan of the same transparency using a Linotype HELL3400 (worth $300,000). The quality difference is breathtaking.

For more Tassie shots check out my Tasmania gallery.

$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Camerashy
    Camerashyalmost 7 years ago

    I like this photo so much it has been addded to my favourites

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 7 years ago

    Beautiful capture, absolutely stunning. I love the narrative too. Its marked and defined you and the words from Peter have been embedded. You obviously listened, felt, embraced and grabbed hold of everything he said. Wonderful inspirational piece. Well done and thanks for sharing those words. They make a difference.

  • Thanks Sal for your kindred sentiments. Peters work for me just went beyond ‘good’ picture taking and kind of oozed an inate holiness of his subjects. You obviously feel this too which is a wonderful thing.

    – Travis Easton

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 7 years ago

    superb image and description of what this place means to you – really special!!

  • ElRobbo
    ElRobboalmost 7 years ago

    I beg your pardon?
    Oh, Lake!
    Stunning landscape, Travis! Well worth the sweat!

  • Classy robbo classy

    – Travis Easton

    AARDVARKalmost 7 years ago

    A nice snap Travis, I particularly like t5he trees in teh forground. I’ve heard that Tasmania is a lot like northern England and this pic is very much like the English Lake District.

  • antonio
    antonioalmost 7 years ago

    Very nice view….good work.

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 7 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous vista. well worth the hike to bring us this wonder. Beautiful vista, great comp, perspective and colour. Perfect. I had a great uncle lived in Tasmania and he used to send me photographs, I always loved the place.

  • helene
    helenealmost 7 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • Steve  Taylor
    Steve Tayloralmost 7 years ago

    I really like comp. Draws you into the shot

  • Erin Lyall
    Erin Lyallalmost 7 years ago

    Stunning photo and landscape.

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