A Tassie vote needed
Since our launch nearly three years ago, Stuart Gibson’s stunning surf portolios have been among the most viewed features on Leatherwood Online. The young photographer’s dedication to his vocation is now beginning to pay off, and he can do with a little help.
Tasmanian photographer’s national award
The stunning image below, taken at Port Davey, comes from a portfolio of four Tasmanian landscape photographs that have earned a prestigious national award for Hobart photographer Geoffrey Lea.
Pam Verwey: My Tasmania
Hobart-based Pam Verwey first became passionate about photography on a trip around Australia in 1984 and, in 1986 moved to Tasmania, continuing her work as a medical scientist, but determined to combine her desire to study fine art with her interest in photography. Enjoy the results here
Art meets science
Art met science when visual artist Peter E Churak was awarded a Synapse Art and Science Residency at CSIRO Marine Research in Hobart. From many hours of underwater video and hundreds of stills, Churak created a sensational short film — Aqualux II. See the results here.
Not far from here
Hobart-based painter, Richard Wastell, thanks to a commission from the Devonport Regional Gallery, has produced an sell-out exhibition of paintings that capture the essence of the Tasmanian wilderness, its extraordinary beauty and also its vulnerability and the desecration wrought upon it by man. Read more here
Rob Blakers spent many years capturing the images featured in this special portfolio from his latest book Freycinet. See more here
RURAL INSPIRATION | Photographer Maria Fletcher says her creative inspiration comes from looking out daily “at a rural landscape which has been shaped over the past 150 years by a small number of farming families. Alongside the cleared paddocks and tree lined boundaries, the land still retains a sense of its ancient human history”. Enjoy her portfolio here.
Portfolio: Sheila Smart
In her own words:
My husband and I have lived in Australia since 1974 but it was not until 2004 that we decided to visit the only State we had yet to see — Tasmania.
It was long overdue and was very much an eyeopener for both of us.
We were immediately struck by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the wonderful people.
Enjoy Sheila’s portfolio here
Tasmanian DVD journey
Huon Valley couple Mike Sampey and Ros Barnett, are the creative force behind this evocative visual and musical journey celebrating Tasmania’s unique scenery, people and spirit.
They took their cameras underwater, into the skies, and along road, rail and wild rivers to capture the essence of our island state.
Their Tasmanian Journey DVD covers Tasmania’s eclectic scenerey, from rustic rural, to urban byways, to inaccessible wilderness … more here
Don Stephens portfolio
Outstanding Hobart-based photographer Don Stephens started his career on The Mercury in 1953 as the temporary replacement for an employee sent to London for nine months. Nine months ended up being 38 years.
His interest in photography began when his father bought his schoolboy son a Box Brownie, and later the plastic Baby Brownie. Don would walk around the streets of Hobart snapping away enthusiastically. More here.
Rob Blakers portfolio
In his own words:
The further west that one travels in Tasmania the wilder it becomes. There is, in the tangled forests, wild rocky coastlines, tumultuous rivers, wild coastlines and untracked ranges an ever-present sense of rawness and untamedness. Being open to the full force of the Roaring Forties, rain and storm prevail.
From Cape Grim in the far north, to rugged Southwest Cape, Australia’s wildest seas crash upon a coastline which is largely devoid of human habitation. Eight to ten metre swells are not uncommon. Wild weather shapes the landscape.
View Rob’s amazing portfolio here
Hobart photographer Steve Lovegrove says he has always been interested in “found” objects, and photographing everyday scenes and places that people don’t ordinarily notice — especially trying to find the beauty in subjects that might normally be considered ugly in the conventional sense.
This, he says, “is achieved by looking for a detail or angle, or by choosing a film that will isolate or enhance what’s already there. In many cases there is no technique required, just the eye to see”.
Enjoy the results here.
ABC TV tunes in
Geoff Murray’s fabulous wilderness portfolio — featured here in our launch issue — has made a big impression. The ABC is featuring Geoff in George Negus Tonight at 6.30pm on April 28. The video editor emailed Geoff with this deserved compliment: "I have to say that they are stunningly beautiful images … and I see 25 images a second, 40 hours a week …"
A Time to Eat
Paul County’s award-winning photographs of Tasmania’s flamboyant restaurateurs, waiters, and bon vivants makes for fascinating viewing in this portfolio. Find out more here.
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