Journeys into the Wild - National Library of Australia Exhibition

Iconic Australian photographers Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas were largely responsible for changing public opinion and ultimately preventing the damming of the Franklin below Gordon river in South West Tasmania.  Communicating with the public via their remarkable imagery, they showed Australia and the world the natural unspoilt beauty of Tasmania, which galvanised public opinion against this project. Trachanas died in 1972 and his pioneering work was continued by the arguably better known Peter Dombrovskis.

It can be said that one of the purposes of photography is to change to world and the photography of these two men did just that in no uncertain terms.  

Commencing on September 21st 2017 and running until the 30th January 2018 at the National Library of Australia, is an exhibition of 70 of the best works of Peter Dombrovskis.  Peter died in 1996 and his images are now held by the National Library. 

These images, originally captured on large format transparency film, have been digitally remastered by Dr Les Walkling and I have been fortunate to have seen a preview of some of these remarkable images.  The originals were all degraded with mould, under exposure and scratches, but fortunately for all Australians, Les Walkling is not only a master image maker, he has a long love affair with the work of Peter Dombrovskis and has lovingly restored the images and created the prints for the exhibition.

I highly recommend this exhibition to anyone who appreciates fine art photography and who has an interest in the environment.  Below is an image made in South Western Tasmania that in a small way pays tribute to the pioneering environmental work of these remarkable photographers.   

There is a short YouTube video of Les' discussion about his approach to the prints that can be found  HERE. 

There is also a short promotional video of the exhibition HERE. 

Bull Kelp, South West Tasmania (c) Michael Smyth 2017

Bull Kelp, South West Tasmania (c) Michael Smyth 2017