By Loic Le Guilly
Please join us for the opening of the exhibition “Love The Tarkine” at the Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart on Thursday 06 March at 6pm.
The show itself runs until the 16th March.
This is a group showing of over 50 established and up and coming Tasmanian artists whose work celebrates the special qualities of the Tarkine. The exhibition is an opportunity to open hearts and minds to the spectacular beauty and natural values of the Tarkine as seen through the eyes of the contributing artists.
Guest Speakers at the opening are:
– Janet Laurence, 2013 Glover Prize winner;
– Bob Brown, environmentalist;
– Ruth Langford, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre;
– Rob Blakers, wilderness photographer.
There will be light refreshments and music during the evening.
Please share this invitation and we look forward to seeing you there!
By Loic Le Guilly
Chris Bell is one of the most revered wilderness photographers in Tasmania.
He has just published a new book called The Tarkine.
Chris agreed to answer some of my questions about the book (read below).
What was the motivation to produce this book ?
It had been 18 years since I first visited the Tarkine coast and I had forgotten how wonderful it really was. My vision had also changed and I now saw things I had ‘missed’ before. I was struck by how varied the coast was, how charming the components were – but also how ephemeral much of this beauty was. A day later and some of the things I was admiring had disappeared. I have never seen so many potential subjects in a remote location before and was determined to do all I could to ensure that this wonderful place wasn’t ruined by inappropriate land uses. The book project had begun!
How long did it take you to capture all the images ?
I worked on this project for about 3 years ( off and on ) yet even though I think I have captured the essence of the Tarkine, most of what I saw remains ‘un-captured’. There are many things working against the photographer here – high winds, rain etc which make photography difficult, but mostly it is the ephemeral nature of much of this place that makes photography difficult; a wonderful subject one day may have vanished a day later.
Could you tell us about a special moment while you were there ?
There are always special moments when working on a project such as this but possibly the one that charmed me the most was when I was walking back along the coast near the Interview River and suddenly realised I was accompanied by a Tasmanian Devil which was trotting along several metres in front of me; it was not concerned with my presence and I walked the last half kilometre or so before we parted company and it trotted off among the sand dunes. These are the memories that last and that I want to recall later when I will need it most.
You can view sample images and purchase the book online from Chris Bell’s website.