Upcoming Exhibition: Visiting Neighbours

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Exhibition Dates: 22 June – 22 July 2017

Over the last few years I have set up a water bowl in our backyard;  In an effort to get to know our non-human neighbours I setup a trigger camera facing this unnatural spring.

Click here for PDF of flyer
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space presents: a mid-winter event, bringing together three different explorations of water ‘Vessels’, ‘Fluidity’, and ‘Visiting Neighbours’.

Opening event: Wednesday 21 June, 6-8pm

[Facebook event]

Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is Banyule City Council’s first community arts hub. Situated in Ivanhoe, close to public transport,

Gallery Details:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe

Subterranean – Group Exhibition

I’ve found a lovely group of female artists in Melbourne and we have an exhibition at Abbotsford Convent which opens Saturday 5th November. Please drop in to have a look.


Tribe for Art Presents: SUBTERRANEAN.
Subterranean is an exploration into what lies below the surface.
The work has been produced in response to the Tribe for Art program.

OPENING DRINKS: Saturday 5th of November from 1 – 4pm.
Open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
5th November – 20th November | 10 am – 3pm

Good Shepherd Chapel Gallery,
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

Avrille O’Doherty | Claire Needham | Claire Weigall | Caitlin McGrath | Danielle Smelter | Fiona Martin | Helen Williams | Lola Howard | Emily Raubenheimer | Terri Barker


Heritage sale scrutiny

In relation to my photographic series “If Walls Could Talk…” and “For the Fallen; in Memoria”, which document the Royal Derwent Hospital & Willow Court Complex, here is a 10min clip from ABC’s 7:30 report.

Heritage sale scrutiny

“Tasmania’s auditor-general is investigating the sale of New Norfolk’s Royal Derwent Hospital and Willow Court psychiatric institution.”


Blue Tier Reserve Trip

Myrtle forest

Typical old myrtle, with hollow buttress roots. They make great shelter for many animals.

Way back in February I went on another photography trip for the Tas Land Conservancy, this time to the Blue Tier region. On this trip there was no strolling about on alpine plains; this mission involved bashing through unmarked terrain, mostly rainforest, with patches of Hard Water Ferns up to my shoulders (!!!) and tightly packed Tea-Tree – with a tripod!

horse roots

Found this sea-horse looking root system from a fallen tree. You can also see how everything is symbiotic in a rainforest.

This area has some fantastic gnarled myrtle trees and tonnes of lichen, moss and fungi – even in late summer. I saw blob shaped bright red fungus and  bright yellow fungus, which was great as I had some new filters to test out – which I think worked a treat! I also found the remains of some rare snails (cracked open by birds), which I hadn’t seen before.

yellow blob

Yellow fungus on a log.

There were so many great things to photograph in macro, I had a great time. I also came across a giant Potato Orchid; I had turned around to find what I thought was a tree sapling but then realized it was a flower – the  stem was over a meter high! I’d never seen this before and was quite stunned.

Potato Orchids have very tall stems, quite unusual.

The next day we trekked along the Moon Valley Rim circuit to Mt Poimena, which is a great lookout spot with almost 360° views and you can see for miles! If you’re ever in the area this should be on your list of things to do and see. Heaps of Native Pepper and red berry bushes around.

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Native Pepper Berry.

I also found an unusually tall opening of a yabby hole. The one on the left is more common.


Yabby holes.

I really love these trips. I get to hang out with other landscape photographers, take my time photographing and go to amazing places – some of which are not yet open to the public.

Circa Nocturna

In March I flew over to Melbourne to photograph the alternative fashion show Circa Nocturna. There were some fantastic designers and models. It was literally a whirlwind trip thanks to the intense storm over Melbourne; Not being able to land due to lightning and Tullamarine Airport shutting down, then finding traffic jams in the city, the train service shut down, enormous hailstones and a tonne of water in the streets!  It ended up taking me about 5 hours to get to the venue from leaving Hobart airport!! I was a bit washed-out before night had begun, but everything worked out fine and I had a great time. I tried out my new camera and flash too 😀

My photos are here and some got published in this article on stylemelbourne.com

Trip to the Vale of Belvoir

Several months ago, I joined the Nature Photographers Tasmania on a trip to the the Vale of Belvoir conservation area (above Cradle Mt).

I had such a fantastic time on the trip, 4 hour drive each way… (On the way up we stopped off at the Devil’s Gullet which gives an amazing 180 degree view looking towards Cradle Mountain and Walls of Jerusalem).  We stayed in the Cradle Mt national park and drove out to the vale everyday to shoot. From our hut we could look out over the valley with a view of Cradle Mt – even though it was mostly covered in cloud. The Vale consist of button-grass plains with a river, a lake, several ponds and myrtle trees. The whole place is covered in wombat burrows and limestone karst and sink holes.

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy has since published a short article about our trip (and one of my photos) in their newsletter. Some of my pictures can be seen here on my facebook page.