Natural Visions: The Camera and Conservation in Tasmania is the latest exhibition at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery to capture the state’s beauty.
The exhibit focuses on the development of the Tasmanian conservation movement and how the art of photography shaped campaigns that focused on the protection of the planet and its natural beauty.
The work shown is largely sourced from the QVMAG collection and includes original prints, negatives, lantern slides, copy-negatives and images from Archives Tasmania or photographers and their family.
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Museum senior public history curator Jon Addison said the exhibition highlighted the Tasmanian landscape and looked at the importance of camera in the conservation movement.
“The reason we are focusing on photography for this is that we are looking at the way photography makes these areas accessible, allows them to speak to people, and gives rise to the idea of a mass movement,” he said.
City of Launceston creative arts and cultural services general manager Tracy Puklowski said the latest exhibit invites people to explore the amazing angles of Tasmania.
“Natural Visions: The Camera and Conservation in Tasmania allows you to take a photography trek across Tasmania, and to experience our state from new and incredible angles,” she said.
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The exhibit also sheds a light on the photographers tales. One such story is about pilot-photographer Jim England and his photograph of the Hanging Lake, near Federation Peak in Tasmania’s Eastern Arthur Range.
In 1972, Jim England flew his aircraft into the sky to explore the jagged mountain range. While he was up there he took an amazing photo that captured the Hanging Lake, while simultaneously still flying the plane he was in.
However, in the following weeks, Mr England went back to the same spot with another photographer who he set up the same shot with.
Unfortunately the photographer took the shot and printed the photo, winning a competition with it before Mr England had the chance to release the work himself.
A reproduced version of Jim’s work now sits in a feature sized frame in the exhibit and can finally get the recognition is deserves.