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Big Sky


Big Sky


To the south of Sydney, about 2 hours drive, is an incredibly diverse landscape known as the Southern Highlands. It is a mix of bucolic farms in an English tradition, bushlands and winding rivers. This image was shot from the crest of a hill just outside the town of Bowral and past the faous Bong Bong racecourse. I had been looking for a location that would allow me a wide unencumbered 360degree view of the sky. This hill is part of a local farm and I popped in and asked the bemused owner if I could access the top to shoot an image. With their blessing a went up several times before shooting this image. It is quite a climb wit the camera gear!
This image is part of a series that that I have been working towards for several years.

During my Masters degree I was reading works by environmental author David Suzuki. He has ideas about small communities that resonated with me.
I was trying to find a way to illustrate these ideas of working, living, growing food and learning within a small geographical area. In a way it is a positive insularity.
After much trial and error I combined several existing techniques to create an original photographic approach that captures in amazing detail and clarity a panorama into a circular image. I call these images CircPan (circular panorama).

The images have the look of an aerial photograph, in this case shot from a boat in the Harbour. They are a unique approach to landscape photography.

The image is printed on archival paper with pigment inks, embossed with my seal and posted rolled in a tube.

There are several framing options, a classic black or white timber frame, or a simple pale natural timber.

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