This image was shot from the centre of a small glade on the top of Mt Gibraltar in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. Known locally as The Basin, this has been a picnic ground for generations of families in the natural amphitheatre near the crest of the hill. Busloads of school children from the local Bowral, Moss Vale and Mittagong schools have traditionally gone here in the weeks prior to Easter holidays for picnics and games. Mt Gibraltar looks over the towns and is around is an hour or so from the Sydney centre. The region is a favourite for many Sydneysiders who enjoy the cooler temperatures and lower humidity during the sticky summers in the city. The recently completed Bradman Museum is a great stop for many cricket mad Bradman fans on a kind of pilgrimage that follows the great cricketers life and career.
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 an elevated camera rig. They are a unique approach to landscape photography.
The image can be purchased as a print posted to you rolled in a tube or framed.