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Archival UltraChrome™ pigment inkjet print on metallic paper laminated to a composite aluminium panel with gloss finish, signed by the artist

DESCRIPTION

NOTE: Please click on the main image to see it full screen and also to access supporting images of the artwork by clicking the < and > icons. You can see an artistic video that features this and other images—inspired by a wildfire-ravaged landscape—by clicking the black rectangle protruding below the main image.
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STORY OF THE ARTWORK
In February 2017, an intense bushfire razed parts of the Pappinbarra locality in the Hastings River valley near Port Macquarie.
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A month after the fire, I visited Pappinbarra with a photography friend on a soft grey day while light rain was falling. It was a surreal landscape—blackened ironbark forest with scorched orange leaves on the ground and hanging from the trees. Water trickled down and through the heavily-furrowed bark of the eucalypts. Some of the trees exuded white foam. Was this part of the trees' healing process?
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Among the trees, a small group of Eastern Yellow Robins (Eopsaltria australis) fluttered and foraged on the tree trunks and the ash-blackened ground.
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I saw the colourful native birds as metaphors for optimism and recovery—the resilience of Nature. This image was the best I obtained that day. I love how the out-of-focus, scorched, orange eucalypt leaves in the background evoke the idea of the wildfire that raged there a month before. Eastern Yellow Robins are confiding birds. Sit still in their habitat and they're likely to come closer to check you out.
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IMAGE TECHNICAL DETAILS
1/90th @ f4 & 600mm ISO 1600 + monopod ®
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DESCRIPTION OF THIS ARTWORK
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The image was printed by a third party with archival Ultrachrome™ pigment inks on metallic paper and then laminated to a composite aluminium panel and sealed with a gloss lacquer. I hand-signed the print with a silver metallic gel pen before it was mounted and sealed.
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The result is a ready-to-hang, serviceable artwork with a contemporary presentation. When hung on a wall, it casts a drop shadow thanks to it being offset from the wall by a concealed timber brace. The artwork is 54x40cm.
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The image has sold twice outside bluethumb.com.au: Masterpiece Gallery, Port Macquarie, and privately.
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DISCLOSURE
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The price of this artwork reflects the fact that it is, effectively, a personalised open edition. I don't believe in the idea of 'limited edition' photographic prints because I feel that it is pretentious to do so when one is not a famous photographer. Neither did some of photography's greatest masters produce limited editions (e.g. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston). I prefer my work to be affordable and enjoyed by purchasers for what it is, a personally crafted and hand-embellished piece of art. I don't believe that inflating the price by the contrivance of a limited edition serves my art.

TAGS

landscapes, photography, dark, birds, Australian, bushfires, fires, black, yellow, optimism, recovery, resilience