Wife’s love of banksias in­spires shut­ter­bug

Midwest Times - - THE EDGE - Tamra Carr

Vet­eran pho­tog­ra­pher John E. Maloney has show­cased at more than 20 ex­hi­bi­tions world­wide and is now re­turn­ing to the WA art scene with his lat­est project Botan­ica, which cap­tures the beauty of the banksia.

The 80-year-old pho­tog­ra­pher said his de­ci­sion to show­case one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic plants stemmed from his wife of more than 21 years, Fran Maloney, who loved the banksia wild­flower.

“My wife just asked me one day, she said, ‘hey John, why don’t you take some pho­tos of the banksias?’,” he said.

“So I did and we wanted to do it dif­fer­ently from how botan­i­cal artists paint flow­ers.

“So we did macro pho­to­graphs, which are very close-up pho­tos.”

The tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion is an Art on the Move project, with a rich col­lec­tion of 16 species of banksia, dis­played across 22 square can­vases.

Maloney’s in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy started when he was 13 and per­sisted through a range of in­ter­ests and jobs, in­clud­ing work­ing for Curtin Univer­sity and Monash Univer­sity.

Fu­ture projects for Maloney will in­volve a fo­cus on land­scapes, with the pho­tog­ra­pher promis­ing to stick with botan­i­cal art.

The Botan­ica ex­hi­bi­tion will launch this Satur­day at 3.30pm at Gree­nough Pi­o­neer Mu­seum and Gar­dens and will run un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29.

Botan­ica is on un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

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