Wife’s love of banksias inspires shutterbug
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.