Click goes the camera for Buller shots
IT wasn’t the glittering affair that you might have expected for the opening of a refurbished photo shop and there were no whistles, hooters or even fireworks - but a very happy party all the same.
Tony Harrington - “Harro” to all - officially opened his ‘Photo Shop’ at Mt Buller last week with many good friends and locals joining him to celebrate this new venture.
Harro has taken on the former Fun Photos following the legacy of Mark Woodsford and continues to offer a friendly service to guests in the resort seeking to capture memories of their stay.
However, Harro is offering more than just resort photos which visitors can purchase - he has some dramatic large art prints - ready to hang – shot at Buller and during his travels all around the world.
He is also stocking the eclectic shopfront with a range of gallery items including ceramics from Wendy Jagger, local coffee from High Grounds Roasting, bespoke jewellery and mountain-inspired gifts.
His partner Rhylla Morgan, who runs media for the lift company, has even found time to create some small art pieces for the gallery.
Harro has other exploits as well as photography, although his photos hint at his other interests.
He has developed and runs extreme ski and film events like the World Heli Challenge and spends half the year away from the mountains - chasing big waves for his film projects.
He makes films and shoots for magazines around the globe, with over 150 front covers to his credit.
The affable photographer is classically low-key about his exploits and talks about trips into the mountains of Greenland and Alaska or massive 40ft waves off Hawaii like most would recount a casual camping trip with friends.
He had plenty of adventures and survived to tell the tales and share the photos.
Harro will share some of the knowledge he has gathered along the way about safety in the mountains with small groups this year in a new program called Mountain Safe.
The four hour sessions offer an introduction to avalanche awareness and share vital skills for keeping safe in the mountains.
Safety when skiing in the higher and out of the way realms can be more dangerous than just taking to the ordinary slopes and Harro is passionate about teaching all those who like to adventure into the backcountry how to do so with some awareness.
WE’RE HERE: Chris and Kate Bolton were there.
1 1 INTERESTED: Sharon Reeves, Shai Ashkanasy and Sealey Brandt dropped in for a congratulatory drink.
2 2 RESORT MANAGEMENT: Members of the ARMB team Katie Bowker, John Huber, Andrew Railton and Gill Dobson all attended.
3 3 OUT OF THE COLD: Gary Morgan, Nick Reeves and Laurie Blampied stepped in out of the cold for the opening.
4 4 PARTNERS: Rhylla Morgan with partner Tony ‘Harro’ Harrington.