Mt Buller cap­tured in strik­ing ex­hi­bi­tion

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THE drama of clouds lift­ing through the val­ley, ice-baked chair­lifts twin­kling in the morn­ing light, the spray of fresh snow as a skier makes a per­fect turn; it is th­ese brief and breath­tak­ing mo­ments in the moun­tains that we try to cap­ture and hold in our minds.

Tony Har­ring­ton (Harro) has spent most of his life do­ing just that, us­ing a cam­era, and will share a spe­cial col­lec­tion of th­ese mo­ments in an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled “Buller & Be­yond” show­ing at Mt Buller’s Alpine Cen­tral com­menc­ing Au­gust 12.

The ex­hi­bi­tion pays homage to Mt Buller and lo­cals will revel in a di­verse col­lec­tion of large scale pho­to­graphic prints show­ing the moun­tain in her many moods and from some unique an­gles.

“The moun­tain is al­ways chang­ing and there are al­ways new ways to see it,” ex­plains Harro.

“I think that’s what we all love about this place.

“In dif­fer­ent light, at a dif­fer­ent time of day or from a dif­fer­ent view­point Mt Buller can of­ten sur­prise us.

“I hope there is a lit­tle some­thing in this ex­hi­bi­tion for ev­ery­one.”

Harro has been trav­el­ling the world cre­at­ing in­spir­ing pho­to­graphs for decades with a fo­cus on big moun­tain ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy and big wave surf photos.

His work is well-known, grac­ing hun­dreds of mag­a­zine cov­ers and ar­ti­cles.

Last year he de­cided to spend more time at Mt Buller es­tab­lish­ing The Photo Shop and for the first time is open­ing up his vast pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion for sale as fine-art qual­ity prints.

“For most of my life I have been on the road chas­ing down storms and shoot­ing for mag­a­zines so it’s a new chap­ter to have time to fi­nally share im­ages with peo­ple who can buy one for their wall for the first time,” he said.

As the ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tle im­plies, the fo­cus is on Mt Buller how­ever with Harro’s deep love for the ocean and gypsy life­style he couldn’t cu­rate a col­lec­tion without in­clud­ing high­lights from surf des­ti­na­tions and other moun­tains.

“I am con­tin­u­ally pulled be­tween the ocean and the moun­tains and drawn around the world by storms,” he said.

“I hung a few surf im­ages in my shop last win­ter along with a hand­ful of my favourite im­ages from Cha­monix, Jack­son Hole and Alaska and re­alised how many peo­ple con­nected with those photos, so I had to weave a few in to this ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I’m al­ways be­ing asked ‘where are you go­ing next’ or ‘where have you been’ and there are some photos in this col­lec­tion that will help an­swer those ques­tions.”

The pho­to­graphs in the col­lec­tion will be mainly large size prints pro­duced as acrylic face­mounts – a high-qual­ity and strik­ing style that al­lows the prints to glow and ap­pear to float off the wall.

Buller & Be­yond will be on dis­play at Alpine Cen­tral Mt Buller from Au­gust 12-27.

En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion is free and all im­ages are avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.har­ or drop it to visit Tony in The Photo Shop and Rip Curl store in the vil­lage at Mt Buller.

BACK COUN­TRY: Tony Har­ring­ton cap­tured this early morn­ing skier on the back slopes of Mt Buller last sea­son – just a sam­ple of what ‘Harro’ will ex­hibit at the Alpine Cen­tral dur­ing his solo ex­hi­bi­tion this month.

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