Mt Buller captured in striking exhibition
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.harroart.com 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.