Breath­tak­ing point of view

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - War­ren Brewer

MUL­TI­PLE award- win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Owen Hughes has pro­duced two mag­nif­i­cent hard­backed pho­to­graphic pub­li­ca­tions, ap­par­ently to meet two dif­fer­ent client de­mands.

The smaller ( 16cm x 20cm) book is more com­pre­hen­sive and cap­tures the essence of The Beauty of South­ern Tas­ma­nia us­ing mostly stun­ning aerial im­ages.

Who could doubt the omnipresence of the ocean on our life­style?

Whereas the large cof­fee ta­ble- type pub­li­ca­tion fo­cuses on what is fast be­com­ing the jewel in the crown of our tourist in­dus­try, The East Coast of Tas­ma­nia.

The por­trayal is stun­ning.

Given the plethora of books on this topic I ap­proached the re­view with a de­gree of ca­su­al­ness.

A “touristy” pho­to­graph is just a pho­to­graph, right? How wrong could I be?

Owen Hughes’s work of art, skil­fully com­ple­mented by Stuart Perry’s text, are beau­ti­ful and some­times breath­tak­ing. The fresh in­ven­tive­ness of his com­po­si­tions, the mag­nif­i­cent ex­ploita­tion of light, the tech­ni­cal pre­ci­sion of fram­ing and the clever choice of lo­ca­tion com­bine to make an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion that will en­dure. Hughes’s pa­tience must be in­ter­minable. I sus­pect, how­ever, that Owen Hughes has a spe­cial place in his soul for Coles Bay. There is an aerial photo of Wine­glass Bay that – de­spite its fa­mil­iar­ity – is shown here in all its amaz­ing beauty. Fr­eycinet Penin­sula is in­deed an iconic site in the Tas­ma­nian land­scape.

There is no du­pli­ca­tion of im­ages in the two pub­li­ca­tions. The smaller back­packer size is pre­dictably more peo­ple- in­clu­sive and ur­ban-ori­en­tated.

It fea­tures some su­perb im­ages of Ho­bart and Sala­manca Place taken from un­usual per­spec­tives.

To­gether the books pro­vide an ex­cel­lent cov­er­age of South­ern Tas­ma­nia and would make an im­pres­sive ad­di­tion to any col­lec­tion.

Tourists, in par­tic­u­lar, will find the con­tents ir­re­sistible.

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