Breathtaking point of view
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.