The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX LUT­TRELL

THE beauty and ro­mance of the River Der­went has cap­tured hearts for gen­er­a­tions.

And now two Tas­ma­nian artists have ex­plored the es­tu­ary’s unique en­vi­ron­ment for a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the

Tas­ma­nian Mu­seum and Art Gallery.

The Der­went ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures two videos and about 30,000 pho­to­graphs by artists David Stephen­son and Mar­tin Walch, and his­toric panora­mas and pho­to­graphic works from TMAG’s col­lec­tion.

It also in­cludes time-lapse pho­to­graphs of the river’s use and en­vi­ron­men­tal changes.

The pair col­lab­o­rated over five years, ex­per­i­ment­ing with equip­ment and tech­niques.

Twelve cam­eras cap­tured more than two mil­lion pho­tos in two years, which were nar­rowed down to 30,000.

Stephen­son said the river changed sig­nif­i­cantly from its ori­gins at Lake St Clair, through hy­dro-elec­tric towns down to the ur­ban ar­eas of New Nor­folk and Ho­bart.

“We’d vis­ited re­mote parts of the Der­went. We wanted to pro­vide peo­ple with that ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes Tas­ma­nian stu­dents’ pho­tos of rivers and wa­ter­ways as shared on In­sta­gram, and a fam­ily day and sym­po­sium.

The Der­went will con­tinue un­til Novem­ber 5.

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