land­scapes and tran­si­tions

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - By KYLIE WIL­SON

FROM learn­ing her skills from her pho­tog­ra­pher and writer fa­ther, Frank Madi­gan, to cap­tur­ing land­scapes all over the world on film to­day, Rose­mary Oldis feels most at home be­hind a cam­era. “He taught me to al­ways have a cam­era around my neck and to have pa­tience in wait­ing for the “mo­ment”,” Rose­mary said of her fa­ther’s tute­lage, adding that she also be­came well versed in the prac­ti­cal skills of pho­tog­ra­phy. “He loved to say that if you were able to use even one im­age from a whole roll of film you were do­ing well. “He would also say to me ‘don’t let peo­ple see your less than per­fect shots, Rosie!’.” Rose­mary has fond mem­o­ries of also be­ing joined by her mother, Dorothy, who was a skilled mimic and could of­ten call birds that they could then photograph in a fleet­ing mo­ment. A sec­ondary school teacher, Rose­mary moved to Ta­wonga with her fam­ily al­most three years ago, and has truly taken to the North East and its beauty. Rose­mary said she has never been far from a cam­era since those for­ma­tive early days, and said that she of­ten loses her­self in the mo­ment when tak­ing pic­tures. “Pho­tog­ra­phy teaches you to live in the mo­ment and to be ob­ser­vant,” she said.

“My mind is wired now to see im­ages ev­ery­where and to be con­stantly sub­con­sciously as­sess­ing the light. “It some­times feels as If I see life through a cam­era lens. “I truly be­lieve that, for me, pho­tog­ra­phy is not a con­scious process but more a way of see­ing the world. “Light is the magic in­gre­di­ent of pho­tog­ra­phy, so my process is to no­tice the spe­cial light in mo­ments and then to quickly de­cide how best to cap­ture it be­fore it changes. “A suc­cess­ful im­age cap­ture will make my day.” Over the years, Rose­mary said she has found much joy and in­spi­ra­tion in join­ing pho­tog­ra­phy clubs, and has taken pho­tos in land­scapes across the world, from the North East to Scot­land, Scan­di­navia, Ice­land, the Faeroe Is­lands, Fair­banks in Alaska, Nauru and the Solomon Is­lands. Her work has been recog­nised over­seas, with her win­ning fourth place in the In­ter­na­tional Loupe Awards in the Am­a­teur Land­scape sec­tion in 2013, as well as hav­ing an im­age in­cluded in the In­ter­na­tional Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion in the Top 101 Land­scapes sec­tion. “Each suc­cess is amaz­ing as I en­ter full of hope but with low ex­pec­ta­tions,” she said, but ac­knowl­edged that win­ning awards had been a per­sonal high­light. Rose­mary said that the North East con­tin­ues to in­spire her work ev­ery day. “The North East is full of spe­cial places and amaz­ing changes in weather,” she said. “A fel­low pho­tog­ra­pher ob­served that tran­si­tions are where good im­ages are to be found: tran­si­tions be­tween weather events; or the tran­si­tions be­tween val­ley and moun­tain; or the tran­si­tions as the sea­sons change. “The Kiewa Val­ley is one of the most beau­ti­ful places that I have ever seen and it is rem­i­nis­cent of Scot­land with its rugged moun­tain grandeur and con­trast­ing green val­leys.” One of her favourite places to photograph, how­ever, is Lake Ep­palock, near Bendigo, where moods vary from misty morn­ings to bright night skies and dra­matic shad­ows and re­flec­tions of dead trees in the lake. Rose­mary said un­tamed land­scapes and night pho­tog­ra­phy were her big­gest pas­sion for their un­pre­dictabil­ity and beauty. “I love the snow for its amaz­ing abil­ity to dis­til a land­scape to its sim­plest form and to ren­der it mono­chrome. “I love wild places be­cause there the pho­tog­ra­pher is the ob­server, not the con­troller, and you must just re­lax and al­low your­self to find the im­age, rather than try to pre­de­ter­mine it or force it.” “Night pho­tog­ra­phy is a whole dif­fer­ent world that I am just be­gin­ning to mas­ter. “It presents many chal­lenges, but it pro­vides a spe­cial magic be­cause the slow shut­ter speed al­lows the sen­sor to cap­ture things that the hu­man eye can­not see. “It is a very ex­cit­ing form of pho­tog­ra­phy.” Rose­mary Oldis’ Paint­ing With Light ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Septem­ber 20 at Windy Cor­ner Café and Ski Hire Cen­tre, Bo­gong High Plains Road, Falls Creek.

◆ IN­TREPID PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: Rose­mary Oldis has pho­tographed land­scapes all over the world.

◆ OTHERWORDLY: One of Rose­mary’s im­ages of the Kiewa Val­ley, en­ti­tled While You Were Sleep­ing #2.

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