A snap­shot into the Cen­tral Aus­tralian land­scape

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THE lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vi­o­let Town Bush Gather­ing is let­ting you ex­pe­ri­ence the beau­ti­ful am­bi­ence of cen­tral Aus­tralia all through pho­tographs.

Strath­bo­gie pho­tog­ra­pher John Pit­tard has been pre­sent­ing his pho­tog­ra­phy at the art space for the month of Oc­to­ber and is wel­com­ing all to view it while it’s still around.

Mr Pit­tard’s se­lec­tion of pho­tographs fea­tures a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent trees and land­scapes that sur­round pre­dom­i­nately Cen­tral Aus­tralia but also Dain­tree and Kakadu.

The room is filled with brightly coloured im­ages, that are soft and sharp and of­fers the pub­lic an in­sight into what the world at the top of Aus­tralia has to of­fer.

Mr Pit­tard has fondly re­ferred to him­self as the “one eyed pho­tog­ra­pher”, be­ing that he is look­ing through his lens with one eye to cap­ture the per­fect shot.

“It’s great to be able to have a spot to ac­tu­ally go and put your work,” Mr Pit­tard said.

Start­ing with small scale cam­eras when he was about eight, Mr Pit­tard’s pas­sion was re­vis­ited when he was able to take the time out in Cen­tral Aus­tralia and fo­cus on tak­ing good pho­tos.

“I would of­ten do walks off the beaten track so I’ve got those view­points that not ev­ery­one sees,” he said.

“I re­ally like ob­scure things, that are evoca­tive in there form, so I kind of look for that.

“Any­one can take a photo re­ally, but get­ting your com­po­si­tion right is what takes the time.”

With thou­sands of works to choose from, it took Mr Pit­tard quite a long time to be able to gather his most pre­cious works to put out to the pub­lic for view­ing.

Mr Pit­tard said when walk­ing around the ex­hi­bi­tion, for him it’s like a trip down me­mory lane, re­vis­it­ing each of those places.

Bush Gather­ing’s An­nette Wal­ton said ev­ery­one who has come through the doors has ex­pressed how the ex­hi­bi­tion gives them the feel­ing of want­ing to travel.

“I think the way of the re­flec­tions in John’s work and the way the wa­ter is so invit­ing with ev­ery­thing else, it’s just re­ally amaz­ing,” she said.

The eleventh ex­hi­bi­tion for the art space has fea­tured sev­eral dif­fer­ent works, from pretty flo­rals to ab­stract pop art.

Mr Pit­tard ex­pressed the ex­treme im­por­tance be­hind hav­ing these types of spa­ces for up­com­ing artists to show­case their work.

“It’s the bill­board, it’s the stage other­wise these hang on my wall and peo­ple don’t see them,” he said.

An­nette also said they want to al­low peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to see their works, en­joy their works, share their works be in­spired to do more.

The Bush Gather­ing is free en­try and open 11am to 3pm on Tues­day, Thurs­day, week­ends and other times by ap­point­ment.

A LIT­TLE GLIMPSE: The works in the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­ture ev­ery­thing from beau­ti­ful sun­sets, to the or­ange desert like land­scape.

PROUD OF THE WORK: An­nette Wal­ton and John Pit­tard hold a spe­cial piece from the ex­hi­bi­tion.

gevans@ ne­me­dia.com.au BYGRACE EVANS

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