A snapshot into the Central Australian landscape
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.
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