Winter Dawn, Cradle Mountain
The images are printed with pigment ink on Canson Platine Fibre Rag, a 100% cotton rag archival paper. These prints are prepared by one of the most archival printing processes currently available and will last over 100 years.
Grant Dixon is a Tasmanian photographer whose work encompasses landscapes, abstract patterns in nature, wildlife, travel and adventure subjects.
Grant has been exploring Tasmania's uniquely wild and wonderful landscape for some forty years, with camera never far from hand, and, for more than thirty years, has also trekked, climbed, skied and photographed in many other wild and remote areas of the planet. He is particularly attracted to remote cool climate regions and mountain landscapes and has explored parts of all seven continents.
Images from Grant's travels have been widely published and continue the Tasmanian tradition of photography activating awareness of the environment. He co-publishes a calendar, Wild Tasmania, with Rob Bakers, and has recently published his first book, Winter Light, featuring both grand vistas and intimate details of the Tasmanian winter landscape. His prints displayed in the Winter Light exhibition all feature in this book.
I love the Tasmanian highlands in winter; the challenge and solitude that mountain travel brings at that time of year. Photography is part of that physical and mental journey, and self-reliant travel is the only way to fully engage with the experience. Additionally, snow provides a palette for a wide range of environmental colours, both subtle and bold, reflecting the changeable winter weather, and hence provides its own photographic challenges.
Wilderness – both the concept and the experience of it – has been part of my entire recreational and professional life. At its heart, the wilderness experience involves a sense of immersion in the natural world, independent of external support. During winter journeys, the experience may be enhanced because conditions can enforce a slower pace, so access times can be longer, and there are usually fewer, if any, other humans within range of my senses.
The ephemeral nature of wintery landscapes, particularly in Tasmania, is also part of their attraction and challenge. In an essentially maritime climate, and given the relatively low altitude of the island’s summits, the presence of thick or extensive snow cover can often be down to a single weather event, and how long it lasts depends on the timing, amount and duration of subsequent rain.
My Tasmanian winter experiences now span more than forty years, a period during which human-induced climate change has become indisputable. There is real potential for the Tasmanian alpine environment as we now know it, its ecological communities and its ephemeral snow cover, to disappear under this onslaught.
- Grant Dixon
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