Whilst the role of an artist is to create and then sell images, I get a great charge from participating in a print swap.
Provided my print goes to a caring and loving home!
My fairly extensive collection of photographic art has been largely built on judicious swapping with friends and acquaintances, as well as targeted purchases – Max Dupain prints can only come from that source!
This coming weekend I am participating in both a presentation to 200 people and also providing an image to be used in a print swap. The Hair of the Dog is a photography convention that has been held annually for the past 11+ years by the Queensland Division of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
My swap print was taken earlier this year whilst staying with good friends in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was discovered by Peter Eastway whilst with Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken on one of their many photography tours out of Queenstown. The tree has also been photographed (amongst many others) by David Paterson – Canberra based photographer and Chair of the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards held by the AIPP. What is interesting is the different approaches by various shooters. Eastway chose to find the reverse angle, whilst several of us chose to place the tree in the natural dip in the distant mountains. Mike and Jackie choosing to lift the tree into the sky and me dropping the tree into the landscape from which it came and blending it more into that environment. Paterson has allowed the tree to become a recognisable and strong part of the landscape via the use of colour.
With great respect, none is the definitive reproduction of The Nevis Tree, but all are an interesting interpretation by photographers with an interest, a love and a knowledge of recording the landscape.