I have been struggling with a bursitis shoulder over the Xmas break and, as a result, the photography has been minimal. It has been limited to what I could do on the morning and evening poodlewalks along the coast. I avoided walking in the bush due to the brown snakes. As I could only carry and use light weight cameras, the photography has consisted mostly of macro with some scoping for large format photosessions in the future.
This macro of quartz on the side of a granite outcrop, which was made with my old Sony NEX-7, an old Lecia Summicron 35mm lens and a Voigtlander VM/E Close Focus Adaptor, raises a question: could I make a 5 x4 version using a telephoto lens?
I am asking this because over the Xmas break I have been looking at some of the seaweed photos made by Peter Dombrovskis, which are in the Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild, exhibition at the National Library of Australia (NLA). The kelp photos are stunning. Likewise the granite the sandstone and the quartz studies. These are wide angle views, close ups and low-contrast light. This collection is wilderness imagery with a sense of sublime terror with its roots in the nineteenth century. This body of work is definitely not nostalgic kitsch, an idealising falsehood, or an eco-porn generating desire for touristic or vicarious consumption. Nor is it premised on an equivalency between visible and unseen worlds.