Canning River Wetlands Samphire Environment Perth

framed 74.5cm x 61.5cm | image 40cm x 50cm | 1 of ed10 | $1500

Canning River wetlands was made in a quiet moment of contemplation. I often make more personally satisfying images when I am alone. It’s not that I don’t photograph when in company, it is just easier to immerse myself more fully with my subject when alone.

Print Availability

Canning River Samphire Westlands Fallen Branch is available for purchase online. Canning River Wetlands Samphire Environment Perth is a 40 x 50cm silver gelatin print, hand-printed by the author. It is dry-mounted onto 100% cotton museum board, then window-mounted behind a clear acrylic sheet. Framed in graphite tone aluminium it is ready to hang. Outer dimensions 74.5 x 61.5cm. Limited edition of 10, signed and numbered. Freight and insurance within Australia included.


When I am in the company of others, there is always an imperative or priority which more often than not tends to prevent me from connecting more fully with what I am seeing.

I seek quietness, stillness. My eyes are constantly scanning, yet at this early stage I may not be conscious of looking at any one particular thing. Suddenly I am conscious of something catching my attention, my eyes returning to it over and over, reading tones, shapes, textures and colours. How the object would look in black and white, or would be better in photographed in colour? My attention now focussed I consider my potential subject more carefully.

There may be technical problems, my eyes and brain see more than what film and camera is capable of recording. Is this worth a photograph? Can I resolve the technical problem or should I reject the idea of a photograph?

I look away, turn around, and there, just a few feet away below the trunk of a swamp sheoak, is the soft glow of a tendril-like branch.  It is the delicate shape of a broken paperbark resting upon a carpet of sheoak branchlets. I shift my camera and tripod, focus, insert the film holder and make the exposure. In a few days, this branch will disappear underwater. The samphire wetlands around the Canning River will then fill with winter rain.

I also made a 4×5 Velvia exposure straight after my black and white. Scroll to the bottom of my Tetenal E-6 Processing article and you can see it.

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alexbond
Since 1989, Alex Bond has published cards, calendars, books, and posters under his imprint Stormlight Publishing. His images showcase the West Australian environment. Bond's handcrafted, silver-gelatin, fibre-based prints are personally made by the author in his darkroom.
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