Paperbarks Margaret River Wallcliffe Western Australia

framed 74.5cm x 61.5cm | image 40cm x 50cm | 2 of ed10 | $1650

This wonderful stand of old trees was located near Wallcliffe House, by the banks of the Margaret River. I say that now in the past tense. I happened to make this image just weeks before fires razed the Prevelly Park region in November 2011. The fire resulted in the loss of several homes and historic Wallcliffe House. It was such a hot burn it devastated the coastal heath and surrounding areas.

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Paperbarks Margaret River Wallcliffe Western Australia is available for purchase online. Paperbarks Margaret River Wallcliffe Western Australia 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.

At the time I stood admiring the age of the trees I could not have envisaged a fire ravaging this area so soon. Fire is part of the ecological cycle in the Australian bush. Ironically, this fire was started by authorities with the aim to minimise risk. It did the exact opposite. The area surrounding these trees was badly burnt and denuded of all vegetation, but a few of the older veterans pictured here still remain.

The photograph is high in contrast due to the dappled sunlight and deep shadow. To open up the shadow details I gave additional exposure and reduced development to N-1. My technique for handling such high contrast scenes has changed. I no longer reduce development, but prefer to use a highly compensating film developing technique. That way I can give really strong exposure in the shadows while not losing detail in the bright areas.

After the fire, Margaret River, 2012

Wista 4×5 on Kodak T Max film, I think it was a 150mm lens.  About hand made silver prints.

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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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