Stormlight Publishing | Alex Bond

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Stormlight Publishing is the imprint of Alex Bond which he founded in 1989. Its purpose was to produce high quality West Australian landscape images for publication.

Alex is the first photographer and publisher to create and maintain a series of postcards dedicated to the landscapes from Western Australia's national parks.

The Leeuwin Naturaliste Series from the Margaret River region were the first in the series. These were highly successful and where followed by postcards from a further four regions. They included the Southern Forests Series of Pemberton and Northcliffe, the South Coast Series of Esperance, Albany, Denmark and Walpole, and the Stirling and Porongurup  Range Series.

Alex also contributed freelance photographs to various publishing houses of books, posters, magazines, calendars and diaries.

Stormlight Publishing went on to produce greeting cards, gift cards, posters, calendars and books. All publications focus on Western Australia's unique landscape.

Stormlight Publishing has received both State and National Print Awards for excellence in print.  Alex's  first book of the Pemberton region won two Australian nominations in the 2009 Gourmand Awards, held in Paris.

In 2016, after a quarter of a century of publishing and distributing postcards, Alex began transitioning away towards an arts practice.  In 2017, to acknowledge what had been an interesting journey marked by many changes, Alex produced Stormlight Publishing 25 years of south west postcards.  It tells the story about how he started the card series and includes a selection of 70 postcard images.

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CV

Published Books & Book Contributions

  • 2016 Stormlight Publishing 25 Years of South West Postcards, Stormlight Publishing
  • 2016 Dissociation Heathcote Gallery, Stormlight Publishing
  • 2013 Lost in Suburbia, Stormlight Publishing
  • 2009 Old Growth, Australia’s Remaining Ancient Forests, Hardie Grant Books
  • 2008 Pemberton Wine Region Western Australia, Stormlight Publishing
  • 2008 Shark Bay, Twin Bays on the Edge, Department of Environment and Conservation
  • 2006 Western Australia, A Land of Rising Stars, WA Business News

Stormlight Publishing Postcards, Gift Cards, Greeting Cards, Calendars and Posters

  • 1999 Horizon Calendar 2000, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1998 Horizon Calendar 1999, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1998 Greeting Cards, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1998 Gift Cards, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1997 Horizon Calendar 1998, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1994 Stirling & Porongurup Ranges Postcard Series, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1992 - 2012 Southern Forests Postcard Series, Stormlight Publishing
  • 1989 - 2012 Leeuwin Naturaliste Postcard Series, Stormlight Publishing

Exhibitions

  • 2015 Solo exhibition: Dissociation, Heathcote Gallery, Applecross, WA
  • 2014 Solo exhibition: Lost in Suburbia, Canning River Eco Education Centre, Wilson, WA
  • 2014 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2013 Solo exhibition: Lost in Suburbia, Riverton Library, Riverton, WA
  • 2013 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2012 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2012 Group exhibition: Changing Places, Barracuda Art Gallery, Fremantle, WA
  • 2011 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2010 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2010 Group exhibition: Inaugural Opening, The Studio Gallery, Yallingup,WA
  • 2009 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2008 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton,WA
  • 2008 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton,WA
  • 2007 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton,WA
  • 2007 Solo exhibition: Artopia Open Artists Studio Program - Pemberton, WA
  • 2007 Group exhibition: Artists in Arms, Old Berlin Nightclub,Perth, WA
  • 2006 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton,WA
  • 2005 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton,WA
  • 1997 Solo exhibition: Karri Valley “Natures Collage” Launch, Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton,WA
  • 1994 Solo exhibition: Viewpoint, Atwell Gallery, Applecross, WA
  • 1992 Group exhibition: Presenting the Natural Environment in Focus, Bunbury Regional Galleries, WA
  • 1989 Group exhibition: Boranup Gallery, Margaret River, WA

Collections

  • 2008 MARA Bernard W Waters, Sydney
  • 2007 South West Health Campus, Bunbury
  • 2006 Safety & Risk Practise, Perth
  • 2001 Sims Metal Group, Perth
  • 1996 Superannuation Board Of Western Australia

Commissions

  • 2007 Percent For Art Scheme Commission, South West Health Campus, Bunbury

Workshops - Introductory Film & Darkroom Photography

  • 2007- onwards: Various photographic workshops held in Pemberton and Perth.

Published Articles Reviews Interviews and Guest Speaking

  • 2018 View Camera Australia The Photograph Considered No2 - Alex Bond Jan
  • 2015 Circuit Western Australian Contemporary Art Jan -Mar
  • 2015 Looking Glass Magazine Tales from the lens Batteries Not Included Aug/Sept
  • 2015 The Large Format Blog Show Us Your Darkroom #15: Alex Bond, May
  • 2015 Large Format Australia Technique: Sekonic L758D and the Zone System, April
  • 2015 Guest Speaker, Artists Talk Heathcote Gallery, Perth
  • 2015 Photographic Judge, Perth National Photographic Competition, Perth Royal Show
  • 2015 Photographic Judge, Activ Artspace, Wembley
  • 2014 Riverview Issue 3 Wild Life feature Lost in Suburbia, Swan River Trust, Summer
  • 2014 Photographic Judge, Perth National Photographic Competition, Perth Royal Show
  • 2013 Large Format Australia The Photograph Explained: Hyden Rock
  • 2013 Photographic Judge, Perth National Photographic Competition, Perth Royal Show
  • 2010 Guest Speaker, Artists Talk Kenwick Arts Group
  • 2009 Cravings Magazine Book Review Pemberton Wine Region
  • 2009 Royal Automobile Club Book Review Pemberton Wine Region
  • 2009 Guest Speaker, Foothills Camera Club
  • 2009 West Australian Newspapers Travel section, March
  • 2009 Australian Photography, July, “Book Review- People, Trees & Places”
  • 2009 Landscope Magazine, Winter, Vol 24 Number 4, “Bookmarks” Book Review
  • 2007 Guest Speaker, Artopia Open Artists Studio Workshop
  • 2001 Guest Speaker, Friends of Kings Park
  • 2000 Guest Speaker, Workshop Camera Club
  • 1999 50 Something, Feb/March, Brisbane “Be someone else for a weekend”
  • 1998 Guest Speaker, Perth Bushwalking Club
  • 1997 The West Magazine, August, Perth. “Reflections on our Landscape”
  • 1997 The West Magazine, May, Perth. ‘A Fresh View of the Valley’
  • 1994 The Western Review, December, Perth. “WA Landscape Explored”
  • 1988 Canning-Melville Times, March 29, Perth. “Gone Bush”

Awards

  • 2009 Australian nomination for Best Wine and Spirits Photography/Ilustration book Gourmand Awards, Paris.
  • 2009 Australian nomination for Best book on New World Wines Gourmand Awards, Paris.
  • 2008 First Prize, Easter Photography Exhibition “Wood”, Pemberton Arts Group
  • 2007 First Prize, Inaugural Easter Photography Exhibition “Water”, Pemberton Arts Group
  • 2001 Silver Medal, Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, WA
  • 1999 Silver Award, Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, WA
  • 1998 Gold Award, Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, WA
  • 1998 Silver Award, National Print Awards, Australia
  • 1998 Silver Award, Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, WA