Alex Bond Elephant Rocks Denmark

“Alex Bond knows when not to take a photograph. His approach to capturing the WA landscape on film is based on patience and attunement. The results have found a worldwide audience.”

Steven Scourfield, The West Magazine, The West Australian Newspaper

In 1989 I founded Stormlight Publishing as my publishing imprint. Its purpose, to produce high-quality West Australian landscape images for publication and promotion. My publishing began with postcards. I was the first and only photographer to create and publish a series of postcards dedicated to Western Australia’s national parks over a period of several decades.

I started with the Leeuwin Naturaliste Series from the Margaret River region. These proved highly successful and was followed by Southern Forests Series of Pemberton and Northcliffe, the South Coast Series of Esperance, Albany, Denmark and Walpole, and the Stirling and Porongurup  Range Series.

Over the years Stormlight Publishing produced greeting cards, gift cards, posters, calendars and books.

Stormlight Publishing has received both State and National Print Awards for excellence in print. In addition to these awards, Stormlight Publishing has been recognised internationally. In 2009, Stormlight Publishing was twice awarded the best Australian publication in the Paris Gourmand Awards, for Pemberton Wine Region Western Australia.

I have contributed freelance photographs to various publishing houses. These have been reproduced in books, posters, diaries, magazines and promotional material for natural history, environment, conservation, and tourism.

postcards western australia Alex Bond Stormlight Publishing 2017
25 years of South West Postcards

In 2016, after a quarter of a century, I ceased publishing and distribution. I now work solely on my arts practice. I am returning to my first passion for large format landscape photography and traditional printmaking.

In 2017 I published Stormlight Publishing 25 years of south west postcards. It tells the story about how I set out publishing the card series. It includes a selection of 70 postcard images.

Retailers can still place postcard orders online here for Margaret River Region and Pemberton Walpole Denmark Stirling and Porongurup Range while stock lasts.


Curriculum Vitae

Born Perth Western Australia
Lives and works in Perth, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Solo exhibition: Dissociation, Heathcote Gallery, Applecross, Australia
2014 Solo exhibition: Lost in Suburbia, Canning River Eco Education Centre, Wilson, Australia
2014 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2013 Solo exhibition: Lost in Suburbia, Riverton Library, Riverton, Australia
2013 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2012 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2011 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2010 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2009 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2008 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Millhouse Cafe, Pemberton, Australia
2008 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton, Australia
2007 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton, Australia
2007 Solo exhibition: Artopia Open Artists Studio Program – Pemberton, Australia
2006 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton, Australia
2005 Solo exhibition: Pemberton Wine Centre, Pemberton, Australia
1997 Solo exhibition: Karri Valley “Natures Collage” Launch, Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Collective 2018, Perth Centre for Photography, Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth, Australia
2018 Art Awards 2018, City of Bayswater, Perth, Australia
2012 Changing Places, Barracuda Art Gallery, Fremantle, Australia
2010 Inaugural Opening, The Studio Gallery, Yallingup, Australia
2007 Artists in Arms, Old Berlin Nightclub, Perth, Australia
1994 Viewpoint, Atwell Gallery, Applecross, Australia
1992 Presenting the Natural Environment in Focus, Bunbury Regional Galleries, Australia
1989 Boranup Gallery, Margaret River, Australia

Awards

2009 Australian winner for Best Wine and Spirits Photography/Illustration book Gourmand Awards, Paris.
2009 Australian winner 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, Western Australia
1999 Silver Award, Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, Western Australia
1998 Gold Award,  Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, Western Australia
1998 Silver Award, National Print Awards, Australia
1998 Silver Award, Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards, Western Australia

Stormlight Publications

2016 Dissociation Heathcote Gallery, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2016 Stormlight Publishing 25 Years of South West Postcards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2013 Lost in Suburbia, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2012 -1996 South Coast Series Postcards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2012 -1994 Stirling & Porongurup Ranges Series Postcards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2012 -1992 Southern Forests Series Postcards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2012 -1989 Leeuwin Naturaliste Series Postcards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
2008 Pemberton Wine Region Western Australia, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
1999 Horizon Calendar 2000, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
1998 Horizon Calendar 1999, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
1998 Greeting Cards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
1998 Gift Cards, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
1997 Horizon Calendar 1998, Stormlight Publishing, Applecross, Perth, Perth
1995 Skink Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range Poster, Stormlight Publishing, Perth
1993 Stirling Range Waterfall Poster, Stormlight Publishing, Perth

Selected Publications

2019 View Camera Australia, Oct, “Stand Development increase film speed and extend contrast range”
2018 YourDailyPhotograph.com, Oct, “My Australia”, Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2018 View Camera Australia, Jan, “The Photograph Considered Number Two – So Close to Home”
2015 Looking Glass Magazine Aug/Sept “Tales from the lens Batteries Not Included”
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
2014 Riverview Issue 3 Wild Life feature “Lost in Suburbia”, Swan River Trust, Summer
2013 Large Format Australia, “The Photograph Explained: Hyden Rock”
2009 Old Growth, Australia’s Remaining Ancient Forests, Hardie Grant Books
2009 Cravings Magazine Book Review Pemberton Wine Region
2009 Royal Automobile Club Book Review Pemberton Wine Region
2009 West Australian Newspapers Travel section, March
2009 Australian Photography, July, “Book Review- People, Trees & Places”
2009 Department of Environment and Conservation, Perth Landscope Magazine, Winter, Vol 24 Number 4, “Bookmarks”
2008 Department of Environment and Conservation, Perth “Shark Bay, Twin Bays on the Edge”
2006 WA Business News, Perth “Western Australia, A Land of Rising Stars”
2003 Scott Print, Perth Calendar “A Margaret River Sketchbook 2003”
1999 50 Something, Feb/March, Brisbane “Be someone else for a weekend”
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”
1993 The Scott Four Colour Print, Perth “Desk Calendar for 1993”
1988 Canning-Melville Times, March 29, Perth “Gone Bush”
1984 The Australian Women’s Weekly, May, Sydney “The Fragile Treasures of the Jewel Cave”

Collections

Numerous private collections within Australia and overseas

2008 MARA Bernard W Waters, Sydney
2007 South West Health Campus, Bunbury
2006 Safety & Risk Practise, Perth
2001 Sims Metal Group, Perth

Commissions

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

Other

2019 Teacher, Traditional Darkroom Printing, Perth
2017 Teacher, Large Format Photography Workshop, Perth
2015 Teacher, Large Format Photography Workshop, Perth
2015 Teacher, Artists Talk Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Perth
2015 Speaker, Artists Talk Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Perth
2015 Judge, Perth National Photographic Competition, Perth Royal Show
2015 Judge, Activ Artspace, Wembley
2014 Teacher, Large Format Photography Workshop, Perth
2014 Judge, Perth National Photographic Competition, Perth Royal Show
2013 Teacher, Large Format Photography Workshop, Perth
2013 Judge, Perth National Photographic Competition, Perth Royal Show
2012 Teacher, Large Format Photography Workshop, Perth
2010 Speaker, Artists Talk Kenwick Arts Group
2009 Speaker, Foothills Camera Club, Perth
2007 Speaker, Artopia Open Artists Studio Workshop, Pemberton, Australia
2007 Teacher, Photography Workshop, Artopia, Pemberton, Australia
2001 Teacher, Photography Workshop, Friends of Kings Park, Perth
2000 Speaker, Workshop Camera Club, Perth
1998 Speaker, Perth Bushwalking Club, Perth
1988 Official Photographer, Great Walk Denmark – Perth
1983 Photographer, Graduate College of Dance, Perth
1982 Photographer, Graduate College of Dance, Perth

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Alex Bond, Northcliffe, 1986