Bio Details

Alex Bond Muirillup Rock

While everyone else had a real job I spent more than 25 years hiking and camping in southwest Western Australia.

I go for long walks, carrying my field camera, film, tripod, and sometimes a tent and food. Nowadays, I find myself working closer to home. I am drawn to the visual nuances found between the transition zones of remnant bushlands and city life.

Our light in Western Australia is unique, being both hard and voluminous. It is a continual challenge to capture its varied qualities. I worked professionally for many decades with colour film for publishing, but I have always preferred, and continue to use black and white film for its more abstract interpretation of my environment.

My direct involvement in silver gelatin printmaking, in my darkroom, channels my intended vision into a highly personal expression as a final print.

Stormlight Publishing

In 1989 I founded Stormlight Publishing as my publishing imprint. Its purpose was to produce high-quality West Australian landscape images for publication and promotion. Stormlight Publishing produced postcards of national parks, greeting cards, note cards, calendars, posters, and books, receiving both State and National Print Awards for excellence in print. During this time I contributed photographs to publishers of conservation and environment magazines, books, calendars, and diaries. In 2010, Stormlight Publishing received international recognition for its first book, Pemberton Wine Region Western Australia. It was the Australian finalist for two international book categories in the Gourmand Awards, Paris.