EXHIBITION
Balmoral Beach 
30 Oct to 24 Dec 2022. 
Open daily from 8am to 9pm.
Participating in
To see the images, go to In View of Change
Les Irwig can meet you at the Gallery during December  
to talk about the stories behind the images. 
If you want to meet, call Les on 0416101819, or email les@irwig.com
Include number of people and possible days and times.
If you cannot meet at this busy time of the year, phone Les for a chat.

Framed prints, mostly 40 cm high, limited to edition of 4, are available for $900.
Second framed prints: $800, third and more: $700.
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“ ... drink in the beauty
and wonder at the meaning of what you see.”
Rachel Carson, pioneer environmentalist, 1965

In View of Change celebrates the beauty of our natural world, with images made in camera rather than created by subsequent digital manipulation. The exhibition honours individuals and grass-roots organisations whose actions are a beacon of hope for ecological improvement, and the photographers whose work helped inspire a sea-change in community views about the environment, pioneered in Australia by Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, who said: “Photography is, quite simply, a means of communicating my concern for the beauty of the Earth.“ 


The exhibition includes 4 series:

Sea-Change
The transitory reflection of sky on beach sand as a wave recedes, an image obliterated seconds later by the next incoming wave. Some images show footprints, in contemplation of our fragile ecology.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” —Henry David Thoreau

How High the Moon
The moon in Australia, mostly dawn moonsets rather than dusk moonrises. Most images were made during Covid restrictions.
‘How High the Moon’, refers to the song made famous by guitarist Les Paul. After 18 months of rehabilitation following an accident and with ongoing disabilities, he said  “The long recovery period was quite a challenge, and also a blessing because it gave me a chance to think, and read, and plan, and dream.”  That process resulted in his invention of the electric guitar and multitrack recording, with an enduring impact on modern music; a lesson in dealing creatively with adversity, in changing wounds into wisdom.

Perception
Enjoying the luminous dance of little wings from the whispered flutter of insects in night-time lamplight during Covid restrictions. One of the Perception images was selected for the Head On Vision 2020 book and exhibition showing the challenges of and responses to 2020.
Being artistically creative during the adversity of the past few years is a privilege, which needs to be accompanied by creative thinking and generosity about what we can do, individually and collectively, to prevent Covid in economically poor countries, and reduce the world's growing inequity. To find out more, see: www.croakey.org/how-can-you-help-boost-covid-vaccination-rates-in-africa/

Rising Up
‘Rising Up’ refers to both the tall eucalypt trunks, captured with camera movement, and the leaf regrowth around the trunks after bush fires.
 One of the Rising Up images is also on exhibition at the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney until 11 December 2022. 

In View of Change honours the grassroots organisations and individuals whose actions are a beacon of hope for ecological improvement.
Governments and Local Councils and more importantly individuals and communities are beginning to take action, driven by a groundswell of changing community opinion about the importance of addressing the ecological horrors of our time. Renewable energy resources are beginning to be more common - and cheaper – than those dependent on fossil fuel. And there are strong examples of how quickly environments can regenerate, both overseas  and in Australia [ conservation areas, deserts and farmland ] if we do what is right. 
Like Climate Change, another consequence of ecological disruption,  is the increase in infections, such as Covid, that jump the species barrier from animals to humans.
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.”  Arundhati Roy: ' The pandemic is a portal’ 

"If our descendants are alive and well in a hundred years … it will be because we were, in this era, able to articulate visions of life on Earth that did not result in their destruction … ways of life are possible in which human beings not only thrive but also repair damage and even increase biodiversity and beauty of the planet." Lisa Wells, quoted by Climate Scientist Joelle Gergis in ‘….a climate scientist’s path through grief towards hope’  .

I acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of Country on which these photographs were made.


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