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As a keen amateur photographer – and a lover of all things related to art and culture – I jumped at the chance to go and see the Island Light 2017 exhibition. It did not disappoint. The exhibition was on display at the Long Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Gallery from the 31st March until the 19th April, and showcased the artwork of four Tasmanian photographers – Josh Vince, Arwen Dyer, Wolfgang Glowacki, and Francois Fourie.

The images were taken from across the state and featured places such as Bay of Fires, Freycinet, Eddystone Point, Mount Field, South Arm, and Lake Oberon. There were sunsets, sunrises, auroras, starbursts, sunbeams, moonlight, fog, reflections, and waterfalls. Most of the images were in colour, but a few black and white ones were scattered throughout the room. As all four artists were landscape photographers, it was a bit of a shock to see one row that didn’t quite fit. It had one of close-up image of algae, a bird’s-eye view of what looked like a couple of leafless birch trees, as well as close-up images of various plants. I then discovered a few more close-ups displayed in the middle of the gallery – the ones of ice were particularly impressive, but they still looked out of place, especially considering that they were positioned in close proximity to the landscapes.

As I walked around the gallery and gazed in awe at each individual image in this – mostly cohesive – showcase of Tasmanian wilderness, I was mesmerised. My eyes widened so that they could take in more of the artistic flair and skill in use of composition and colour. Quite a few of them simply took my breath away. I understand and appreciate how much time they must have spent planning, and then waiting for hours to get the perfect shot.

I have always appreciated landscape photography and wanted to improve my skills in the area. This exhibition made me think about this even more, and with renewed enthusiasm, provided me with lots of ideas for my own work. It showed that there can be many different styles, with different foci, that can be equally as beautiful and effective. The photos can mean different things to and evoke different feelings in different people.

Although they’re not the exactly the same size, the majority of the images have similar dimensions. They’re all printed on lustre paper – which is a semi-gloss. This helps enhance the images color and details, whilst its slight texture helps reduce problems associated with glare when reflected off light, and fingerprints.

The exhibition had just the right number of images for the space. It was open, bright, spacious, airy  -although that could partly be because of the open window onto Salamanca Place – but still intimate at the same time. There was always at least one of the artists present at the exhibition during the opening hours to answer any questions, sell merchandise, and talk to patrons.

Although the exhibition has finished now, I would recommend having a look at the work by these four artists: Joshua Vince (https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-Vince-Photography-165290620200011/), Arwen Dyer (https://arwendyer.com), Wolfgang Glowacki (http://wolfgangglowacki.com.au), and Francois Fourie (http://www.ffourie.com), and keep an eye out for any future exhibitions.

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