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52 Weeks On
The Pilbara forms the heart of WA’s resources industry, and is home
to many isolated communities. Five renowned artists have spent the past
year exploring the region, their impressions presented in 52 Weeks
On: A Pilbara Project Exhibition (supported by BHP Billiton).
We spoke with photographer Peter Eastway about the project.
Hedland 1 by Peter Eastway.
Peter Eastway by Peter Eastway.
Tell us about your experience touring through the Pilbara.
I had three trips up there, and it’s funny because the first time was literally
a month and a half after I’d been in Antarctica. To compare the two places
was really quite incredible. People say, ‘Oh Antarctica must be amazing,’
but I tell you what, the place that probably hit me the most in the past
year was Desert Queen Baths, out in the Rudall River area of the eastern
Pilbara. It’s just incredible. I think Australians can travel a long way and
they still won’t find anything as g ood as what’s in their own backyard.
What was it like to photograph the region?
I suppose these days, with modern cameras, it’s hard for anyone not to
take a good photograph. The challenge is to g o beyond that. Sometimes
you g o out and nail the shots which you know will work well. But often my
best photographs are those of a subconscious vein, where I just sort of go
on automatic pilot. They tend to produce the greatest surprises for me, as
well as for other people.
How was it, developing the project as a group?
It’s quite interesting working with four different photographers. You might
think, ‘Well why would you take them all out to the same place? Won’t they
take the same photographs?’ But you only have to see the exhibition to
realise what different viewpoints we all have. I feel very honoured to be on
the same walls and pages of a book as these photographers.
52 Weeks On: A Pilbara Project Exhibition Featuring Dr. Les Walkling ,
Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Michael Fletcher and Peter Eastway. For m
Gallery, until April 7, for m.net.au .
Renowned abstract painter Waldemar
Kolbusz is famous for his unusual colour
combinations and fine use of movement and
texture. The artist – who has been represented
by Gunyulgup Galleries for more than 10
years – returns with a typically evocative
exhibition. Gunyulgup Galleries, April 23-May 8,
Until March 27 Memories and Maps
March 25-April 10
Until April 3 New Works/ New Faces
Until April 3 GOLD
Until April 7 52 Weeks On: A Pilbara
April 15-May 7 Charles Blackman
April 23-May 2 Laura Matthews
April 23-May 3 Easter Exhibition:
April 23-May 8 Waldemar Kolbusz
May 12-29 Mixed Blessings
May 13-June 4 Peter Cook,
Monique Tippet and Neil Erasmus
May 25-June 19 Lynne Boladeras
Until July 15 Year 12
ongoing Helen Norton,
Valerie Anderson, Patrick Wong
Self-taught artist Helen Norton settled in Broome
in 1985 after a decade of travelling and working in
remote areas of the Australian outback. Enkido’s
Waterhole (pictured) is from Norton’s recent
exhibition Gilgamesh – based on the first recorded
story from 5000 years ago. Linton and Kay Fine Art
Gallery, ongoing, lintonandkay.com.au.
Honk by Waldemar Kolbusz.
Enkido’s Waterhole by Helen Norton.
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