Journeys Into the Wild 3

The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis

by Bob Brown

Hardback Publication Date: 20/10/2017

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Journeys into the Wild is a poetic escape to a fragile and breathtaking wilderness, with celebrated photographer Peter Dombrovskis as our guide.

A silhouette of a damaged twisted Pencil Pine, wearing a fine dusting of fresh snow and precariously positioned above the Pool of Siloam in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, is like a portrait of a lively old friend. A fresh ice sheet, uniquely patterned, is coloured by the alpenglow, as the day’s first sunlight reflects on a Cradle Mountain tarn.

A flowering white Olearia pinifolia at the base of a massive boulder on Mount Wellington is a study in permanency and transience. Here, too, are photographs of the Snowy Mountains and the tropical rainforests of Queensland’s Daintree and Hinchinbrook Island, Fiji and Borneo.

Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. As a founder of the Wilderness Society, Bob organised the blockade of dam works on the Franklin, recruiting Peter and his iconic photography to make the case for conservation over profit.

During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer. Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter’s death in 1996.

ISBN:
9780642279071
9780642279071
Category:
Individual photographers
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20-10-2017
Publisher:
National Library of Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
200
Dimensions (mm):
280x221mm

Bob Brown

Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. As a founder of the Wilderness Society, Bob organised the blockade of dam works on the Franklin, recruiting Peter and his iconic photography to make the case for conservation over profit.

During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer.

Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter’s death in 1996.

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  • A Great Introduction to Dombrovkis's Work

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    I am privileged to own most of his wilderness calendars, "Wild Rivers" and "Dombrovkis: A Photographic Collection" and therefore I agree with Andrew's comments on the over-sharpening and post production but I feel it is only very obvious on a few photos. Peter Dombrovskis was the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness photographer of his era and as his highest quality work is mostly unavailable or extremely expensive the National Library of Australia (NLA) book is an important publication for the next generation to appreciate his work. Hopefully the NLA has the resources to produce an ultimate quality edition in the future. Geoff.

  • A Superb volume

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    I have wanted a book on Peter Dombrovkis’ work for some time many are out of print and difficult to find. So it was with some elation to discover that this new volume with fastidiously restored images had been produced by the NLA. The forward by Bob Brown is most insightful.
    Overall the book records an extensive catalogue of Australia’s greatest landscape photographer’s lifetime work poignantly finishing with the last image he captured. I just hope I’ll be able to see the accompanying exhibition the print quality of the book is good but to see the actual exhibition quality prints would be an experience. In light of the fact that many of his books are now out of print and extremely difficult to find, this volume is a must have for any one who loves his work.

  • Awesome photographer, poor print quality

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    Peter Dombrovskis is an amazing photographer. Unfortunately the print quality in this book does not do his photos justice. Cheap, light weight paper is used. The printing quality is poor. Dreadful detail and dull lifeless colors. The photos have been over-sharpened.

    I did wonder why the book was so cheap, given the number of pages, I now understand why. A smaller selection of well printed photos on quality paper would have been so much better.

    Hopefully Dombrovskis previous publications will be reprinted, as these were fantastic quality. Better still, if the National Library could release a high-quality book with the same photos, as there are many that are not in the previous books.

    The Dombrovskis exhibition at the NLA in Canberra was great, it's on until the 30/1/18, check it out!

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