Wildlife photography in the Northern Territory

My first love in photography was wildlife photography. I've shot in Africa on a 10 week safari and spent three weeks deep in the jungles of India photographing wild tigers. However one of my favourite places I've photographed wildlife is in the top end of Oz, a haven for reptiles and birdlife. The last time i was in Darwin to view the wildlife was in 2006 when my wife and i drove our battered 1993 Subaru from Darwin to Broome over 7 weeks after having our car bought up on a truck from Melbourne. 

So when I was able to 'go bush' recently when a couple of days were cancelled on a recent 10 day commercial shoot in Darwin i was jumping out of my skin with excitement! I hired my own boat and was able to see some incredible animals on the Mary River in the Mary River National Park just outside of Kakadu. The Mary River is home to the biggest concentration of Saltwater crocodiles anywhere in the world and it lived up to expectations with a stack of sightings. I was also privileged to see birds such as the Rainbow bee-eater, a white bellied Sea Eagle capture and tear apart a fish and the massive Jabiru in flight. What a place, an hours drive out of Darwin but a million miles from my regular head space. I can't wait to go back - it is such a remarkable experience that doesn't leave you for quite some time. 

Cobram olive grove shoot

So happy to be commissioned to shoot at Boundary Bend on the Murray River for Cobram Olive oil. Beautiful location and lovely people to work with. I also had Steve Jacobs in tow broadcasting live from the grove for the Today show! 

Melbourne's newest lane - Wren Lane

I love music and i love photography. Recently my commercial photography world and my love of music combined when i was asked to photograph the new Wren Lane. A laneway situated behind Festival Hall. It features some beautiful images set into light boxes of some Australian artists who have performed at the 'House of Stoush' or as it is also know 'Festy Hall'. Check it out the next time you are heading to a gig there. 

Conceptual time lapse - Passage of Light

Check out my recent time lapse sequence i created for Desypher architects. I chose a conceptual approach to capture the light passing through the perforations in the buildings exterior. The building being the Islamic Museum of Australia located in Thornbury, Victoria.

Adapting in Alice

I was lucky enough to be commissioned to shoot an interior in Alice Springs recently. After consulting with the boss (beautiful understanding wife of a photographer) I managed to grab a few days after the shoot to indulge my love of the landscape. I spent 3 days heading east and west of Alice in search of what i didn't really know. In my photographic art I don't choose a topic or direction I simply follow my nose and where and what i end up with becomes dependant on my connection with a place. Of course a 'connection' can be anything at any time and is reliant on my state of mind, my energy and my subconscious at the time of which I only really get a handle on when looking back over the images. It seems I have been making connections with structures perhaps as a result of my concerted push into architecture photography. However when looking at the landscapes captured I found similarities in composition, structure and tonality. It seems my style merely adapts to the subject matter notably using the vertical format and graphic lines.

Photographing an ANZAC ceremony

It is always a challenge to photograph any event. To get a great image you will need to be present at all moments of significance and blending in will be nigh impossible. The photographer will get the best seat in the house but with that comes a very visible presence.

Last weekend I was commissioned to photograph an Anzac ceremony for Parks Victoria at the newly opened Kokoda memorial wall in the Dandenongs Ranges replete with the last post and catafalque party. The silence and reverence of such an occasion only adds to the conspicuous nature of what i am trying to capture and I feel like I am the only one who is allowed to be separate yet a very visible part of the occasion.  As a photographer I need to feel the magnitude of an occasion in order to capture its most moving moments. I need to be very switched on to a constantly changing and moving frame and so keeping up with an order of proceedings is paramount to not missing an integral image to the story of an event.

Call of the wild photography exhibition

I am proud to have 5 images included in the Call of the Wild group photography exhibition. Call of the wild features images of nature and wildlife from 22 of Victoria's outstanding Nature and wildlife photographers. It is the second in a new and exciting program of exhibitions presented by OzLink entertainment at the Domain House Gallery.

Call of the Wild

Domain House Gallery - Royal Botanical Gardens, Dallas Brooks Drive Melbourne

Opening night: Wednesday Feb 6th 6:30-8:30pm by RSVP to rsvp@petergarnick.com.au by Feb 1st.

Exhibition dates: Feb 7th - Feb 24th, Hours Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sun 11-5pm

Watch the Call of the Wild Promo Video below: