Communications & Media

Elemental force and beauty: a photographer’s journey to the Tarkine

Serene, Craig George

The iconic wilderness of Tasmania’s Tarkine is the focus of the latest exhibition to open inside Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop.

Presented by the University of Tasmania, Raw Tarkine… and beyond features the photographic work of award-winning artist Craig George.

Captured during a nine-day trek through the area, Craig’s images depict the Tarkine’s vast landscapes which include its rugged coastline, temperate rainforest and open grass plains. 

Originating from Victoria, Craig and his family are now Launceston-based, with his Tarkine experience reinforcing their decision to make the move to Tasmania. 

“The pristine delicate rainforest and the raw, treacherous coastline transforms the already beautiful Tasmanian landscape into something extraordinary,” Mr George said. 

“The Tarkine wilderness is hard to describe in words, and I only hope my photographs embody some of its elemental force and beauty.”

Cradle Coast campus Arts and Public Programs Coordinator Joanna Gair became acquainted with Craig’s work after he captured an image of Makers’ Workshop.

“The striking, minimalistic image of a rear corner of the building had won Craig the 2016 AIPP Victorian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year Award,” Ms Gair said. 

“I contacted the artist with the hope one day I might be able to present an exhibition of his work and I’m delighted to report that ‘one day’ has finally come and it’s been well worth the wait.”

Raw Tarkine… and beyond was officially opened to the public on Thursday, 9 August and will continue in the Makers’ Space Gallery until 16 September.

The artwork is available for purchase.

Image: Serene 2018, by Craig George.

Published on: 10 Aug 2018 1:33pm