Thursday, December 1, 2016

Investigating the Gorge

Artist in Residence, Cataract Gorge, Launceston

I've been here now for 4 days and have started to settle into a routine, where I'm exploring the gorge and nearby Launceston.

Tourist boats regularly pass by the cottage on their way up the Gorge.
I've discovered I'm quite camera-shy, as everyone on board is armed
with carmeras aimed at the cottage.
I wonder what they would think if I gave them a 'queen' wave
from the balcony.....

Peacocks are one of the introduced species in the gorge around the
Basin area.  They're a big tourist drawcard - I wonder if they're
'heritage' listed due to their historical links to the gardens?

I thought the rear view was just as impressive!

I'm getting around town on my bike,
here I am at the Art Gallery.
The awesome display of birds and mammals at the Museum.
I love that the taxidermied fauna aren't locked away in a
glass cabinet.  They're displayed on multiple levels, making
a very vibrant and active display.
One of my projects during the residency is documenting the gorge
and cottage with my mini polaroid camera.  It's a different mode of working,
as there's no zoom, no digital displays, and I have to wait for my
photo to develop. The photos are awesomely moody and a bit unpredictable.

This is my 'inspiration' wall (on the old fireplace) where
I'm gathering objects, photos, postcards, artwork so far etc.


  1. All looks great so far, Sandra. Love the photos and particularly the rear view of the peacock. Ha..... who would have thought to even look there, but the feathers look amazing from that angle. We have some wonderful taxidermy birds and small animals at home. They are a family heirloom that my husband's grandmother did, about 100 yrs ago. Yes, they do sit in a glass cabinet but they look superb. Next time you come our way for a workshop, you'll have to call in to have a look.

    1. Wow, I've never heard of taxidermied animals and birds as family heirlooms! That's certainly an interesting family history you have, and I'd love to have a look when I'm down your way again next year.