A new exhibition featuring the work of one of Victoria's most talented landscape photographers is now open in Ballarat.
Daylesford-born Mieke Boynton attended the opening of her display "One Year" at the Fairbanks Eye Gallery at the weekend.
It shows photographs taken by Ms Boynton over 12 months in locations all over the world, ranging from Norway, Madagascar, Iceland, Germany to the Victorian high country.
Ms Boynton was inspired to take up photography while living in the Kimberley. "I moved there in the wet season and the colours were unbelievable," she told The Courier.
After several years teaching, followed by work as a librarian, she made the leap to become a full-time landscape photographer in 2017.
After little over a year working full-time in the job, she has won the 2019 Victorian landscape photographer of the year title, gaining recognition from her fellow professionals at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
It looks almost monochromatic. The light is exquisite. It's unmistakably the Australian high country and I think that is why I love it so muchMieke Boynton on her photograph 'Ethereal'
That follows on from her winning the travel photographer of the year from the same organisation last year.
Ms Boynton attended the opening at the gallery on Friday and said it was difficult for her to choose a favourite among the images there. The photographs and the manner in which they are captured are impossible to separate, she said.
"Part of them is just the experience - because it's not created in your brain, because it is a real-life occurrence, it's the experience that makes it as special as the end result."
However, she did cite an image of the first snow on Mount Buffalo - called "Ethereal" - as a particularly special one.
"It's foggy and delicate," she said. "It looks almost monochromatic. The light is exquisite. It's unmistakably the Australian high country and I think that is why I love it so much."
The two other photographs published here are:
"Eystrahorn", which was taken in Iceland (see image, top). Ms Boynton writes:
"We'd left the hotel at around 3am to drive to the place where we knew we could see the mountain (Eystrahorn) at sunrise.
"Unfortunately there was cloud covering the mountain, but I found this pool of water, and I lay down in the wet grass at the edge and set up my tripod in the pool so my camera was just on top of the still water. Eventually, the cloud lifted just a little and this magnificent mountain was revealed!"
The other image is called "Ice Cold" and was taken in Norway. Ms Boynton writes: "There are only around four hours of daylight during the winter months, and the sun literally doesn't rise, but the light is wonderful.
"I found some amazing ice formations in a rock-pool at the edge of the Lyngenfjord and got into a place where the magnificent mountain (Store Vaggastind) was in the background."
- 'One Year' runs at the Fairbanks Eye Gallery at 917A Sturt Street until December 7. Admission is free.
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