Musings from a Heart-Shaped Island

Hasselblad 500cm

Forest and mist detail, Meander Falls Track

WAY HOME

We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, ...
Doctors Room in The Barracks Willow Court New Norfolk. Jade Austen Portra 160 film.

THE DOCTOR’S ROOM

Willow Court has been known by many names; Invalid Barracks, Colonial Hospital, Madhouse New Norfolk, Her Majesty’s Lunatic Asylum, Mental Diseases Hospital, Lachlan Park and Royal Derwent ...
Mount Ironstone viewed from the top of Syds Track on Ilford Delta 100 film

IRONSTONE

I can’t remember a lot about this day a month ago, except that it was very windy and the clouds were rolling across the mountain bringing occasional showers and rainbows. I followed one of ...
Hasselblad looking up to a blurred forest canopy on Kodak tri-x black & white film.

SOME DAYS ARE LIKE THAT

Journal Entry… 11.40am Cold. Sitting beside an unnamed creek on the Grail Falls Track, Walls of Jerusalem NP. Moss on everything. Sun shines weakly through the myrtle and sassafras tops. ...
Morning sunlight on Lake Parangana, Mersey Forest Tasmania. Captured on Tri-x film by Jade Austen.

LAKE PARANGANA

Located north of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Lake Parangana on the Mersey River is a man-made lake that is quite lovely on still mornings, especially if there’s mist hanging ...
Interior of Lady Lake Hut at the top of Higgs Track, Great Western Tiers.

HUT AT LADY LAKE

It was a Friday. It was the first snow of the season, so I went where I usually go when it snows. The first part of the track to Lady Lake Hut was fairly ordinary, Dale Brook was flowing fast ...
Dwarf myrtle forest in the Great Western Tiers on Ilford Delta 100 by Jade Austen

APRIL 23

Journal Entry …Syds Track. Searching for my final image before heading back down. Here amongst the dwarf myrtles the moss is verdant and bright green. The sky is overcast, light showers ...
I raise up my voice by Brigita Ozolins Hobart Tasmania

85 MACQUARIE STREET

I raise up my voice —not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Malala Work by Brigita Ozolins as part of the Hobart Current: Liberty exhibition. nipaluna / Hobart | ...
Lower Chasm Falls on Kodak Tri-X film

CHASM FALLS

Spiderwebs on my arms and in my face. Black cockatoos flying together shriek their delight. Water moves below. Yellow, brown and purple fungi whisper their first hello. There are three waterfalls ...
Sunrise on Kunanyi with hasselblad 500cm and tri-x

KUNANYI

Omali and I headed south for a weekend away. This was definitely one of the highlights; watching the early morning light over kunanyi / Mt Wellington from our hotel room. It was a good experience ...
Father and son at Princes Park Launceston on Ilford HP5

MONDAY MORNING

Originally a brickfield and site of raucous political rallies and even the hanging of two bushrangers in 1834, Princes Square is now an historic park with mature elm and oak trees, a fountain and ...
Morning sunlight on myrtles after rain | Portra 160

AFTER RAIN

Snow was forecast on this late winter day so we decided to keep the kids home from school and spend a night in Hills Hut up on Parsons Track. Overnight the snow fell as rain where we were and it ...
Japanese Heartnut and spring sky on Portra 400 film

UP

Took a visit to the Tasmanian Arboretum in Eugenana the other day. Saw part of the collection of 4,800 living trees from seven geographic locations around the world. It was a beautiful day ...

2.8 | 22

Comparison of two film scans, one taken at f2.8 and the other at f22. Hasselblad 500cm on Tri-X film | Meander Forest Reserve, Tasmania
Sunlight through trees on Delta 3200 film with Hasselblad 500cm

WALK

Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, ...
Sassafras leaves on tri-x black and white film

SASSAFRAS

Years ago the cinnamon-scented bark of the Blackheart Sassafras was used to brew an alcohol-free ale named Tanglefoot, which is said to have induced vivid dreams and ‘drunkenness’ among West ...
Rubber ring and reflections at Parsons Falls on Delta 100 film

SUMMER

For a moment I had the place to myself. Just me and the rubber ring. Despite its isolation and elevation (1,030m), Parsons Falls has become a hotspot for Tasmanian locals on summer weekends ...
Steam from mug of tea caught in window light at Lady Lake Hut on tri-x film

TEA

Just over one hour’s walk gets me to this hut on the Central Plateau. Lady Lake Hut is 1,130 metres above sea level and the walk is steep. Sometimes there is snow outside this window, ...