Disappointed about my rookie mistake…the old post behind the head trick, that you don’t notice until you see it on the monitor … but I am happy to say that I had another game of chicken with a fox and this time I won! ✊????? ... See more
I’m usually out fossil hunting this time of year, but we gave it a miss this year so we could slow down after a busy start to the year. I captured this image on a quick bushwalk last night, I love this fence, I believe the land is owned by a quarry company, so it’s no longer used for rural purposes.
Unkempt and slowly becoming decrepit, now full of holes created mostly by roos, who prefer not to take the risk of jumping over it. Over the past few years of hiking to this location, it’s been interesting to see how nature is slowly taking it back. Some of you may recognise that it’s the same hole in the fence that I captured “Contemporary Chauvet” - a silhouette of a Fallow deer jumping through the fence, that I recently exhibited in “Semi-wild Australia” (You can see it on my website joshbett.com)
The gap in the fence seems to be the gateway for a wildlife corridor, so it’s a location I might target more often, as it fits the theme of disrupted landscapes that I like to capture. It would be nice to capture a roo jumping through it next, so that’s my next goal. ... See more
Here’s a few snaps from a 4wd trip through the Snowys yesterday. Anyone familiar with South-Eastern NSW, will be familiar with the wild brumbies of Kosciuszko National Park. The alpine regions of the Snowy Mountains are such a unique, beautiful part of our country and I had a great day exploring it yesterday, which resulted in my first close encounter with brumbies. I was photographing a small band of about 7 brumbies in the distance, when this mare suddenly appeared not far behind me. It had been separated from its herd that I was photographing and walked up a hill unaware of my presence until it got to the crest. It froze and intently stared at me, I was only alerted to its presence by the group of friends I was with, I turned to experience an amazing moment where we locked eyes, before it decided to make a dash past me to join its herd.
These brumbies have been a hot subject of debate in recent years, as numbers have tripled in the past 15 or so years to an estimated 6,000 brumbies roaming free in NSW alpine areas. They originally came from South Africa and India and were used by the Light Horse Brigade in World War I and World War II, and have since become a cultural icon of Australia. However like all introduced species, they have ecological consequences which damage our ecosystems of native flora and funa. Like all feral animals, when numbers become unsustainable they need controlling and that’s where we’re currently at. However wild horse management is an emotive and complex issue, causing much controversy here in Australia.
Regardless of the controversy, yesterday’s encounter has inspired me to make more of an effort to record these beautiful animals at this point in history. They have the potential to be the start of a new series of images.
#SeeAustralia #NSW #NewSouthWales #SnowyMountains #NSWNationalParks #Australia #Wild #Horse #Brumbie ... See more
Here’s the last selfie with Keith at the end of my exhibition today. I’m doing my best impression of him and looking a little semi-wild myself, after a massive two weeks! Thanks to everyone that showed their support, it was an overwhelmingly great response, which I really do appreciate, it gives me confidence and motivation to keep doing what I love doing. I met so many people, heard so many stories, told so many stories and I really enjoyed it.
I hope you all took something away, I don’t mean physically took something away, it wasn’t about selling prints, for me it was just something I’ve always wanted to do and more about spreading the message of LIFE! I hope it makes people contemplate, hopefully about how they value “life” and to respect it. Life is a massive privilege! Earth is teeming full of life yet Earth is a minuscule part of an unconceivably infinite universe, which as a far as we currently know, does not harbour life anywhere else. Don’t you just find that amazing? We are just a pale blue dot “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” As was, so elegantly put by the late, great Carl Sagan.
Every living thing on Earth has just as much right to live as you do, so respect all living things, starting with yourself.
I also hope my images have inspired some to get out and observe life, because no matter what it is, it’s all fascinating, photograph it, share it! Think more about the images you are composing, forget what others are doing, focus on what you love doing and don’t get too caught up in equipment and the technical side of things, although that can be fun too, it can restrict creativity.
That’s enough dribble from me, if you have purchased a print, thanks so much! I will be getting onto them tomorrow. If you weren’t able to make the exhibition, all good, they can all be seen on my website with descriptions joshbett.com
Lastly there were many comments about how Keith the Kangaroo looked painted and photoshopped on to the beautiful backdrop. So I feel compelled to share another image of Keith from that night, this one includes some more of the surrounds, so you can get a better idea of how it was captured. Head over to my Instagram to read more about the image instagram.com/josh.bett
jB ✌️ ... See more