Peter Dombrovskis was one of the world’s foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian wilderness had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment.
Dombrovskis died in 1996 at the age of only 51, just where he would have chosen, in the Tasmanian wilderness. The National Library in Canberra has an exhibition of 70 works chosen from their holding of 3000, running from 21st September to 30th January 2018. Don’t miss it.
The image above is from the NLA site. You can see more of these glorious images here:
Peter Dombrovskis was a born Tasmanian. That he was actually born of Latvian parents in Wiesbaden, Germany, and arrived in Australia with his mother when he was three years old, means little; it is not so much where you are born as where you are shaped that counts. Tasmania shaped Peter Dombrovskis. He did what so many local-born people failed to do: he loved his home. Passionately. Peter’s perambulations into the remote Tasmanian wilderness shaped his love for, and affinity with the natural world – and as a consequence, it also helped to shape ours. The photos that he brought back spoke of a magic land: a place of mystery, a landscape largely unknown; with delicate natural gardens and unbelievable trees; of wild rivers and ragged mountains. In a continent largely modified by humans, the island of Tasmania was seen, rightly, as primeval. It still is.
Go to this site to learn more about Dombrovskis and see more of his work.