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Ordinary Places: North West Tasmania


Moss, T, Ordinary Places: North West Tasmania, The Atrium Gallery, Cradle Coast campus, University of Tasmania, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia (2011) [Minor Creative Work]

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As a Tasmanian photographer with a major focus on landscape works, I am very familiar with the iconic imagery associated with our island. From the jagged coastlines of the West coast, to the (sometimes) snow-covered peaks of Cradle Mountain and Mount Wellington, to the untouched wilderness of the South West, these places are known to many. They have been photographed beautifully and powerfully for generations, and the associated images can be found on posters, calendars, pocket diaries, postcards, and even T-shirts and coffee mugs. These are the visual ‘stock’ that seem to represent Tasmania, both for Tasmanians, and more broadly. They are extraordinary images that show an island made up of extraordinary places. But these are not the places I seem to find myself in for my own photographic practice. Nor is this untouched beauty the language I use to communicate my own vision of Tasmania, particularly since moving to the North West coast late in 2009. Rather, I find myself intrigued and challenged by the Tasmania that I find on everyday roads, the places that exist between those that are named on the tourist maps. Ordinary places. It is in these ordinary places where I find my own vision of the beauty that is so characteristic of our island; in the golden light that streams through twisted branches of a once-green tree at Natone; in the decaying geometry of a worn-out shed at Cuprona; in the subtle invitation of an open, rusted gate leading into a field of green at Stowport. All are explorations of the role we play in shaping the environment around us, while simultaneously questioning the permanency of this impact, as sheds collapse, gates rust, and concrete crumbles. This vision of Tasmania is every bit as powerful and breathtaking as the more iconic images described above, and it is seen every day, through the windscreens of cars and the kitchen windows of those lucky enough to live here. In this exhibition I seek to share some of these ordinary places. The photographic works showcase the ordinary places of North-West Tasmania, and encourage viewers to look through their windows differently, and to reflect on our own role in shaping this possibility of ordinary beauty.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:Place, photography, aesthetics
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Aesthetics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Moss, T (Dr Tim Moss)
ID Code:105826
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-01-15
Last Modified:2016-04-04

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