MIKE EDMONDSON PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY
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Mike is a self taught photographer; he has been a professional for 20 years and was brought up in a family who showed him that “if you want to do something, go out & do it!”
What once began as a hobby has developed into a high level skill. The mountains snow and bush have been part of his life since he was small. Mike believes many of us have lost touch with our natural environment and hopes his photographs serve as a catalyst in re-establishing our links with nature…..
In 1995 Mike won the Australian Ski Photographer of the Year Award and in 1996 the Professional Colour Section of the Wild Rivers National Photographic Competition, for “Hidden Snowcave” (No 27). This competition was judged by Peter Dombrovskis & Ian Kiernan. Mike has won other awards for his photography including in 2003 the International Year of the Mountains Photography Award for “Kosciuszko Sunset” (No 61). In 2004-5 the Jindabyne Easter Art Show “Alpine Sunrise” (No 4) & “Blood Red Snowgum” won first prizes in the Photography Section. In 2006 “Alpine Stream” was highly commended.
Mike has an extensive film library, a large range of postcards and is available to work on consignment.
All 35mm images were taken with a Nikon FE2, Nikon F90 or an Olympus digital C-8080. All panorama images have been taken with a Linhof Technorama 617 camera. All images are printed on Archival Kodak SUPRA Endura Gloss paper.
My appreciation of mountains began through family skiing, fishing and camping expeditions into the Alps. In a makeshift wooden fruit box on handmade skis, I was towed through the hills near Kiandra, and slept under shady snow gums. I was learning to bushwalk, ski and camp at the age of three. My early childhood outings to the Kiandra Bushcraft and Brindabella-Mt Franklin ski clubs still bring back hazy memories. These early years instilled within me a deep connection with the Alps.
In later years, as a student, my family made regular weekend trips to the Illawarra and Canberra Alpine Ski Clubs. Our family of six would often ski between Smiggin Holes and Perisher Valley at night, carrying our weekend supplies in loaded packs, on wooden skis with leather boots and cable bindings. Having to deal with all snow and weather conditions, we learnt how to ski efficiently and to feel at home in the snow country. Skiing the runs near Watson’s Crags from ten years of age, during extended family trips into the mountains, has given me a respect and appreciation of these steep slopes. As I was drawn back into the mountains time and again to explore this unique area, my camera became a tool with which I could express the unforgettable beauty I encountered.
Completing an Applied Science degree in biology and ecology in nearby Canberra provided the way for me to eventually live and work in the mountains. Studying the names of alpine plant and animal species impressed upon me the importance of understanding and conserving this special place.
For me, the underlying important principal is the appreciation and love of the Alps that comes from being a part of them.
This connection is a priceless, immeasurable dimension.
Gallery Opening Hours
Summer : 9am-4pm Monday to Sunday.
All Photography Copyright © Mike Edmondson