Mt Aspiring & Dragonfly Peak from Mt Alta on the Buchanan Range. The Matukituki valley floor is on the left.
On Sunday I will be travelling to the Whare Kea Chalet on Mt Dragonfly above the Albert Burn Saddle saddle at 1750 metres on the Buchanan range, to commence my artist in residency project there.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to develop & pursue some new (& old) photographic techniques. The project is made possible through the wonderful generosity & vision of Louise & Martyn Myer.
They established the Kenneth Myer Artist’s / Writer’s Retreat in 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of Martyn’s father Kenneth. He had a long involvement in the visual and performing arts and the environment. Kenneth was chairman of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust for three decades, and a board member of the Art Gallery of New South Wales for a number of years. As with the present generation of his family, he had a great affinity for the mountains and was an enthusiastic trout fisherman.
I will be following in the very impressive and elegant boot prints of the first recipients of the residency award, Martin Hill & Philippa Jones, who created some spectacular ephemeral sculptures as part of their inspirational Watershed Project.
The Albert Burn Saddle is situated high above the East Matukituki Valley…. one of my very favourites ….. & looks directly across to the Coxcomb ridge of Mt Aspiring and the spectacular Kitchener cirque with the Turnbull Thomson falls pounding down its eastern face. I will be accompanied by my wonderful daughter Erica, an enthusiastic environmentalist who is also a keen photographer. While she was a student at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka a decade and a half ago, we went on several exciting expeditions & arduous tramps in the surrounding valleys together. Especially into the Upper Wilkin, the Kitchener and the Siberia valleys. More details about many aspects of my project and plans will follow soon.
My first visit to the spectacular chalet was in July 2004. Several of my images from that trip still appear on the chalet website including the opening masthead shot.
Please note that I am a total newby to the world of blogging. Hopefully you will see some significant improvements as our journey progresses.