19.01.2014 Horseshoe Falls

Growing up in Tasmania, I developed a deep respect for the landscapes around me. I was fortunate to be borne of parents who were keen bushwalkers and we would regularly take hiking trips into the state's spectacular National Parks. The island state was a wondrous playground for the young and adventurous. Whether it was an easy day hike or an epic 10-day mission, I would always marvel at the landscapes we passed through.

These days I have fewer opportunities to visit Tasmania. Since moving away at the age of 18, I rarely return home more than once a year. As a consequence my ventures into the wilderness are few and far between. Over the recent Christmas break I made the trip home to see my family. As always I was keen to get out and shoot some landscapes.

Mount Field National Park is home to some of the state's most well known waterfalls. Arriving late in the afternoon, we made our way up to Horseshoe Falls through the rainforest. With the last light of the day fading from the sky I set up my tripod by the falls.

This image draws inspiration from the work of Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, whose work has been integral to many campaigns for the protection of the Tasmanian wilderness. This photo was taken with an ultra-wide angle lens and a neutral density filter, allowing for a 30-second exposure. It captures something about Tasmania that have treasured from a very young age. I can only hope that future generations may have the same opportunity.