Photos connect with land

CAPTURING the beauty that rests between the tourist icons of Australia, photographer Siegfried Manietta's work takes him to unseen natural splendour.

Mr Manietta (pictured) said people drove to the four corners of the country but missed out on 80,000 years of Aboriginal occupation which was more alluring than landmarks.

“I am constantly surprised on how vibrant our country was before we took ownership,” Mr Manietta said.

“Being able to capture the beauty of isolation is so important.”

Ten of Mr Manietta's photos are on display at the Local Artist Gallery at the Ipswich Art Gallery until September 29.

Titled Who speaks for this land, the photos have been chosen for their ability to resonate with the audience. Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee chairman Charlie Pisasale said rather than looking for the lush or picturesque images that many landscape photographers seek out, Mr Manietta looks for the marginal, ill-treated spaces.

“It is his desire to connect with the deep essence of the land that portrays his aesthetic sensibility,” Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said.

“He is committed to the image-making process and develops and prints all of his own photographic images.”


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