Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt. Celebrate the raw beauty of Middlehurst Station, one of New Zealand’s original high country runs.
Middlehurst Station is one of New Zealand’s original high country runs. It covers 16,550 hectares in the Upper Awatere Valley, Marlborough at the top of the South Island…
Owned and run by Willie and Susan Macdonald since 1998, Middlehurst extends right to the top of the rugged Inland Kaikoura Range. It’s classic high country ranging in altitude from 550 meters to 2,500 meters. The homestead is at 800 meters. The station’s other boundaries are the Awatere, Tone and Winterton Rivers.
Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt first visited Middlehurst Station in June 2015 and fell in love with the location. “It feels like ‘Middle Earth’ and you expect to see trolls and hobbits around every corner”. So enamoured are they with Middlehurst that it has now become an annual pilgrimage and is where they conduct their highly successful Photographic Artist Retreats.
This is remote New Zealand high country. When you stand on the top of a hill and look out as far as you can towards distant, snowcapped peaks, it’s breathtaking to realise this is all one station. Whether viewed from the air, or captured from the ground after forging into remote corners of the station, Middlehurst continues to provide thought provoking moments of inspired vision and endless possibilities.
In 2018, Peter won the AIPP Photography Book Award for his book ‘Middlehurst: Middle-Earth’, which was shot on location and the book went on to win the James H. Mayes Jr. Memorial Best of Show – (printed by Momento Pro) at the world renowned Printing Industries of America’s Premier Print Awards.
The images in this collection were taken by Tony & Peter during their visits over a 5 year period. They celebrate the raw beauty of this land, and their individual responses to it.
Peter Eastway is an Australian photographer known internationally for his landscape photography and creative use of post-production. A practising professional, he shoots editorially (mainly for Better Photography magazine) and works selectively in advertising and portraiture.
Tony Hewitt’s photographic journey has seen him explore the genres of Fine Art Photography, Landscape, Portrait, and Commercial. He has exhibited both within Australia and Overseas since 1995.
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