Divinity and the Savage Rock embraces the Romantic tradition in reflecting the emotional world of the artist. The pink granite of the waterway emerges as an unattainable mountain, evoked in a sublime interaction of light with tumbling water. We perceive the vastness of cloud, fog, rain, wind and the blinding energy of light in this veiled landscape of hidden depths and seemingly infinite space. The certainty of the landscape vanishes as we sense that we too, as the viewer, may be part of this landscape. The photograph provokes the atmosphere and awe of nineteenth century landscape painting.
The source of my imagery is a waterhole nestled in the Great Dividing Range near my home in the Vale of Clwydd NSW. The sense of awe from nature is powerful and I am compelled to capture sublime images beyond my comprehension, enticed by the heightened feelings of the distance of space I can never reach. Vast unfathomable landscapes are seized from the flowing water with the pressing of the shutter button. There is no digital manipulation. Specks of light on the water become illuminated brushstrokes with the photographs capturing the essence of the wildness and the unpredictability of nature.

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Image detail: Gary Ramage