Launceston-based photographer Peter Daalder consistently travels around Tasmania in search of images that capture the essence of the State.
He has a finely-tuned eye for detail, visual contradictions, and the impacts on an island going through enormous change.
For his first thisTasmania portfolio we have selected images that show the diversity of Tasmania’s rural landscapes.
Just imagine coming from a country where the highest point of elevation is a mere 321 metres above sea level.
When I first arrived in Tasmania, from Holland, during August 1982, I immediately fell in love with this place. My first home had an imposing view of three mountains which surround the Launceston area.
Friends quickly taught me that the easiest way to remember their names was to think of Arthur wheeling his Barrow up Ben Lomond.
After discovering the joy of bushwalking, I have climbed many of Tasmania’s peaks.
However, as the years have gone by, I now prefer to capture Tasmania’s rural landscapes. Sadly, I feel that I am documenting a rapidly disappearing landscape, as prime farming land gives way to an ever increasing number of tree plantations.
There is much more to Tasmania than Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay and Port Arthur. I hope that through my photography, many others will discover the great beauty that can (still) be found in many parts of this island state. — Peter Daalder
Peter also produces a series of Tasmanian calendars. Visit his web site for more information.