Merging with takayna - Tarkine in Motion Artists
Forest merge photograph above by Wendy McDougall, body painting by Orly Faya.
The following artists have contributed to the making of 'Merging with takayna'. Artists appear in alphabetical order and samples of their work used in the film are displayed as images below each artist description. We celebrate the generous contribution of all Tarkine in Motion artists to the campaign to Protect takayna and give thanks to the tireless work of the Bob Brown Foundation to defend Earth's wild places.
SCOTT BIRD is a singer/songwriter, recording and touring artist, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and teacher and has dedicated his life to songs. “I grew up in a physical environment that left an indelible mark on my soul. I come from the wild places and through my music, I endeavour to recreate this physical space and transport the listener into these surroundings.” Scott is a co-owner of Riversong Music and custodian of The Valley Wilderness Retreat. Scott co-wrote, produced and recorded the soundtrack 'Red Blood Moon' for Merging with takayna, with Melissa Black. www.thevalley.net.au
TRUDI BIRD is the co-founder of Riversong Music, an independent record label based on the Central Coast of NSW. She has been involved in artist development and producing independent music for almost 30 years with her partner Scott Bird, and has a passion for photography, film and visual art. Trudi grew up in Redpa with takayna as her playground and her family continue to live and farm in Redpa today. Trudi is also a custodian of The Valley Wilderness Retreat. www.thevalley.net.au
MELISSA BLACK is a classically trained pianist, singer songwriter and recording artist. Her music has always come from a deep connection with nature and the emotional strength which comes from recognising those bonds. The supporting visual pieces which were filmed entirely on location in takayna were created to accompany the release of ‘The Eden Project’, her debut five track EP. www.melissablack.com.au | Images of Melissa Black below are by Wendy McDougall, body painting by Orly Faya.
DAN BROUN is a wilderness photographer and film maker specialising in remote area work. He has a deep affection for Tasmania's wild places. Dan is also the curator of the Tarkine In Motion arts initiative.
TIM COPE - National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007, Australian Adventurer of the year 2006 - is a 39 year old from Gippsland, Victoria (Australia), who is pursuing a life of adventure, writing, and film. Tim, who speaks fluent Russian, and guides in Siberia, and Mongolia, has spent the best part of a decade travelling Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. Most of all Tim enjoys coming to know people in their home environments by traveling in traditional and local ways. His most renowned journey was a three and a half year odyssey from Mongolia to Hungary by horse on the trail of Genghis Khan and in the spirit of the nomads of the steppe. www.timcopejourneys.com
CHRIS FOX - Chris brings his engineering and technical innovation to Ignite Digi. He is their chief pilot, designer and engineer. If you want the camera moved, he will make it so. Whether flying the drone, wearing the MōVI or driving the MōVI mounted car around, he understands the demands of a film set and strives to save minutes of the shoot day by engineering efficient and safe designs.
TOM WAUGH - Tom brings his creative eye to Ignite Digi. He is their in house cinematographer, MōVI controller and editor. His AFTRS cinematography training, years of camera assisting and on set work have prepared him well for this role. Whether working in the creative team discussing the next shot, pulling focus or operating the MōVI, Tom understands visual storytelling and brings both creative and technical knowledge to productions.
GABRIELLE EVE is a visual artist from Far North Queensland who uses a wide variety of mediums to express her creative perspective, including filmmaking, photography, creative writing, sculpture and digital art. By being a part of the Tarkine in Motion project and experiencing the primordial magic of Tarkine Forest first hand, she hopes to make tangible the importance and relevance of these sacred spaces, and why we need to care about their preservation. View more of her work on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/grabrielleve
ORLY FAYA – 16 years world traveller, internationally recognised award winning body painter with a background in Anthropology, Orly delves deep into the enquiry of what it means to be a human being and ceaselessly expresses her art whilst following her heart. Nowadays, specialising in mimitism (camouflage), Orly's current expressions are a moving living creative and expansive entity that represents her passion for re-merging humanity with the earth from which we came, sustainable conscious living, healing the sacred feminine as we learn to respect our mother earth and advocacy for balancing commercial gain with global and local contributions. Facebook | Instagram | www.orlyfaya.com | Images of Melissa Black's body painting by Orly Faya shown below are by Wendy McDougall.
FRANCOIS FOURIE - Born and raised in South Africa, Francois had ambitions to travel the world once he completed school. After living out of a backpack for eight years, Francois settled in Tasmania with his family. He is an accomplished night sky, landscape and subterranean photographer and was heavily involved in the first midwinter Aurora Festival. www.ffourie.com
DAN HALEY is an outdoor educator and visual communicator with a focus on interactions with the Tasmanian natural environment. Primarily he works through still and moving imagery, but additionally explores a variety of creative medias to express the effect of environment on his life.
DANIEL JOHNSON is a landscape photographer from Melbourne, Australia. His passion for venturing out and hiking to various locations in dramatic weather conditions, day or night, means that he is able to capture mother nature at her greatest and most dramatic beauty. Daniel's passion is in shooting time-lapse as a way of representing the natural and urban landscape. www.danieljohnsonphotography.net
FRASER JOHNSON - Fraser is an Emmy nominee and passionate advocate for science communication and citizen science, Fraser holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Journalism Media and Communications. Combining these skill sets with a background in graphic design, photography and film Fraser has applied these skills producing science and research related stories in a variety of different digital and print formats. www.crowsnestmedia.com
LUCY LANDON-LANE - How deep is our relationship with nature? How can we express this connection to life and our magnificent planet through our art? I seek to deepen this association through dance, ritual, and total immersion in the wild landscape of earth and sea and sky. I feel the beauty, feel the pain, dance the life force, draw the destruction, write the poetic expression of all that is happening around us. Take positive action to preserve our precious home planet. Image of Lucy Landon-Lane show below was filmed by Dan Broun.
ALAN LONG is a Tasmanian landscape photographer and a patient purveyor of timelapse. He is inspired by the rugged beauty of the Tasmanian landscape, often trekking solo into the wilderness in pursuit of images whilst enjoying many hours of awe of the pristine Tassie environment. Being a surfer whilst growing up meant that most of his spare time was spent exploring Tassies windswept coastline, but in later years Al discovered the joys of the Tasmanian interior, such as its rocky peaks, sparkling lakes and lush forests. Al uses his photography to capture and share these beautiful places with others that may not get the chance to see it for themselves. www.alanlongphoto.com
WENDY MCDOUGALL is an award-winning Sydney based freelance photographer, artists and filmmaker who creates visual imagery designed to entertain, stimulate and educate. Wendy started her photographic career in the music business in 1980, making iconic pictures of iconic Australian music acts. From this platform Wendy branched into theatre, film and television as well as documentary photography. Wendy has also created many artworks and has exhibited her work since 1984. In October 2018 she became the first recipient of a Music Photographer Award at the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards, acknowledging her body of work. www.wendymcdougall.com.au | Facebook | Instagram | Wendy's images from the film shown below are of Melissa Black, body painting by Orly Faya.
NICK MONK is a landscape photographer based in the Huon region of Tasmania. Whilst he shoots a variety of landscapes, his passion is wilderness photography. This passion has ignited a desire to help preserve wilderness, and his photography is now being used on regular basis by groups such as the Bob Brown Foundation, Save The Tarkine, and The Wilderness Society to bring awareness to the cause. http://nickmonkphotography.com
MARCUS MORRELL is a Tasmanian filmmaker and photojournalist based on the north west coast. Since formal studies Marcus has specialised in surf, adventure & music documentary, honing his craft both nationally and internationally. His first feature length film 'Metanoia' was selected for screening at the 2015 Sydney Surf Film Festival.
ELLA RICHMOND is a young Tasmanian photographer and film-maker who loves to capture the essence of a moment through portraiture. Ella has travelled to over 20 countries and along the way has captured the people of the places she has visited. Ella will photograph and interview the people who make Tarkine in Motion happen, she will share the experiences of the place through photos and videos. Facebook | Instagram
JAMES STONE is a multi-award winning nature, night-sky and time-lapse photographer who loves the great light and amazing opportunities for escaping into the wilderness that his adopted home of Tasmania provides. James has taken part in similar collaborative art ventures, including the Elysium Artists for the Arctic expedition helping to highlight the impacts of climate change in the Arctic. www.james-stone.com