Tarkine in Motion Sunday Updates

Dan Broun is a photographer and film maker with a passion for the Tarkine matched by his wide smile and creative flair for creating this remarkable project. The locations logistics and attracting most of the artists was all Dan's hard work. He started his Tarkine in Motion as he does best, Wilderness trekking, as he climbed Mt Livingstone and then with Nicole Anderson he climbed Mt Edith.

While some of us were staying in cabins in the tiny West Coast hamlets of Arthur River and Corinna, others packed their backpacks loaded with their gear and set off in to the wilderness. Like Dan Broun they were setting off to capture the remote corners of this wild and scenic Tarkine.

On Saturday afternoon when Dan came to meet us at Sarah Ann Rocks, I could not but hug him as our huge smiles just said, yes we have created something incredible together.

Our collaborative effort was taking shape with wide reaching impacts, these impacts that will be felt for a long time. Already we are both thinking about Tarkine in Motion #2. Even before this one is over.

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller

In Dan's own words, his Sunday played out like this:

"After a late night up watching the lunar eclipse morning came with a little light rain on the tent at Kings run.

The rain stopped almost as quick as it started and I did some filming with Carmen Hannay and started organising the day for all of the other artists.

Several went back to the Rapid River logging coupe, others decided Kings run was their thing for today some more went down to the dunes at the Thornton River.

We filmed dancing on the shoreline and met new people just into town today Kelly Alexander came up from Corinna and is now camping on the coast, Loic Le Guily and Daniel Johnson are heading the other way back to Corinna.

The Dosie-Dow of artists all over the Tarkine continues with big smiles and much creativity." 


We are nearing the end of Tarkine in Motion, and many artists don't want to move on from their Tarkine locations that they have been immersed in. One of our artists, Catherine Blackmore who is a painter, has been based on the North Coast of the Tarkine, capturing images for inspiration for her paintings.

Photo: Catherine Blackmore


Photo: Catherine Blackmore


Photo: Catherine Blackmore


Photo: Catherine Blackmore


While some of our artists have been located in Arthur River and Corinna, there are others who have been remotely located, roaming independently and headed to the Tarkine before the Easter break so they could also be involved.

Al Long, who was the first to venture out to the Tarkine and started the creating phase of Tarkine In Motion, is a Tasmanian photographer. His images he captured are hauntingly beautiful, showing a remarkable landscape that is the Tarkine. Here is a sneak preview.

Photo: Al Long
Photo: Al Long

Laurie Davison has been based deep in the forests, here are some of his photographs of Tarkine rainforests. Reminding us of the fact that the Tarkine is the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and the second largest tract of temperate rainforest left on the planet.

Nelson Bay River. Photo: Laurie Davison

Wes Beckett Falls. Photo: Laurie Davison

Alex Palmer, videographer, Paul Hoelen, photographer and Mark Downie, guide, have been working hard interviewing, capturing portraits of the artists and guiding artists through the Tarkine. So this morning they took some time out to ride some wild west coast waves and then got back to the business of making Tarkine in Motion flow!

"Surfed the jurasically grand Mt Cameron West with Mark Downie and Paul Hoelen in the morning. Filmed Kate Case, jewellery maker, fossiking on the shoreline and Lucy Langdon-Lane dance the Eagle dance among the atmospheric Kings Run Rocks," Alex Palmer.


Videoing the artists

 Rainforest rich and rare - logging continues in the last remaining temperate rainforests of the Tarkine...

This is not profitable, is an environmental crime and we are here to expose the atrocity.

Rapid River coupe named RD019A is a unprotected area that is contiguous with a large tract of Myrtle rainforest running through the centre of the Tarkine. This tract of rainforest, colloquially known as the Myrtle Corridor in the Savage River Regional Reserve.The Regional Reserve forests were protected from logging until the recent Tasmanian Liberal Government legislated to open regional reserves to logging. RD019A borders the reserve, and artists have been visiting these threatened forests in the last days while involved with Tarkine in Motion. RD019A is a proposed logging area of 60 hectares, it is a sad victim of the appalling Tasmanian Forest Agreement process that left out pure rainforest coupes in the Tarkine for logging after the industry pressure to keep them available for logging.

Kate Case is a jewellery maker, and her photos of these threatened forests have captured the ancient forests from the trees to the fungi floor.


Photo: Kate Case


Photo: Kate Case


Photo: Kate Case


Further east of the Rapid River forests, in the Tarkine, is a logging area named MB079A, currently these ancient forests are being logged.  

"If you are thinking about buying a coffee table or putting new floorboards in your house, have a look at this picture and reflect on these old growth timbers and where they come from, what is more important, this living classroom for future generations or a coffee table? A lot of the wood will never be used in furniture and a large part is wasted and burnt. If this is profitable I'd love to see the numbers because the timber is owned by the State, that is it is owned by the people of Tasmania," Simon Westaway, Australian Actor, NSW Australia Ambassador.


Images by Simon Westaway - Ancient Forests lost to a coffee table or left as a living classroom?


Images by Simon Westaway - Ancient Forests lost to a coffee table or left as a living classroom?


Lost to a coffee table?


A living classroom


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  • Bodil Conroy
    commented 2015-04-10 09:13:22 +1000
    Well this is our beautiful country and a very special spot in Tasmania. We need to bring the world here to see for themselves what is being threatened. Sustainable forests needs to be the catch-phrase not “old Growth” destruction.