Germany 1945 – Australia 1996
Macquarie Island, Tasmania
Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 2002
Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C colour photograph
Peter Dombrovskis, one of Australia’s best known wildlife photographers, was inevitably drawn to the Antarctic wilderness as a subject. His image of Macquarie Island suggests both the lush environment of the sub-Antarctic Island in summer but also, by the inclusion of the boilers of the old penguin oil refinery, the past era of human occupation. Dombrovskis stood in the same place Hurley had almost seventy-five years before to photograph the teeming penguin rookery on The Nuggets beach.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra