Brodie Bott

New perspective for photographer

IT'S a breath of fresh air for Robyn Finlayson, who has renewed inspiration and motivation since opening a new gallery at Urangan.

The award-winning photographer spent six years exhibiting her works at Hervey Bay Marina but was after a change. So, after a busy few weeks, Ms Finlayson and her husband, Wayne, have opened Fraser Island Gallery, formerly Photoscapes.

“It's amazing,” Ms Finlayson said while looking around her gallery at Peppers Pier Resort yesterday.

“It's such a breath of fresh air, the whole environment.”

Mr Finlayson was rapt too with his office view of Urangan beach and pier.

It was by far a better spot for their gallery than the marina, the pair agreed, with undercover parking for customers, more windows filtering natural sunlight and better wall space.

Ms Finlayson has received a good reaction from tourists, locals and Salt Cafe diners since opening a week ago.

There is still a bit of work to do with new light fittings to be delivered soon but Ms Finlayson has already printed and hung some of her latest works, with plenty more coming ahead of Christmas.

One of those is the beautiful Yidney Rocks Sunset taken on Fraser Island and printed on super gloss Fujiflex photographic paper in Sydney.

Ms Finlayson has been drawn to Fraser Island since moving to Hervey Bay from Brisbane in 1998. She enjoys exploring white silica dunes, spending hours studying both light and landscape and capturing threatening clouds.

In June she won two accolades at the prestigious Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards in Sydney.

She received a silver and a silver distinction for two images of dunes, both taken at her favourite island spot, Sandy Cape.

Ms Finlayson was also the 2009 winner of five silver awards in the Queensland competition and in 2008 was the Queensland runner-up landscape photographer of the year.

Fraser Island Gallery also features photographs by Brisbane-based artist Darren Jew. Mr Jew is the 2009 and 2007 Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year. He is fond of capturing turtle hatchlings, seaside cliffs and creeks.

The gallery is open every day from 8.30am to 5pm however Mr and Ms Finlayson are looking into extending hours into the night over summer.

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