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Desert Dwellers of Namibia Photographic Exhibition

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
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Africa's Raw Beauty
Namibia, in the south-west of Africa, is one of the world's great wilderness destinations. The landscapes and wildlife are just extraordinary.

Namibia elephant
The Little Trumpeter, 2016 Helen Lewis

This year, as part of the Fringe Festival, there will be a very special photographic exhibition on display to the public in the hallways of the Women's and Children's Hospital in North Adelaide. The works are just a sampling of the stunning photos taken by Adelaide nature photographer, Helen Lewis on her first overseas photographic adventure to Africa in 2016.

The exhibition is a showcase of 16 of her photos from the 3-week trip to this ancient and wild land and includes breathtaking images of wildlife visits to waterholes, the bush, grasslands and desert sands.

Namibia squirrel
Namibian Ground Squirrel, 2016 Helen Lewis

Namibia is known to be one of the best places on Earth for seeing and photographing wildlife. There are very few places in the world that compare with the sheer number of remarkable animals that can be seen in their native habitats. Namibia is home to 26 parks and reserves and has the largest free-roaming population of black rhino in Africa.

Choosing just 16 photos from her extensive photographic collection must have been difficult, and putting this exhibition together has certainly been a labour of love. "I learned much, I loved even more, I am so grateful." said Helen.

Namibia zebra herd
Did you Know a Group of Zebra's is called a Zeal?, 2016 Helen Lewis

Helen has captured Namibian life so well. In her images we can see all of the beauty of this wild country - her photos take us to a place we'd all love to visit and see, but most of us never will. Go and see these photos, enjoy them and consider purchasing one or a few.

Helen is a staff member of the Women's and Children's Health Network and is proudly supported in her first solo exhibition by TeamKids (the Women's and Children's Foundation) who deliver the 'Arts in Health' program at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Namibia yellow-billed hornbill
Yellow-billed Hornbill, 2016 Helen Lewis

The TeamKids team manage 4 galleries within the hospital as part of a program that aims to make the spaces 'look better' and the time spent in hospital 'feel better'. Having beautiful art to look at is a positive distraction for patients, their families and staff, improving people's health and wellbeing.

Desert Dwellers of Namibia can be found in Gallery A - on the ground floor near the Hospital School and Allied Health.

The exhibition will be open from 17th February through to 19th March 2017 and is free to view. The artworks are for sale with part proceeds used to purchase art materials for children to use whilst in hospital.

Namibia 4 giraffes
Long way for a drink, 2016 Helen Lewis

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Why? A very special exhibition of photographs
When: 17th February to 19th March 2017
Where: Womens and Childrens Hospital, Kermode Street, North Adelaide
Cost: Free
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