A recent communications graduate and writer based on the Central Coast NSW
Published October 16th 2012
A place for coffee, company & curiosity of nature's beauty
The Ken Duncan Gallery at Erina NSW is one of three galleries in Australia showcasing the famous photographer's work. Admission is free and it is conveniently located on the Central Coast Highway, without typical main road traffic and noise. Adjoining the gallery is the Sanctuary Cafe which offers modern indoor dining, as well as outdoor seating overlooking the lush bushland. The cafe was a delightful and tranquil experience where my partner and I enjoyed marshmallow mochas and fresh scones before stepping into the spacious viewing area.
We spent a good half an hour pacing from picture to picture, admiring Ken Duncan's unique panoramic landscape photography and reading his insightful captions. Displayed were a diverse collection of his work, both local and international. The gallery showcased some of Australia's natural beauty, including the outback, seascapes, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, rainforests, country living and cityscapes. There were magnificent wide stretch photographs of local Central Coast beaches, Wamberal and Terrigal, which were classic examples of the photographer's unique panoramic style. One of our favourites however, featured a huge bull elephant in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. The caption revealed that the mighty beast picked up Ken's scent just as he took the shot and began to charge, but stopped after only a few paces. The danger factor added an extra hint of authentic beauty to the already powerful photograph.
The spacious viewing area
There is also a theatre inside the gallery where Ken Duncan's audio visual presentations are run daily between 10:30am and 3:30pm. Currently showing are The Light/Reflections which runs for approximately 20 minutes, and Creating the 3rd Dimension with a running time of 50 minutes. Entry is $3 for 'The Light/Reflections and $10 for 'Creating the 3rd Dimension', and children under the age of twelve are free when accompanied by two paying adults.
All displayed works in the gallery are on sale and range from $100 - $5500. But if you're like me and want a cheaper photographic souvenir of your Ken Duncan experience, then take a look at the store on your way out. There are posters, books, calendars, cards, jigsaw puzzles, desktop prints, multimedia products and limited edition prints.
Highly recommended for both locals and tourists looking for a thoughtful and elegant artistic experience, the Ken Duncan Gallery will stimulate the senses and increase your awareness of the beauty of the natural world.