Iconic photographer Ken Duncan has travelled Australia and the world, visiting some exotic and picturesque areas, gaining acclaim along the way for his pioneering work in panoramic landscapes and limited edition prints.
He has produced several books, has had his works exhibited in multiple galleries and on Australia Day 2009 he was honoured nationally when he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the arts and his local Central Coast community. His list of achievements are extensive, with others including an ARIA Award for a Midnight Oil album cover and The Gold Tripod from the Photo Imaging Council of Australia.
The image of Burra Homestead on Midnight Oil's Diesel & Dust album cover that won Ken an ARIA Award
Ken's photography of World Heritage areas, such as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, has also helped raise awareness of Australia's natural resources and the need to protect them. He does his bit by using only plantation pine timber for his frames and packaging that is environmentally-friendly, amongst minimisation of resource wastage.
He continues to evolve with new technology and the use of a multitude of formats and media, from 3D to cinematography. With his own gallery in Erina Heights, he screens his own documentaries, teaches all things photography in workshops and tours and you can even post your photos online for him to critique.
Exhibits change regularly and a stunning new exhibition is now showing, titled World of Light, which demonstrates his ability to capture the essence of places far and wide. It features 22 images taken in Australia and overseas, from our remote outback to the spectacle of the Northern Lights in Norway and wildlife in Africa, Asia and the Arctic. His views of our planet are awe-inspiring, showing his talent and style.
This exhibition is open daily to the public 10am-5pm, from now until 31 December. Entry is free at this beautiful gallery (address below) set in the natural bush with landscaped gardens. A number of products are for sale – including calendars, jigsaw puzzles, posters and Christmas cards – all featuring Ken's images. If you're hungry, you're covered too with the Sanctuary Cafe onsite, open for breakfast and lunch with a menu that is modern Australian. There's alfresco dining on the terrace in summer and cosy tables by the fire in winter.
Whether or not you live on the Central Coast, this exhibit is one worth visiting if not for just reflecting on the sheer beauty of our world. Don't miss out on seeing it as it will be gone before you know it. Out-of-towners, could make it a road trip and combine a visit to the gallery with one of the many Christmas events on in the region at this time of year.