Embracing the corny tourism-type lingo (rather than smartly shying away from it) I have decided to sort my recent photographs of Tasmania into groups of M; Market, Materials, MONA and Mountains. Besides making it easier to curate my hoards of images down to only 20, it is also the four main things I really adored about Hobart.

1} The Salamanca Market was rich in colour, texture and delicious food related smells – not to mention a bizarre plaque for a man that was killed tragically by ‘the blow from a whale’.

2} The Material palette of Hobart was vastly different to what we left behind in Melbourne. Historic Sandstone brought a sense of warmth to the bitter climate, vibrant autumn leaves a rich texture, structures of detailed brick in a variety of cheery hues and magnificent industrial landscapes which rested pleasantly into the surrounding greenery. The overall material colour scheme of Hobart was a spectrum of sunny colours, worlds away from Melbourne’s bluestone domination.  

3} MONA, which was the main purpose for the trip, offered diverse and sometimes confronting pieces of art of a variety of scales and themes. Nestled amongst some captivating architectural moments it was hard not to appreciate how the design collaborated with the art to harness light, shadow and effect within the space/s.

I always love when good architecture contributes and plays with your emotions and orientation within a gallery.

4} The Mountains within Hobart seem to follow you around. From every vantage point within the small city you can see Mount Wellington looming in the background. Whilst being dramatic and picturesque from the ground it soon became my favourite thing for the trip as we began to wind up its perimeter and hit it’s snow covered top.

I’ll now finish off the post with my favourite photograph from the trip (I guess for the purposes of themes I’ll title this section ‘Mayhem’).

Taken at MONA in a blackened room with constant intense strobe lighting the piece of art was a circular purple orb with green hands coming out of it. Each hand was at a different stage of being open and closed and were holding a white ball. When spinning the mind perceives the hand as moving. It was, however, spinning at such a high speed and when teamed with the strobe lighting made you want to vomit. I did capture this image just before I felt too uncomfortable and the result I thought was quite impressive. As the image was captured at a high resolution I was able to zoom in to have a good look. It is grotesquely beautiful.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my big sister Jacinta and my brother-in-law Hamish (Molloy House Post) for suprising me with this MONA/Hobart trip. It was very very generous and gratefully appreciated!

*All images by Thebowernest (Caitlin Perry) please credit if used and link back to site. 

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  1. chicfantastique #
    May 2, 2012

    You’ve written an art piece. Wonderfully inspiring. I would love to visit Tas Mania one day. From another letter M – Michaela x

    • May 2, 2012

      Thanks Michaela! It is amazing what you can fit into a weekend. You just can’t beat the feeling of being in a new city and finding your way.

      Hopefully you will get to Hobart one day soon! 🙂

  2. May 2, 2012

    I wish I saw that strobe light when I was there. It looks amazing! Great photos!

  3. Jacinta #
    May 2, 2012

    You’re very, very welcome 🙂 We knew that you and Rob would love it. Can’t wait to catch up and have a big chat about it all. I absolutely love all of these photos – amazing! I took a photo of those terrariums to show you but had not gotten around to it! And snow on Mt Wellington! It was a hot day when we were up there in January. A very enjoyable blog entry xo

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