2016 Shark Bay – Inscription

by Les Walkling on December 23, 2013

LW_Downcast_Eyes_2013Les Walkling, Downcast Eyes 2013, Pigment Print, 1498mm x 1512mm

2016 Shark Bay – Inscription is the latest body of work by Ninety Degrees Five (ND5), a unique collaboration between four photographers, Les Walkling, Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and filmmaker Michael Fletcher. Prior to this, ND5 worked on The Pilbara Project and South West Light.

Our work is an engagement with nature and culture as landscape, memory and myth. It seeks to support environmentality as a permanent concern for humanists, and to encourage and reinforce public concern for the fate of the earth, and our responsibility to act on that awareness.

Shark Bay, the first known Australian landfall of a European in 1616, also symbolises our settler culture’s glancing and uncertain relationship with this country and its physical environment, and the importance of vision, innovation and imagination in changing minds, lives, and policy, as well as in composing words and images.

Our inaugural 2016 Shark Bay – Inscription exhibition is in Perth from the 5th to 24th December 2013 at:

Linton and Kay Perth City Gallery
Level 1/137 St Georges Terrace,
Perth, WA 6000
Phone: (08) 6465 4314
Web: www.lintonandkay.com.au
Email: perth@lintonandkay.com.au

And in Brisbane from 8th February to 24th May 2014 at:

Maud Creative
6 Maud Street
Newstead, QLD 4005
Phone: ( 07) 3216 1727
Web: www.maud-creative.com
Email: maudcreative@maud-creative.com


In This Life – Virgil Donati

by Les Walkling on July 11, 2013

Virgil Donati

My dear friend Virgil Donati is about to release his new album, ‘In This Life’. It has been more than a year in the making and I contributed the album’s liner and track notes:

IN THIS LIFE: In analyzing the relationship between music and narrative it is often supposed that meaning resembles a ghoul or vampire attempting to drain the work of its life, that any incursion, thinking or analysis despoils its ‘purity’ or plunders its treasures.  Yet the plastic and visual arts have long partnered with narrative and description, of both form and content.  They have also worked in partnership to prevent pictures and objects from vanishing into the abyss of indifference or commercial oblivion, where words animate them as something other than products for financial gain or mere amusement.  Though works of art might not want to be merely a packhorse of culture, carrying or fetching messages and meanings, arguments and morals, they nevertheless excite and inspire in our lives a sense of their significance.  They impress themselves upon us, affecting us, and so become woven into our deeds, dreams and memories.  They become us, and once shared, displayed or played they also become a discourse, and then like all lives lived, beg interpretation, compassion and understanding.  Such is the narrative force of life itself.  Often the richest associations, innovations and clues evolve from the mere interaction between ourselves and those works of art that defy our reasoning.  We certainly don’t have to bludgeon the work into a literary submission.  Nor does the fragility of music, images and objects need protecting, for great art stands on its own even in the worst of times.  But imagine a life without words, or thoughts without conversation, or stories without nouns and verbs – how largely reactive that life would be without the reason and mindfulness of its articulation.  Our judgments don’t have to pillage, nor do our thoughts have to undermine, for our presumptions can remain speculative, our destinations unknown, and our beliefs filled with the hope of desire. We should just investigate and see what happens.

RED AIR: Maps like musical scores show us where we have been – recollections of earlier explorations and charts of potential adventure. Thus we discover there are two musics, each with their own history, aesthetic and purpose; there is the music we listen to, and the music we perform.  Between them resides something inaudible yet profoundly musical, that prefaces every thing and presumes nothing; that unites body and soul.

The album will go on sale from 23 July 2013 and can be pre-ordered as a download or CD Digipack now from here:




Shark Bay 2016

July 5, 2013

2016 – T Landt van d’Eendracht from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo. Shark Bay is a world heritage listed area, but the incredible biodiversity behind its world heritage status is not immediately visible, and therefore not immediately known nor understood by ‘outsiders’, at least not when viewed from the ground. Although our first trip to Shark [...]

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Q&A Evening with Dr Les Walkling

April 26, 2013

  Digital imaging should be simple and straightforward, but unfortunately this is rarely the case. Often the many resources on digital imaging can be confusing and a frustrating waste of time. This evening is an opportunity to have Dr Les Walkling answer your digital imaging questions. Les will begin the evening by discussing the three [...]

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South West Light – Sydney Presentation

March 14, 2013

ND5 – A photographers Perspective – ‘Come on…..really! are you serious?’ from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.   Ninety Degrees Five (ND5) is a unique artistic collaboration between photographers Les Walkling, Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, and film maker Michael Fletcher. On Sunday 7th April all the members of ND5 will be presenting together for [...]

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South West Light – Melbourne Presentation

January 31, 2013

Stillness and Silence 2012,  Pigment Print,  1518mm x 1518mm Ninety Degrees Five (ND5) is a unique artistic collaboration between photographers Les Walkling, Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, and film maker Michael Fletcher. On Sunday 17th February all the members of ND5 will be presenting together for the very first time on the East Coast [...]

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December 26, 2012

In-memorian 2012, Toned Silver Gelatin Print, 198mm x 249mm Bernie O’Regan 1938-1996 I often think of my grand mother during the last few years of her life, when she was gradually losing her memory. I would visit her in Adelaide, where she lived with my grandfather, and watch with absolute despair every time he entered [...]

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South West Light – A Photographer’s Perspective

September 8, 2012

South West Light – A Photographer’s Perspective from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo He has done it again! Michael Fletcher, our video guy has posted a short (6 minute) excerpt from his latest video ‘South West Light – A Photographer’s Perspective’. The finished 30 minute video will be first screened at our upcoming Ninety Degrees Five [...]

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August 7, 2012

Approaching storm 2000m, Pigment Print, 152cm x 152cm, 2012 Our modern DSLR cameras represent not a single device but numerous devices; cameras for everyone but no one in particular.  To the beginner these possibilities are camouflaged, indeed imprisoned behind the illusion of being able to be ‘wherever you want to be’ while the reality is [...]

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June 3, 2012

Heidelberg, Pigment Print, 152cm x 201cm, 2012 At the Australian Institute of Professional Photography Dinner on the 28 May 2012 at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne I was awarded the honour of Fellow of the Institute (FAIPP). I have received many congratulatory communications, for which I am certainly grateful, but also questions about my acceptance speech. [...]

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