Pandanus Dreaming

An exhibiton at NRCG Ballina

As a photographer working in the Northern Rivers, this was a fantastic opportunity to exhibit some of my personal work. With the majority of my practice being focused on commercial and wedding photography it was great to share something different.

This August I exhibit a body of personal work at the fantastic NRCG. Having worked almost entirely on commercial work for the last few years it was great to show something that was produced purely for my own enjoyment. The body of work the exhibition comes from is born out of my personal reaction to the area I now call home and in particular the Ballina/Lennox Coastline. (The artist didactic from the exhibition is below.) It was great to exhibit alongside some other fantastic artists, including the wonderful Susan Jacobsen. To see more work from this series you can check out my personal photography website –

Exhibiton Rationale – Pandanus Dreaming
As seen through the eyes of an outsider, who has spent less than two years living in this region, Pandanus Dreaming is a reaction to the Ballina Coastline by photographer Ben Wyeth. In essence it is about distilling the coastal landscape to its most basic component parts and exploring the relationship they share by using them as pieces within photographic compositions. The four elements which make are up the majority of works within this series are: Pandanus, sea, sky and sand. Whilst the sky, sea and sand are largely ubiquitious to most coastal landscapes the pandan is a unique feature of our sub-tropical climate. The use of long exposure’s give an abstract quality to the work and create an ethereal, dreamlike sense of wonder. Often devoid of human form they celebrate the natural, untouched beauty of this coastline.
“I would like to present the familiar back to both locals and visitors alike asking them to view it from a fresh perspective, as if seen for the first time.”

Exhibtion: Pandanus Dreaming

Gallery: NRCG

Location: Ballina, NSW.

Artist: Ben Wyeth