Robin Moon – an Upstream Paddle to Lover’s Steps
With the 2023 Canopy Awards just around the corner, Rainforest Rescue Ambassador Jasmine Carey learns a little more about the work of one of last year’s entrants, Robin Moon.
Robin Moon is an accomplished Australian image maker who has made a name for herself through her captivating and unique artistic style, which highlights the beauty of wildlife and landscapes.
As Robin’s imagery continues to garner attention and praise, it’s clear that her style and passion for capturing the beauty of the world around us are at the forefront of her work. I had the opportunity to ask Robin about her experience as a finalist in the Canopy Awards, which celebrates the very best rainforest photography.
In this interview, Robin shares insights into the photography side of her art practice, and her inspiration for creating photographs that capture the essence of nature.
The Tarkine is one of the last undisturbed tracts of rainforest. A 5km kayak paddle downriver from the hamlet of Corinna brings you to a magic entranceway to Lovers Falls. Photograph © Robin Moon
What inspired you to enter the Rainforest Rescue Canopy Awards, and how did you choose the photo/s you submitted?
I’m a lover of the wilderness. I have no photography love for urban or industrial themes, but untamed tracts of natural wilderness are what makes my heart sing.
What techniques do you use to capture the beauty and complexity of rainforests in your photographs?
My photo was taken on a Sony a1 which allowed me speed and dynamic range to freeze the waters whilst keeping details in the foliage and deep shadows. I like to use photoshop to draw out the details and complex colours amongst the beautiful ancient trees.
Can you tell us about a particularly challenging or memorable experience you had while taking photos in a rainforest?
Yes! To capture my picture of the Lovers’ Falls steps in 2022, I had to kayak 5km upstream and position the kayak side-on whilst trying to capture the angle of the shot I wanted. It took several attempts before I got it right. I knew I wanted the current to be still and the light to be in the right position. I’m not a marvelously fit person, so paddling upstream through the rainforest was quite a challenge!
Robin’s passion for photography has led her to enter various prestigious competitions, including Rainforest Rescue’s Canopy Awards, where she was named a finalist in 2022.
What draws you to, and delights you about, photography?
It allows me to immerse myself and share myself in a more spontaneous side of life. I came to photography from a stressful career in life-or-death settings, and the magic of photography allowed me to escape, relax, and look at the world with a lighter heart.
Why do you think art and photography are important to society?
If I feel joy in the subject matter of my photos, what I hope for most is that viewers will share those same feelings of joy and wonderment viewing the photo themselves. My art is less about making documentaries or political statements and more simply about allowing people to see just how beautiful our natural flora and fauna can be.
What impact do you hope your photos will have on viewers and on the wider conversation about rainforest conservation?
I’m thrilled to bits to have my picture on the BioPak Art Series cup. – it has created conversation and awareness of that beautiful part of Tasmania – one that is threatened by development. A coffee cup will spread the word we need to save it!
Robin’s photo, “Steps to Lover’s Falls”, has been chosen to feature on one of BioPak’s special “Canopy Awards” Art Series BioCups.
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