Kirsty Pilkington's photography hung in a gallery takes us back to nature, indoors; and into the womb of our ecosytem, outdoors.

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Ian Stehbens on September 7, 2007

Kirsty uses female nudes in the Tasmanian wilderness to set our humanity into the complex web of the ecosystem. A hollow log becomes a womb space. A burl on the trunk of an old growth forest giant supports the buttocks of a sensuous model. A maze of exposed tree-roots suggests a sprawled human.... In this photograph of the foetal human in the womb of the primaeval forest we are invited to recognize ourselves as utterly vunerable without the protective natural environment. But as I stood there, the clinical walls of the gallery suggested that I was in a medical centre looking at the Xray image on the light panel. Reflected spotlights and reflected framed photos that were on the other wall superimpose themselves on the wilderness shot of Kirsty's and bring us back to examine the possibility of a disease in our relationship with the ecosystem that may die, having given us life.

Ian Stehbens on September 7, 2007

Kirsty Pilkington spent much time in the Tasmanian forests during winter 2005. Her work may be viewed at It is worth the visit. This picture, a photograph of her work hung in a bare gallery in Canberra is of "Forest Womb" from her "Bare Winter" series. Her work is outstanding photgraphy. Bare Winter series is outstanding conceptually. Most poignant for our times, and urgently necessary. She, in my opinion, now joins the calibre of Tasmania's earlier wilderness photographers Olegas Truchanas and Peter Domdrovkis.

Ian Stehbens on September 13, 2007

Kirsty Pilkington said: I am more than flattered with what you have written, and am really appreciative of you including my passion for the Tasmanian forests into your site. Your thoughts are deep and your writing gifted. Thankyou. Warm regards, Kirsty

©Würmer on November 18, 2007

Ian, I very much appreciate that you take the time to explain and document your pictures.

Onward and upwards!

Ian Stehbens on November 19, 2007

Bartowian, I trust you have perused Kirsty's website. She is a very competent photographer and she is making some valuable comment and inspiring the environmentalist community in Tasmania that has won so many battles against some great odds, and is still being confronted by new challenges. In an early comment on this photograph I mentioned two earlier photographers who were inspirers of the environmental movement: Olegas and Peter. You would also enjoy checking out their amazing photography on the web. Hope you enjoy these references. Ian

©Würmer on November 19, 2007

I have not (yet). Not for lack of interest, but I was falling asleep at the wheel, eh keyboard, at the time, yet felt I needed to get my laudatio out before succumbing... your well-phrased words achieved instant truth status, in any case. ;-)

p.s. I'll follow your links next, after I get myself equipped with a cup of java and a bit of mom's apple pie (to the right of the keyboard, being right-handed)... ;-)

Erik van den Ham on February 16, 2009

This is so wonderful! Ian, your added info is fantastic and gives so much insight.

I will certainly visit Kirsty's website to explore her work.

Best regards, Erik

BTW. a nice self-portrait is also present!

Ps. Here you find the work of Henk Helmantel a Dutch painter and the father of a dear friend. His excellent work lives up to that of the 'Old Masters'

Ian Stehbens on February 16, 2009

Thanks Erik for the compliments on the portrait! You know, it took me weeks before I saw myself in this, even though I had seen the lights and the other photos.

I know that you will have a most enjoyable visit to Kirsty Pilkington's gallery. It is marvellous, I think.

I will now go for a visit to Henk's gallery.

Kind regards,


RezaSamami on August 29, 2011

Great work!...........Like........Best Wishes

Ian Stehbens on August 29, 2011

Thanks very much Amoot. It looks like it is rather revealing of what was in my mind!


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