The Joe Mortelliti Gallery, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Outback Australia. The Northern Territory. West MacDonnell National Park covers a vast and spectacular part of the MacDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Joe Mortelliti captures the heart of the area with his camera. Just have a look at the magnificent photo of the dawn sun on Mt Sonder in the first picture on this page.
Joe Mortelliti‘s life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to ‘see’ the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
In 1934 a Western Arrernte Aboriginal man by the name of Albert viewed an art exhibition at the Lutheran Mission of Hermannsburg, Central Australia. The exhibition was arranged by mission superintendent Pastor F.W. Albrecht and featured the works of traveling artists Rex Battarbee and John Gardner. Over the two day exhibition more than 300 Aboriginal people attended. They stood enchanted and amazed at the sight of their tribal lands as portrayed by the European artists.
The exhibition fired Albert’s imagination and interest in painting. He endeavoured to learn the new craft. It would bring him fame, but ultimately despair as he discovered the hypocrisies with which it came. His success challenged naïve philosophies of the time and helped pave the way for freedom for his people and respect for their culture in a rapidly changing world.
Although many of our contributors use professional camera equipment such as the Nikon Coolpix 1000, at ThisisAustralia we usually use our mobile phone cameras. A Samsung Galaxy Note 10 +, which has been great, and we will continue to use. We have also just purchased a Samsung S21 Ultra. This has been described as an ‘insanely brilliant camera with a phone attached’. So we are expecting some really good quality pics! Some of our contributors have also used the iPhone 13 with good success.