THE first solo exhibition of East London landscape photographer Tony Baxter opened last Friday at CVD Framers and Art Gallery.
The exhibition, titled Inspire, showcases some of Baxter’s most breathtaking landscape photographs taken in various locations around South Africa and Namibia as well as Iceland, Scotland and England.
From the orange hues of hot deserts to icy blue glaciers and emerald forests, Baxter takes an introspective approach to his photography, capturing the beauty of the natural world in a unique and inspiring way.
“My love for nature started long before my photography did … After a terrible illness I had this deep desire to find a connection with nature,” he said.
“Wandering outdoors in nature has a strong meditative and therapeutic element for me.”
Self-taught through experience and experimentation, Baxter strives to communicate more than a mere location through his imagery.
“I want my photographs to express a deeper appreciation and understanding in capturing brief moments from awe inspiring landscapes,” Baxter explained.
Walking through the art gallery, its difficult to miss the explosion of colour splashed across its walls as each image captivates you and evokes a different atmosphere.
From the stark contrast of a bright orange tree in the midst of rolling white hills in Iceland or the trickle of a Stutterheim waterfall, Baxter captures the essence of a place, allowing viewers to savor it through a single image.
The exhibition can be viewed at the gallery in Jarvis Road, Berea, until the end of next month.