Antarctic time lapse

Black and white portrait of photographer Martin Walch.
Photographer Martin Walch will travel to Mawson as this year’s Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow. (Photo: Gerrard Dixon)

Leading Australian photographer Martin Walch has been awarded the 2017 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

Dr Walch specialises in time-lapse and still photography and will travel to Mawson research station to spend three months capturing the unique icy environment on camera.

“My work will offer new ways of understanding the movements of water, ice, animals and people, as they go about their daily lives under the ever-present summer sun,” Mr Walch said.

Dr Walch is a part-time lecturer at the University of Tasmania. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in photography, a Master of Fine Arts by Research in digital stereoscopic photography and landscape, and a PhD in fine art.

Dr Walch’s Antarctic work will be exhibited in Tasmania and nationally, while an archive will be collected by the world renowned Center for Art + Environment, at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Dr Walch’s Antarctic Fellowship will use techniques and strategies developed during his five-year Australian Research Council collaboration with Dr David Stephenson, entitled The Derwent Project,which is currently on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

The Antarctic Arts Fellowship provides opportunities for people from the creative community to experience Antarctica first hand, and share this with the broader Australian community through their chosen art form.