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The Derwent – a version by Stephenson and Walch

Late in July this year, an exhibition opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) which put ‘Tasmania’s iconic River Derwent on show’.  This free-to-attend exhibition will continue on display until 5 November.


The exhibition features the time-lapse photographic and video work of David Stephenson and Martin Walch, taken over a 5 year period.  In addition, TMAG has brought out a selection of their permanent collection’s 19th century drawings and paintings depicting the Derwent river around the Hobart area.


In the centre of one gallery space, a display box contained photograph albums from the late 1800s.



Based on the larger ‘The Derwent Project’, viewers at the exhibition are presented with large scale works which provides one indicator of the large scale of our Derwent River. Descriptive still images are provided on the Derwent Project website so you can get some appreciation of what to expect when you visit the exhibition.  The photographic works are wall-sized composites of thumbnail photos.  IMG_0543.JPG


The videos are gigantic projections of the changing waters of the Derwent – along the side of one very long museum wall. I loved the silky silvery quality in the videos. IMG_0540.JPGIn addition , large image shift pictures changed as you watched in another gallery space. IMG_0546.JPG

The Mercury newspaper reported ‘Two men, one river, a vision splendid’ and show photos of the artists and other images from the exhibition.

Derwent River: time-lapse photographic display

The Derwent Project’s website contains engaging images from cameras located at various points along the edge of the Derwent River.

There is a great deal of viewing to be done across this site including the page with the time-lapse videos.

Because of the imagery on this site, I find it possible to appreciate the environment and weather changes in a simpler way.  I feel sure that if you can’t walk or drive along the Derwent River, watching these videos should give some sense of the pleasure that is possible.