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“East Gippsland really shows its true colours at night..." declares skilled astro-landscape photographer, Emily Hollingsworth.

Aug 2, 2022


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"Space, it says, is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.” — English author Douglas Adams.

One of the beauties (and challenges) of the English language is that a single word, with absolutely no change at all, can have an array of meanings. Great can mean ‘exceptional’, but also ‘immense’ and ‘awe inspiring’, which are the very feelings self-taught astro-landscape photographer Emily Hollingsworth stirs in us as we enjoy her photographs of the night sky.

Emily specialises in capturing the blanket of stars around us, both at home and while travelling. Explaining that we’re coming into the optimum time for astrophotography, especially in the corner of the region she lives in, Emily says, “East Gippsland really shows its true colours at night, as mild winters and clean air pair with a large natural landscape. The many rivers, lakes and beaches of the region are often featured as subjects [in my work].”

“The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” — American astronomer Carl Sagan.

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In letting ourselves get lost in the vastness of Emily’s skyscapes, we feel the sentiment of ancient Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, “There can be no centre in infinity.”

A welcome shift in perspective.

Storm Point West — Part of the Blond Bay Nature Reserve, looking west towards the lights of industry near Sale. Photography // Emily Hollingsworth.
Storm Point West — Part of the Blond Bay Nature Reserve, looking west towards the lights of industry near Sale. Photography // Emily Hollingsworth.

Storm Point East — From Storm Point looking across the Gippsland Lakes, the lights of Loch Sport along the horizon. Photography // Emily Hollingsworth.
Storm Point East — From Storm Point looking across the Gippsland Lakes, the lights of Loch Sport along the horizon. Photography // Emily Hollingsworth.

Chinaman’s Creek — This sheltered little cove, just as you drive into Metung, is the perfect spot for crystal-clear reflections. See Jupiter and a small meteor captured in the mirror-like water. Photography // Emily Hollingsworth.
Chinaman’s Creek — This sheltered little cove, just as you drive into Metung, is the perfect spot for crystal-clear reflections. See Jupiter and a small meteor captured in the mirror-like water. Photography // Emily Hollingsworth.

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