PERTH Hills photographer Xander Kabat will present his Infinite Western Australia exhibition at the Boya Community Centre from September 18.
The photography exhibition showcases the natural and cultural beauty of Western Australia through Kabat’s lens, including images depicting the state’s diverse scenery, such as rugged coastlines, vast outback plains, lush forests, and breathtaking sunsets.
Each photograph aims to capture the essence of WA and invites viewers to explore the state’s rich variety.
“Even though I have travelled extensively around the world, I’m still astonished when exploring off the beaten path in my own backyard.
“We often take for granted the natural beauty that exists within our own country.
“Countless wonders are waiting to be discovered at home.
“From stunning national parks to charming towns and local festivals, there is much to be explored in WA.
“By appreciating our home, we contribute to preserving it for future generations.
“As the world has reopened and we are exploring overseas again, this exhibition is a reminder of the amazing country we have right here at home.”
“Curating this exhibition was an incredibly challenging task.
“WA is full of awe-inspiring beauty, diverse cultural heritage and vibrant festivals.”
Limiting the selection to just 25 photographs was no easy feat.
“I could have easily included hundreds of images given the wealth of subjects available.
“In the end, I focused on highlighting lesser-known places.
“By doing so, I aimed to steer away from the iconic images typically associated with WA photography.’’
Of course, a few popular locations have snuck in.
He hopes the exhibition showcased the secret spots of the region and offered viewers a fresh perspective on its natural wonders.
“I’m always amazed at the beauty and wonder of the world we live in.
“It’s full of incredible sights,” Kabat said.
“It doesn’t seem to matter if I’m exploring an ancient Khmer ruin or the little town down the road, I’m in awe of our world. It’s why I call my photos ‘Images of Infinite Wonder’.”
Kabat works in the TV and film industry as a location scout and unit stills photographer.
“This is one of the most amazing jobs,” he said.
“As a location scout, I get to explore the countryside, seeing beautiful places and capturing them on camera.
“It’s my job to find hidden sites in the landscape and discover interesting places to use as backdrops for captivating stories on screen.
“This really suits the explorer in me.”
The Infinite Western Australia photography exhibition will be displayed at the Boya Community Centre from September 18 to October 30. Entry to the exhibition is free during the centre’s operational hours Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm.
For more photographs go to Kabat’s webpage.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Shire of Mundaring’s inspirearts community creativity and cultural fund and Nikon Australia.