Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Henry Gold honoured at launch of Wild Light Exhibition

“Henry Gold has been working as a volunteer landscape photographer since 1967 and last night at the launch of his spectacular Wild Light photographic exhibition he was honoured by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore among others,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.

“Clover said “Today, with the Colong Foundation, he can celebrate fifty years of achievement as the honorary landscape photographer for the environment movement in NSW.  His work, and that of the Foundation, must continue as there are still many precious wilderness areas that are not protected; Macleay gorges, Pilliga and the Main Range of Kosciuszko National Park among them”,” said the Mayor’s message of support.

“So it was with some irony that while we were celebrating Henry’s achievements the NSW Government pushed through its appalling Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018.  This new law protects a key threatening ecological process, large populations of feral horses, in the state’s largest park to the detriment of alpine wilderness and just about everything in it”, said Keith Muir, director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“We did not let this anti-conservation news dampen our spirits.  Henry produced the classic Mt Colong image for the influential brochure “Quarrying Valuable Scenery that then became our masthead logo.  He went on to supply photographs for influential conservation works such as the Colo Wilderness, Wild Places and Blue Mountains World Heritage,” he said.

“His photographs have been used in countless Journals, Australian Conservation Foundation books, in government publications and on stamps”, Mr Muir said. 

“Henry is a true ‘Man of the Mountains’ and knows the NSW wilderness way beyond the reach of the motor vehicle.  His work has been essential in bringing threatened wilderness to the attention of decision makers who lack time to discover these areas for themselves. 

“We thank you Henry for your lifetime commitment to photographing nature in the wild and for sharing your immense talents and generosity with the NSW environment movement,” said Mr Muir.

The Colong Foundation invites you to celebrate Henry Gold’s work

Visit Wild Light, the exhibition of Henry Gold’s colour wilderness images: open daily Tuesday 5 – Sunday 17 June 2018, 10am – 5pm, Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.

All proceeds from Henry’s wonderful images will support the Colong Foundation’s continuing wilderness campaigns

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)

Event Launch Photos by David Noble