Fleeting and sublime: Night Sky exhibition in Mallacoota

Ghost Fungus : A fleeting night photograph taken by photographer Leonie Daws.
Ghost Fungus : A fleeting night photograph taken by photographer Leonie Daws.

A lucky stumble across some ghost fungus in her front yard led Mallacoota landscape photographer Leonie Daws to create an out of this world series of images which are now featuring at Mallacoota Artspace.

The exhibition titled 'Mallacoota by Night' also features works by long time visitor to the region, architectural photographer Ben Jackman who is based in Poland.

Although both photographers created their images at night, the walls on either side of the gallery prove just how differently two people can see the world.

Ben Jackman's images range from dreamy seascapes to pin point perfect night skies complete with the milky way. All images were captured around Mallacoota's lakes and shorelines offering the viewer a wide angled moment to ponder the universe.

 One of Ben Jackman's dreamy images featured in the Mallacoota by Night exhibition.

One of Ben Jackman's dreamy images featured in the Mallacoota by Night exhibition.

On the other hand Leonie Daws takes the viewer right in close to contemplate the fleeting magic of the natural world.

According to Leonie, ghost fungus is only luminous for a couple of days and then the magic is gone.

During the day she searched for the fungus returning hours later in the evening to capture the glowing wonder in all it's glory.

As simple as it sounds creating the perfect image was no easy feat. It took time and patience and more importantly the right gear.

"I've had people ask if they can capture the 'bio lumo' fungus on an iphone . But it's not that easy. You need a tripod, a decent lens and a long exposure.

"I was lucky to find the one in my front yard, which meant I was able to spend time over a few days trying out techniques. Once I had it sorted I went looking for more," she said.

Photographing at night meant Leonie was able to take her time with composition as well as seeing landscapes in another way.

"I only go out occasionally to photograph at night but I found being on your own in the dark, experiencing the moonlight, the silence and the place is very calming. There are no interruptions, it's just you the camera and the night sky," she said.

One of Ben Jackman's nightscape images captured in Mallacoota.

One of Ben Jackman's nightscape images captured in Mallacoota.

The Mallacoota by Night exhibition runs until November 19 at Mallacoota Arts Space (MA Space). MA Space is open Thursday to Monday 10 am until 4pm.