AT first glance, the mist on the mountains or the stand of burnt trees are not easy to see.
It is an effect Mount Beauty photographer Charlie Brown says lends weight to his latest exhibition being “more abstract than realist”.
The show of 15 works was unveiled last night in a space above Albury’s Streetbean cafe in Macauley Street.
“I moved to the area 2½ years ago to live permanently though I’ve been working up at Falls Creek for 16 winters,” Brown said.
The photographs on show are drawn from work of the past five years, Brown’s inspiration “all the trees and the scenery in the summer and winter” plus the region’s wildlife.
The aim is to encapsulate the “mood of the mountains”.
“You probably have to look twice to really see what’s in front of you,” Brown said.
“It might be the way the light is hitting a ridge and lighting up certain trees rather than others.”
Brown said he had done exhibitions at his old home back in Sorrento and one at Falls Creek two years ago.
He also does a weekly blog through his website mountainside.net.au, which he uses to promote the North East, and conducts photography workshops.
“This area is so beautiful and while the peninsula is, too, up here there’s a whole different feel,” he said.
“It’s probably a lot more earthier and grounded than the coast, which is quite busy with the hustle bustle.”
The exhibition at 556 Macauley Street will be open today and next Saturday from 8am to noon and Monday to Friday from 7am-4pm.