The Bill Harris Exhibition Focus on birds is now open for visit to Kyabram Town Hall.
Euroa’s photographer tells a story through each image and highlights the vital but sometimes overlooked role of birds in Australia.
Birds are everywhere; yet, if not properly observed, their presence may go unnoticed.
A by-product of the exhibit, Harris discovered, is the conversation surrounding the sightings and memories of Australian birdlife, and the often unrecognized impact they have on daily life.
Inspired by the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and the considerable time Australians have spent at home over the past two years, Mr. Harris’s exhibit captures a range of birds, all featured in the 2020 tally.
“Because so many people were staying at home, one of the very few advantages was that we are seeing a lot more of what’s going on in this space than ever before, and a lot of it is birds,” he said. Mr. Harris said. .
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2020 showed 4.6 million Australians participating, up from 3.4 million in 2019.
While Mr Harris and his wife are now located in Euroa, the couple were not too long ago in the heart of Melbourne, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life.
âWe originally moved to Melbourne with work, it’s such a dynamic and variable place, so we just embraced it,â Mr. Harris said.
âFor the first seven or eight years the car was parked in the garage and we were just exploring the city, but then the business world started to get a little intense.
“I was looking for something to make up for that so I just went and bought a cheap camera kit without really knowing what I was going to do with it and in a year or so it was funny I was having the most fun. to take pictures of wildlife.
Rather than staying at Southbank in Melbourne on weekends, the couple began to gravitate towards the bush, disappearing for days, enveloped in the countryside.
Although Melbourne remains a beloved landmark for the Harris’ it was evident that the two were ready for a new phase of their lives in a rural setting.
“When we decided to retire, we had it in mind to increase the photography a bit, and that’s what happened,” said Mr. Harris.
Focus on birds features an array of stills, the oldest dating back 11 years when Mr. Harris began his photography efforts.
He has since developed his photography skills from a hobby to a thoughtful process.
“I think anyone with a camera, you take pictures of everything of course, but the only thing I get out of bed for in the morning is to go and take pictures of nature, especially the sea. wildlife and birds, âMr. Harris said. .
While her work was exhibited in Violet Town, Focus on birds will be the first exhibition to be held in a gallery space, in particular the hidden gem of Kyabram Town Hall.
With high ceilings and well-lit spaces, the gallery emphasizes every detail of Mr. Harris’s work, a setting he is grateful to have the opportunity to fill.
âIt’s the first one we’ve done with space around us, with this beautiful aspect of the place, so it will be quite interesting,â he said.
âThere is a level of satisfaction, a level of completeness, seeing it on the wall. It really just comes full circle.
Mr. Harris Bird in focus the exhibition is open for viewing now; it is also possible to meet the artist on Monday January 3. For more details visit kyabramtownhall.com.au
To learn more about Mr. Harris’ work, visit www.billharrisphotos.com