Over the course of four years, journalist Graham Lloyd and photographer Vanessa Hunter sought out Australia’s wildest, most significant and least known natural phenomena. Wild Beauty is an intimate showcase of 26 of these places, which represent the country’s oldest, tallest, longest and most extraordinary natural treasures. It offers a glimpse into Australia’s rare – and rarely seen – wildernesses, many of which are considered the most spectacular of their kind on Earth.
In a world troubled by climate change, Graham and Vanessa set out to showcase wild beauty and endurance, find stories of the rich and rare and capture images that would stand the test of time. Their focus was always on the wild. ‘We sought out places that were able to stare back at us in their wildness,’ Vanessa says. ‘Places that, given patience, were willing to share their deepest secrets.
From a blindfolded helicopter ride to view a stand of king’s holly, the world’s oldest plant, in Tasmania’s South-West Wilderness Area to swimming up close to the world’s largest mass migration of minke whales near the Great Barrier Reef, this book offers a unique glimpse into the little known and secret places that shelter endangered species and spectacular landscapes. Wild Beauty is a visual journey, brought to life with incredible stories about the people who fight, preserve and protect these special places.
Graham Lloyd is a journalist, musician and adventurer with a passion for travel and conservation. Currently environment editor with The Australian, Graham has worked as a correspondent and editor around the world. Today he spends much of his time in Central and Latin America where he is a founding director of the Lupunaluz Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon jungle and the traditional cultures of Peru.
Vanessa Hunter began her career as a newspaper photographer in Australia before expanding into magazines, landscape photography and now virtual reality technology. Vanessa is a singer and artist, passionate about the plants, and plant-based medicine, of the world’s forests. Her work has now taken her to the Amazon rainforest. She divides her time between Australia, and Central and Latin America, where she works to conserve the jungle, with a particular interest in the protection of jaguars.