Doug Thost Photography | About

Antarctic and Remote area Landscape, Aerial & Timelapse Photography

I was born in Sydney, raised in Malaysia and rural NSW, and now call Hobart “home”. I borrowed my dad's camera at the age of 12, and neglected to give it back... my photographic career began at high school, spending hours inhabiting the dark room and experimenting with black and white printing. A background in geology and glaciology has given me access to that most amazing of continents, Antarctica, which I have visited 22 times since 1987, most recently in November 2016.

I have been shooting landscape and wilderness images for over 25 years, and now specialise in cold-weather and remote locations using 35mm, medium format panorama, and now mainly digital cameras (Canon 5D3).

In 2006 I was awarded the Arts Tasmania Cultural Residency at Lake St Clair National Park, where I enjoyed two months freedom to explore, and attempt to incorporate, the often-ignored "human" element in wilderness photography. My current projects include portraits of men and women who spend their life flying, and aerial photographs of Tasmania's more remote regions.


Solo Exhibitions

2010 Aurora Australis: 20 Years in the Ice. Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts
Centre, Hobart, June.
2009 Frozen II. Fullers Bookstore, Hobart, June.
2008 Two Months at the Lake . Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Hobart, October.
2006 Frozen. The Wilderness Gallery, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.
2005 Dark River: the Franklin. Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Hobart,
September - December.
2003 Being There: people and places in Antarctica. Hobart Midwinter Festival.
2002 From a Frozen Land. Hobart Midwinter Festival.
1994 Studio Showcase, Rozelle (Sydney).

Awards

2006 Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency at Lake St Clair National Park,
March – May.

2010 The Epson International photography Pano Awards, 6 Bronze Awards

2010 Tasmanian State AIPP awards - Silver, Wedding Album

Group Exhibitions

 

2016 Australian Antarctic Festival Photography Competition. Finalist. Hobart 8-11 September.

2009 Extreme Environment Photographic Competition. Finalist. Hobart Midwinter
Festival, 19-28 June.
2008 Extreme Environment Photographic Competition. Finalist (2 images).
Hobart Midwinter Festival, 20-29 June.
2008 Fagus. The Wilderness Gallery, Tasmania.
2007 Significant images Significant places - celebrating Tasmanian WHA 25th
Anniversary. The Wilderness Gallery, December '07 - January '08.
2007 Antarctica – a place in the Wilderness. Parliament House Canberra,
August – September.
2006 AURORA - Extraordinary visions of Antarctica, Parliament House Canberra,
6th September - 4th October.
2006 Digital Fringe. Melbourne Fringe Festival, 27 September - 15 October.
2005 Australia’s Antarctic Programme: Connecting, Protecting. Parliament House
Canberra, August.
2004 Antarctica: the Heart of the World. Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre
WA, with artist and writer Coral Tulloch. August 2004 – April 2005.

Collections

Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (“Islands to Ice” exhibition)
Private collections, UK, USA, Germany, Australia

Public Art Commissions

2010 Public art commission for Queenstown Hub under the Tasmanian
Government Art for Public Buildings Scheme. In collaboration with Rebecca
Coote.

Documentary Film

Director, and camera for ABC documentary "Ice Shelf" shot on location in
Antarctica and Heard Island (ABC Nov 2003).
Additional photography in ABC documentary "Eye of the Storm: El Niño",
shooting time lapse of storms and clouds in Ecuador.
Additional Antarctic footage used in the documentaries “Killers of Eden”
(ABC), “Surviving Extremes” (ABC), “4 Corners” (ABC), and Catalyst (ABC).
Timelapse for "Devil Island", ABC documentary (2014)