Ilona’s interest in photography began with the professional training she received as a photographer in a fashionable studio in her native Salzburg in Austria. For the next 20 years she worked mainly in commercial photography in Europe and later in Australia. When she moved from Queensland to Melbourne in 2000 she en-countered an unfamiliar city. Inspired by photographers such as Paul Strand and Josef Sudek she ventured into Black and White photography and began photographing abstract urban cityscapes highlighting the formal and symbolic energies inherent in the built environment
Moving to Tasmania in 2007 she entered Australia’s premier landscape locale, a place made famous by noted photographers working strongly within the traditions of the American landscape photographers, Ansel Adams and Elliot Porter in particular. But being from Europe Ilona could not accept even the idea of an uninhabited land and so she began to venture into an aesthetic world marked out by the ‘New Topographics’ eventually focusing her efforts on subject matters that elicit comparisons with Albert Renger Patsch on the one hand and Edward Burtynsky on the other.
Ilona’s work is distinct from Burtynsky’s in that her interest in the human history of this island lead her to excavate what haunts the present: communities that once flourished in the vicinity of now empty Company housing, mountain ranges that still find their reflection in dammed lakes, serpentine energies in the country suggested in the roadway S bend photographed at twilight, former power stations now defunct or turned into museums, serving as a mausoleum of the social progressive aims of a past generation. Ilona’s images are full of traces, loose ends, and reverberations from times past that lie dormant and yet remain, inherent in the country, along with the scars of time.
Ilona's images are printed on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm 100% cotton rag paper. These prints are rated at up to 150 years.
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