‘Girt by Sea’ an exhibition of aerial photographs taken around the coast of Australia by Tony Hewitt and Denis Glennon AO opens at Paddington Town Hall tonight.


One of the collection of 100 large-format images that comprise the exhibition. (Photography by Tony Hewitt and Denis Glennon)

Girt by Sea the latest in a series of major collaborations sponsored by Canon Australia and involving local photographers. Tony Hewitt has long been fascinated by the curious expression ‘girt by sea’, which became the metaphor for an epic Australian adventure: to circumnavigate Australia’s coastline by air in one 31-day trip, capture it in stunning detail and bring new meaning to those three words. Tony shared his dream with close friend and accomplished photographer Denis Glennon AO, and the pair decided to make the dream a reality.

Following extensive research of historical weather patterns, especially for the more remote southern and northern regions, April was selected as the optimal time of the year to complete and aerial circumnavigation of the coastline in one go. The decision proved a good one and the pre-planned schedule was adhered to, despite challenging weather on several days.

Commencing and finishing at Jandakot Airport, Western Australia, the two photographers travelled in an anticlockwise flight path that enabled both photographers to shoot simultaneously through front and rear portside windows of the Cessna 210 light aircraft, which generally tracked just off the coast.


Refuelling the Cessna 210 with the photographers’ bags in the foreground. (Photography by Tony Hewitt and Denis Glennon)

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 16 June to Wednesday 27 June between 10am and 6pm at the Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street Paddington, NSW 2021. Entry is free of charge. Copiues of images from the exhibition will be available for purchase  framed and unframed online and at the venue.