Buddy With A Local
For anyone who has wondered what it’s like to truly go behind the scenery in Tasmania, the best advice is to experience the island state through the eyes of a local. Internationally renowned photographer and avid Instagrammer Will Patino is this weekend embarking on his first trip to Tasmania. And who better to show him the unexpected wonders of the Apple Isle, than local Francois Fourie. Ever since the South African born photographer made Tasmania his home he has been discovering the secrets of this remarkable destination.
We sat down with the two snap-happy travellers to hear what they are most looking forward to doing and seeing this weekend.
Will, what are you most looking forward to seeing?
I’m really looking forward to seeing the incredible cliffs along the Tasman Peninsula. The Lanterns look absolutely epic.
Francois, what are you most looking forward to showing Will?
Well, just the beauty of Tasmania really. People always say I take beautiful photographs, but I don’t like to take much credit for it. There really is beauty around every corner, all you have to do is get out there, plonk the camera down on your tripod and press the shutter. (It’s not quite like that, but still, it’s not hard to get a beautiful photograph in a place like this).
Will, what are you most looking forward to doing?
I love hitting the road and experiencing new things. Tasmania looks so raw and rugged so I can’t wait to just absorb it all and try capture through my lens what I see and feel.
Francois, what are you most looking forward to doing with Will?
I am most excited about taking Will to Mt Field National Park. I have been here many, many times, and feel like I know all the good-looking trees and rocks. I also think he will really enjoy photographing there.
Will, what is that most unexpected thing/place/fact you know about Tasmania?
One thing I didn’t realise about Tassie is actually how diverse the landscape is. As a land mass it’s obviously not huge, but the entire area seems to be full of beauty. From snowy mountains, to sea cliffs and caves, to surf and lush forests, nothing is missing. I haven’t even been yet and I already want to pack my bags and move over permanently.
Fraincois, what is the most unexpected thing/place/fact that visitors may not know about Tasmania?
Hobart was named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 City Destinations for 2013. According to Lonely Planet, Hobart’s allure has always been its natural beauty “but the recent arrival of the world-class MONA museum has the waters rippling, hip tourists flocking and Hobart rousing from its slumber”.
Will and Francois will be exploring the south corner of Tasmania in one action packed weekend, starting this Friday 29th August 2014. You can follow their adventurers via Instagram from Hobart to the coastal cliffs of Tasman National Park and to the waterfalls of Mount Field National Park.
Keep up with Will and Francois on their Instagram accounts: william_patino and ffourie.
We will also continue to share their adventures right here on the Magazine.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
Photo Credit: This picture of the Milky Way galaxy was taken by Francois Fourie on the beach along South Arm Road, near Calverts Lagoon. It’s about a 30 min drive from Hobart.