|True Reflections31 March to 19 April 2015
In March 2015, a series of large format photographs by Namibian wildlife photographer, Richard Fryer, was exhibited at Omba Gallery. The exhibition called ‘True Reflections’ was Fryer’s first solo as wildlife photographer, and consisted of more than twenty large, awe-inspiring images forming part of a series he made while touring coastal and north-western Namibia.
From kissing seals at Cape Cross, desert elephants lumbering through dry river beds, the haunting ruins at Kolmanskop, aerial shots of the fog and dunes of the Namib Desert, breath-taking landscapes, to the ghostly shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast, Fryer presented a moving tribute to the drama and majesty that is Namibia.
The large, canvas-printed photographs were made using a Canon camera and are part of Fryer’s personal archive, documenting his extensive travels throughout Namibia.
About Richard Fryer
Fryer, the son of well-known Namibian wildlife painter, Dick Fryer (who passed away three years ago), was born and raised in Namibia, and like his father, initially embarked on a career as a game warden. He was employed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism from 1991 to 2006, as head of the Game Capture Unit and managed the Rhino Custodianship Scheme. Fryer defected to the lucrative private tourism sector in 2006 and joined Wilderness Safaris as project manager, tour-guide and guide trainer. While touring through Namibia, an Italian acquaintance encouraged him to seriously take up photography. Fryer is currently a full-time wildlife photographer, freelancer and wildlife consultant to most notably, the Namibian charter of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and NNF (Namibia Nature Fund).
Namibia holds no secrets for an experienced adventurer like Richard Fryer. He knows every nook and cranny of the country like he does the lines of his hand. The aforementioned qualities more than anything lend a powerful authenticity to Fryer’s images which is rarely seen in photography depicting Namibian wildlife and landscapes.
Displayed to perfection on very large canvases, photographs (including aerial shots) of wildlife and scenery from Elizabeth Bay and Luderitz in the south, through the Sperrgebiet, the Skeleton Coast, right up to the mouth of the Kunene River in north-western Namibia, show Fryer’s incredible sense of depth and detail, while the scope of his landscapes and aerial photographs perfectly captures the majesty of that ancient geography.
With a focus on desert-adapted wildlife such as elephants and antelope, Fryer gently juxtaposes the austerity of the Namib Desert with the brittle fragility of its living ecologies, as if he wishes to preserve both their essence and existence. In the background, running invisibly through the large canvases like a fine thread, is a deep-seated concern and compassion for Namibian wildlife which is particularly noticeable in his wildlife photographs. This is an exhibition not to be missed.
Richard Fryer has meticulously selected the most captivating and poignant from his collection for this exhibition. Ideal for interior decorators, architects, corporates, designers but also collectors, the size of the large full-colour canvases has the effect of drawing the observer into the scene or landscape.