Photographic artist Deborah Mullins uses the region’s landscape as her muse, particularly her own four-acre property, Hesket Farm. She speaks with Serena Seyfort.  

 

What’s your connection with the Macedon Ranges?

I live on the north side of Mt Macedon. I’m a member of a couple of galleries in the area, and I’m a member of the Macedon Ranges Art Trail. I’m also part of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios program.

 

How long have you lived in the area?

I’ve lived in the area for going-on nine years. I just absolutely love it, we don’t regret our move from Melbourne at all.

 

What do you love most about the area?

I love the environment, it’s so pretty. And the people are lovely. We also don’t have the stress of the city up here.

 

Do you have a favourite local place?

I’d have to say my house and my garden. We have a great view across the valley to the Cobaw Ranges.

Your garden inspires a lot of your work, doesn’t it?

The local area is my main source of inspiration, followed by outback Australia. I take quite a lot of photographs of flowers and plants from my garden and of the landscapes around the region.

 

If you could change something about the area, what would it be?

I’d want to make it slightly warmer in winter, but we get snow where we are and that’s very pretty. So I love it just the way it is, I wouldn’t change a thing.

 

Deborah will open her studio and garden to the public as part of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios program on April 29-30, May 6-7 and May 13-14 from 10am-5pm. She will demonstrate photographic techniques that she uses at 2pm on each of these days. Details: www.dmropenstudios.com.au