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SPIRIT OF ENDURANCE

Cazneaux Tree, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, Australia

This magnificent River Red Gum tree, often referred to as the Cazneaux Tree, was photographed by renowned Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux in 1937. His photograph, titled 'Spirit of Endurance', gained international recognition and was arguably Cazneaux's most famous work, winning many awards in Australian and International exhibitions.

When I photographed this tree, it still stood alone and mighty, almost unchanged after almost 75 years. After a beautiful sunrise that lit up the sky pink, the first rays of sun began to break through and reach this tree. Standing there photographing this tree, with the constantly changing light and imposing Wilpena Pound in the background, it was hard not to concur with the thoughts of Cazneaux himself. In May 1941 he wrote:

"This giant gum tree stands in solitary grandeur on a lonely plateau in the arid Flinders Ranges, South Australia, where it has grown up from a sapling through the years, and long before the shade from its giant limbs ever gave shelter from heat to white men. The passing of the years has left it scarred and marked by the elements - storm, fire, water, - unconquered, it speaks to us from a Spirit of Endurance. Although aged, its widespread limbs speak of a vitality that will carry on for many more years. One day, when the sun shone hot and strong, I stood before this giant in silent wonder and admiration. The hot wind stirred its leafy boughs, and some of the living elements of this tree passed to me in understanding and friendliness expressing The Spirit of Australia."

Cazneaux regarded his photograph of this tree as his most Australian picture and called it the Spirit of Endurance, which I have adopted here for it truly sums up what you feel when you see this tree.

AWARDS

Gold Award - NSW/ACT Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Professional Photography Awards

Silver Award - Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)

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ABOUT WALL ART

We have been supplying Scott's artworks to homes and offices, across Australia and overseas for nearly twenty years. All artworks are made here in Australia and certified with the Australian Made Campaign. If an item is not in stock, it will be made to order for you. With hundreds of photos and plenty of framing and mounting options we can't stock everything. We offer free delivery to Australian locations.

Australian Wall Art - Unframed Print

UNFRAMED PRINT

Museum quality, fine art paper and inks.

We use fine art cotton paper from either Hahnemühle or Canson. This exceptionally high quality fine art paper is acid free and printed using genuine pigment inks - favoured by galleries and collectors because of their print longevity.

As a print only, this requires framing, allowing you to select your own mounting and framing options. The listed size includes a 8cm white border around each side of the photo, allowing sufficient room to accommodate various framing choices.

Unframed prints come rolled in a protective tube, making them our recommendation for international customers.

FRAMED PRINT

A clean, simple and modern look, suitable for any home.

Small Frame:The small frame (2cm wide x 2cm deep) is limited to our smallest sizes of framed prints. Your fine art paper print is mounted with a matt border, framed and completed with acrylic that protects against 70% of UV. The listed size is for the total finished framed dimensions of this artwork

Shadow Box Frame:Your fine art paper print is mounted and framed in a contemporary shadow box frame (27mm wide x 48mm deep) that is available in white or raw wood.

It is completed with museum grade acrylic (rather than glass) as it is light weight, transports well (doesn't break) and protects against 99% of UV.

Framed prints come ready to hang. The listed size is the total finished frame size, including the frame and border around the image.

Australian Wall Art - Acrylic Wall Mount

ACRYLIC - WALL MOUNT

Frameless, glass like feel. A clean, modern look for your print. 

The photo is printed on metallic paper, creating a 'pearlescent' metallic gloss finish. The print is face mounted onto optically clear, museum grade acrylic which offers 99% UV protection.

The print is backed with treated aluminium, protecting your print from front to back. It is then finished with a diamond edge polisher.

Ready to hang on your wall, with a thin aluminium frame hidden behind the print.

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