From an early age, Peter was inspired with the beauty of nature – a fascination that continued throughout his teen years and into the early nineties when he earned a degree in Biochemistry and Ecology at Griffith University in Brisbane.
In 1995, Peter moved to Fraser Island and fell in love with its World Heritage-listed surrounds. A couple of years later he was given an old Nikon SLR by his brother-in-law and started exploring and taking photographs of the island in an old Land Rover Series III – and his love affair with Fraser photography began.
These September school holidays, Peter is set to lead a series of sunset photography tours for Kingfisher Bay Resort visitors. The tours, which start at 1630 on Friday, September 21 and will continue on Friday and Saturday nights in school holiday and peak periods, take in the Great Sandy Strait, McKenzie’s Jetty and the wallum fire regeneration zone in and around the resort.
According to Peter, the tours will end as his newly-opened Living Gallery after sunset, where he is happy to answer questions about his photos, photography and Fraser Island as a destination.
“Ever since I was fortunate enough to learn and study the natural processes of Fraser Island I’ve had an obligation to share my understanding with others,” he said. “These tours are brilliant, because I get to combine my love for photography, Fraser Island and education into one.”
By teaching people of their environment, Meyer also hopes to encourage a value system that promotes preservation.
“It’s possible that by allowing the lessons found in nature to seep into the way we live our lives we may be able to re-establish connections not just with our environment but also ourselves,” he said.
Peter’s photos – which are displayed throughout the resort complex and in his gallery located in the resort’s Village Store complex – are used by him as metaphors for ideas expressed by great thinkers in history and are captioned with quotes from philosophers of the world.
"The quotes are a suggestion of one possible way of looking at the image and aim to give us a better understanding of the environment and our place in it," he said.
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