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Sydney Harbour from 16,000 feet
[100 Photographs, pl. 066]
Gelatin silver print
David Moore Estate
© Courtesy of the David Moore Estate
Photographers have to be flexible. A bird's-eye view of Sydney for National Geographic magazine was planned at 20,000 feet (6100 metres), but the pilot forgot to take oxygen, forcing a lower altitude. A hazy day compounded the problem, so Moore adopted a more easterly viewpoint, which revealed the sun reflecting off the water ' à as if the drowned valley was filled with mercury'.
Alan Davies, The State Library of NSW
This photograph was included in the David Moore 100 Photographs series that toured the State Library of NSW (titled David Moore 100 photographs) in late 2005. The exhibition then travelled to Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, in 2006, changing its title to David Moore A Vision, 1927-2003; and then to Bendigo Art Gallery (2006), Shepparton Art Gallery (2006), Albury Regional Art Gallery (2007), Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2007), Wollongong City Gallery (2007), Mildura Arts Centre (2008), and finally to LaTrobe Regional Gallery (2008). A Limited Edition of the series was also produced.