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Debra Dal Bosco

From an early age, I’ve loved the artistic expression of photography. Having pursued various other careers in retail and business, I would often pick up a camera in my downtime as a way to escape the ordinariness of everyday living. Being able to capture time and memories on film was one of my passions, even if just as a hobby.

After many years working in the corporate world, I’ve recently had the opportunity to explore my interest in photography more deeply. This came about a couple of years ago when I took a series of photos of the rugged landscape of Phillip Island. Through digital manipulation, I was able to transform those images into ethereal watercolour-like artworks, imbuing with them a sense of mystique. I have been selling these in a co-operative shop in Cowes since 2022.

With a nostalgic affection for the summers spent amidst the beauty of Arthurs Seat, I’ve recently embarked on a journey capturing the visual essence of the Mornington Peninsula coastline from Frankston to Portsea and Cape Schanck. How the humble beach box has transformed into an artistic expression captivates me. As a result, I have walked up and down many beaches trying to find the boxes that create the most dramatic effect that I hope will resonate with the viewer – the use of stripes, flowers and geometric design – a strong pop of colour and a sense of fun.

This particular Rosebud beach box really resonated with me as it had a gorgeous rustic appeal. The beautiful large wooden doors, deep blue painted exterior and long wooden ramp flanked by tall coastal trees gives it a serene feeling, like you are in your own piece of paradise. A couple stop during their romantic walk on the quiet beach to taken in the scenery and enjoy the sportsmanship of the windsurfer in the background.

Many memories are made on or around water all along our coast and in my pictures I try to capture the essence of the family vacation and happy memories spent by the beach.

All my Mornington Peninsula series of works are available at 4 Sisters Indoor Market at the cnr Jetty Road and Pt Nepean Rd in Rosebud – open 7 days a week.

Debra Dal Bosco

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