Olegas Truchanas and a lost Tasmanian wilderness
by Natasha Cica
In 1972, the pristine Lake Pedder in Tasmania's untamed south-west was flooded to build a dam. Wilderness photographer Olegas Truchanas, who had spent years campaigning passionately to save the magnificent freshwater lake, had lost his battle. But the campaign, the first of its kind in Australia, paved the way for later conservation successes, and turned Truchanas into a Tasmanian legend.
pedder dreaming quietly evokes the man, the time and the place. Truchanas, a post-war Lithuanian émigré, was a stalwart adventurer, loving family man, activist, thinker, survivor and artist. Told through the recollections of those who were closest to him, Truchanas emerges, as does his influence on early conservation in Tasmania, and the small group of landscape painters, the Sunday Group, who admired his passion for his wondrous landscape.
Stunningly illustrated with original Truchanas photographs from the 1950s through to the 1970s, and with artwork from the Sunday Group, pedder dreaming captures the brutality, raw beauty and vulnerability of the Tasmanian wilderness and the legacy of one man who had the vision to fight for it.