Mallacoota, Victoria Photographers Martin & Mariska AscherMariska was born in The Netherlands & I was born in Victoria. We first met at school in 1966 in our early teens, but didn’t date until 1969. We were married in November 1974 in South Melbourne.

We built our first house in Keilor Downs, and after 3 years moved to a rural area in South Gisborne to experience the country and abundant wildlife. We both worked fulltime & decided we needed a holiday. We visited Mallacoota for the first time & fell in love with its beauty, relaxed lifestyle and have lived here since 2006.

We both have a deep passion, love and respect for Australia, its raw beauty and wildlife. Landscape design & construction have been my passion for many years. I love to create Australian native habitat gardens with logs, rocks & ponds to provide a place of solitude where we can coexist with nature and the local wildlife. By interacting so closely with some of our native wildlife, I have experienced firsthand that they do get to know who you are! It’s an exciting & satisfying experience to be accepted into their world. In time, a sense of trust can exist between the birds, lizards, wildlife and us – they are a lot smarter than you think!

I played with film photography on and off, but being very busy at work had little time to spare – how fast time has passed! On my 63rd birthday I purchased my first digital camera – a Nikon D800e. Eighteen months later, it’s become an obsession of mine. It is amazing how observant you become; clouds, reflections, moon cycles, the colour of light unique to each location and time of day. I’m in & out of bed all night checking the weather, sky & moon, heading off at 3 or 4 in the morning. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to capture a great picture. Despite my passion for photography and wildlife, my true love Mariska says “yes, we are still together & I love to see the images, when he returns for a late breakfast”!

Images have a profound power to evoke emotion and draw up memories. I love to capture the beauty all around us from the widest panorama to the smallest of creatures that live and function in this beautiful landscape to make it a whole. To be able to display these via photography is my passion; to capture and display these for all to see is my goal.

I hope the feel of the moment can be felt by you so everyone can appreciate what an amazing country we live in. Every day I strive to learn a little more so that I can portray these images to you a little better. I am truly grateful to be able to live in such a wonderful place and be surrounded by love and abundant life. I hope that in some small way I may be able to share that with grammar check online