If you’re looking for Emily Eckhard you’ll usually find her behind the lens of her camera. Talented photographer and business owner of Em & The Wild Things, Emily spends her days capturing some of the Central West community’s most memorable moments. Originally from Sydney, Emily moved from London all the way to Molong back in 2010. A a single mum to three gorgeous children and self proclaimed hopeless romantic who loves hiking, podcasts and reading, Emily chatted with us for a little business back chat!
What is it that you love about the art and culture scene in the Central West?
There’s a lot of talent in the community and artist and creatives support each other.
What do you think makes the Central West unique?
Endless inspiration in our landscape. More physical space to create. It’s a smaller pond so everyone gets to know each other, and it doesn’t feel as cliquey or as exclusive as it might be in bigger city/region.
Tell us a little bit about your recent exhibition- what inspired it?
My last exhibition was called Tree stories. It was a group show with Fiona Barrett-Clark, Ingrid Kwong, Ingrid Bowen. We explored the beauty and mystery of trees through photography and paint. Creating our own narratives by looking at silhouettes and patterns, light and shade, and the intrinsic nature of our arboreal relationships.
What really inspires your photography?
Beauty, truth, and love. The way people feel about each other. The way I feel about the natural world.
How would you describe your photography in three words?
Romantic, Timeless, Cinematic.
What is your favourite time of year to photograph in our region?
Each season has its own charm, autumn gets the most attention, but winter gets my vote because of the fog and frost.
What’s currently on your camera card?
Weddings and families.
Where can people see your gorgeous photography?
You can buy my prints from Camera House in Orange, Lime and Stone in Molong and Warruga Shack Airbnb in Orange.