living with koalas photographer Drew Hopper

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Drew HOPPER.    Title: ‘ Gum Leaves ‘  – scanography

Living with Koalas photographer



Documentary photographer based in New South Wales, Australia

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ Gum Leaves  

Size: A2 | Medium / technique : scanography – this is a cameraless technique more commonly referred to as scanner photography or scanography, which is the process of capturing digitised images of objects for the purpose of creating printable art using a flatbed “photo” scanner with a CCD (charge-coupled device) array capturing device. By simply placing objects onto the flatbed glass I’m able to capture ultra hi-res quality files perfect for large prints.   

‘The eucalyptus tree is a symbol of strength, protection and survival. It’s also a holy tree for the Aboriginals. For them, it represents the division of underworld, earth and heaven. At a spiritual level, the eucalyptus has a purifying effect. Negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf.”  Drew Hopper

Drew Hopper is an Australian freelance documentary photographer exploring ecological themes, landscape and place. He is committed to documenting social, cultural and environmental stories around the world. Known for his thought-provoking and in-depth visual storytelling, Drew has photographed multiple feature stories for Australian Geographic, including the front cover of Issue 155 (March-April 2020) on the Black Summer bushfires.

Captivated by the diversity of environments, Drew ventures far and wide to capture pictures that define his experiences with the vision that they will impact and inspire an audience in a way individual to each viewer. Drew’s curiosity for different ways of living has influenced the desire to travel to new and unfamiliar territories. With a talented eye, he captures intimate imagery and works with humility, respect and a light footprint. 

Drew is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic, covering assignments throughout Australia. He also regularly contributes to Australian Photography magazine writing articles and judges monthly contests and has work featured in numerous publications worldwide.

Living with Koalas 100 artworks