The Fungi Photography of Steve Axford

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Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 at 4:00 pm

Steve Axford’s Kingdom of Fungi

Back by popluar demand! A presentation in the Auditorium with some of the worlds most celebrated fungi images and films by the man himself.


Eight years ago Steve Axford quit his job, sold his house and moved to the remnants of the Big Scrub in far north New South Wales. ‘I bought a house with about 3 hectares of land surrounding it. I was 56 at the time and wasn’t ready to fully retire so I started to plant trees on my property, which was part of an old dairy farm, to regenerate the native rainforest, or a slightly open, human approximation of it,’ explains the ex-IT guy. And as he worked the deep, volcanic clay soils Steve noticed strange life forms: creatures belonging neither to the plant nor animal kingdoms.

So he got his camera out and started shooting.

Over the intervening years, hundreds of species of fungi have crossed into the focal length of Steve’s macro lens – and one look at the resulting images gives you the impression of peering, for the first time, through the Hubble telescope into outer space. It is another world down there amid the decomposing leaf matter and decaying wood. ‘There are an estimated 4 million species of fungi on Earth and we know almost nothing about them,’ Steve says.

Famously used by Attenbourough in the Planet Earth series these imnages and films are magical and astonishing.

The Fungi Photography of Steve Axford

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