about martin hawes

MARTIN HAWES is a writer, wilderness photographer and consultant who has been based in Tasmania since he was 12. Soon after his family migrated from the UK he fell in love with the Tasmanian wilderness, and it has been one of the primary influences on his life.

Having obtained a degree in pure mathematics Martin devoted the late 1970s and much of the 80s to wilderness photography, supporting himself by specialising in remote-area track management. In the early 80s he was closely involved in the campaign to save the Franklin River, and he was a campaign coordinator for the Wilderness Society in 1984. His first book ‘Above me only sky: A portrait of the Tasmanian Wilderness’ was published in 1981.

Since the late 80s Martin has focused increasingly on philosophical writing. 2003 saw the release of his second book Twelve Principles: Living with integrity in the twenty-first century, which was recently translated into Greek. In 1997/98 he spent a year as a staff member at Brockwood Park, a whole-of-life school in England founded by J Krishnamurti. He still derives much of his income from wilderness management, working mainly as a consultant for land-management agencies in Tasmania and Victoria.

Martin has worked on a number of collaborative artistic projects including the multimedia production ‘The Island’ (2000) with the Tasmanian duo Alchemy, and the ‘imperfections’ exhibition (2004) with haiku poet Ron Moss. He has contributed photographs and essays to numerous publications, including Wild and 40° South magazines, and to the book ‘Endangered: Tasmania's wild places’, which was released in 2006. He is currently working on a new philosophical book in collaboration with Steve Ruben, with whom he co-wrote Declaration of Freedom and the website The FAQs of Life.