Notes based on an interview from ‘On Landscape’ online magazine (Issue giving a preview of future pdf formats for the magazine).
He describes himself as a Nature rather than a landscape photographer on the basis of his interests (non-human) and the imprecision of the way the term landscape is used too “loosely” and can include “an oil refinery or cityscape”, p.72. The human world doesn’t interest him he says.
Tim Parkin says that Bell’s images continue the “environmental and artistic work” of Olegas Tuchanas and Peter Drombrovskis. (Research them at some time).
He has published four books (at the date of the interview – 2011), ‘A Time To Care’ 1980 – has an environmental concern context, ‘Beyond the Reach’ 1990 – Focused on Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair National Park, ‘The Noblest Stone’ 1995, ‘Primal Places’.
The following are example images from the article,
The last one is very similar to one I have seen taken by Dav Thomas in Scotland.
In summary I think he is a photographer searching for beauty for beauty’s sake. His images in the article fit quite comfortably with the concept of ‘intimate landscapes’ and his love and affinity for the wild, untouched wilderness of Tasmania supports the feeling of his intimacy with the land.