Above and be­yond for great shot

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Pic­ture: David Dare-Parker

Mar­garet River-based pho­tog­ra­pher Mar­tine Per­ret is re­leas­ing a new book fea­tur­ing her dis­tinc­tive aerial ap­proach. See to­day’s Time Out sec­tion for the full story.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Mar­tine Per­ret learnt from her work with the United Na­tions that see­ing a re­gion from the air gives a spe­cial in­sight.

Heli­coptered in and out of re­mote trou­ble spots dur­ing her 10-year ca­reer pho­tograph­ing peace­keep­ing mis­sions helped in­spire the ap­proach to Per­ret’s lat­est work.

“I had flown al­most weekly on UN he­li­copters on mis­sions to re­mote places,” she said.

“I had learnt there was no bet­ter way of get­ting an un­der­stand­ing of un­fa­mil­iar ter­rain than to see it from above.”

Those ex­pe­ri­ences in­formed Per­ret’s work since land­ing in Mar­garet River with pho­tog­ra­pher hus­band David Dare-Parker sev­eral years ago, with her sec­ond book of aerial pho­tos, Be­yond: Above West­ern Aus­tralia, launch­ing at the Mar­garet River Book­shop later this month.

Be­yond fol­lows From Above, re­leased in 2014 and fo­cus­ing on the Mar­garet River re­gion.

Pro­mo­tion for Be­yond said the new book “shares a se­ries of breath­tak­ing im­ages taken from the air, giv­ing a new per­spec­tive on an­cient land­forms”.

He­li­copter flights took Per­ret across the Mid West, Gas­coyne and Kim­ber­ley re­gions, as well as WA’s Gold­fields, where the pho­tog­ra­pher has pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited.

“No mat­ter how many times I would study the in­ter­net maps of these re­gions to pre­pare for my pho­tog­ra­phy flights, noth­ing would match the beauty of what I could see with my own eyes,” Per­ret said.

“By vary­ing my fly­ing al­ti­tude at dif­fer­ent times of day, and play­ing with the sun’s an­gle, I could cap­ture strik­ing colours and high­light un­usual shapes and pat­terns.”

The pho­tog­ra­pher said she was lucky to now call WA home and re­mained fas­ci­nated by the State’s di­verse land­scapes and wa­ter­ways.

“Pho­tograph­ing from the air was my way to show the scale of the ob­ject within that re­mote and an­cient en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

Per­ret was also work­ing on a mul­ti­me­dia por­trait ex­hi­bi­tion called Ngala Wongga, de­pict­ing speak­ers of in­dige­nous lan­guages at risk of dy­ing out, now tour­ing with Art On The Move.

Per­ret wanted to show “the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of the peo­ple and the land” and tell the sto­ries of the peo­ple she pho­tographed.

“Ngala Wongga is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity in the Gold­fields,” Per­ret said.

“The con­cep­tual body of mul­ti­me­dia work goes be­yond doc­u­men­tary and pho­to­jour­nal­ism, creat­ing an aes­thetic and cre­ative plat­form high­light­ing the elders’ con­nec­tion to land while il­lu­mi­nat­ing the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of Aus­tralia’s en­dan­gered lan­guages.”

Be­yond launches on Oc­to­ber 24 and an ex­hi­bi­tion at Mar­garet River Gallery in Novem­ber will fea­ture some of the im­ages from the book.

Pic­ture: David Dare-Parker

Mar­tine Per­ret with her new book, Be­yond: Above West­ern Aus­tralia.

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