Above and beyond for great shot
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.
Martine Perret with her new book, Beyond: Above Western Australia.