Re­gion’s beauty shared in photo book

Broome Advertiser - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

The stun­ning land­scapes of the Kim­ber­ley have been im­mor­talised in print by a high-fly­ing aerial photographer.

Air­borne snap­shots of Wil­lie Creek, Broome’s Roe­buck Bay and Derby’s tidal flats as well as the Gold­fields, Esper­ance, Gas­coyne and Mid West have been col­lected in a new 80-page land­scape book, Be­yond — Above Western Aus­tralia.

The images are the work of French photographer Mar­tine Per­ret, who said she was fo­cus­ing on giv­ing a new per­spec­tive on an­cient land forms and the unique­ness of the West Aus­tralian land­scape.

“I had been dream­ing about fly­ing above Broome and Derby for a long time; I live in Mar­garet River and I de­cided to fly in the Kim­ber­ley in July dur­ing the dry sea­son,” she said.

“As I flew above the tidal flats of Derby, I felt very moved by the sheer beauty of the vast ex­panse and pat­terns on the ground — my images show the tidal mud flats as great snaking branches and in­tri­cate ten­drils.”

“Wher­ever I go for my aeri­als, I like vary­ing my fly­ing al­ti­tude at dif­fer­ent times of day, and play­ing with the sun’s an­gle to cap­ture strik­ing colours and high­light un­usual shapes and pat­terns.”

Per­ret has pre­vi­ously worked with The Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view and as a United Na­tions photographer cov­er­ing peace­keep­ing mis­sions in con­flict zones such as Bu­rundi, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, South Su­dan and West Africa.

“As a peace­keep­ing photographer, 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.”

Per­ret said the dif­fer­ent re­gions of WA were com­monly rep­re­sented in aerial photography as dis­tinct colours, such as the salt lakes of the Gold­fields pro­duc­ing the deep red of iron rich soil and man­ganese cre­at­ing shades of pur­ple, off­set by dra­matic streaks of white salt.

“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,” she said.

“I am truly lucky to call Western Aus­tralia home.”

Pic­ture: David Dare Park­erk

French photographer Mar­tine Per­ret has pub­lished Be­yond — Above Western Aus­tralia.

Pic­tures: Mar­tine Per­ret

An aerial shot of the Derby mud­flats.

Roe­buck Bay from the skies.

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