Region’s beauty shared in photo book
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.”
French photographer Martine Perret has published Beyond — Above Western Australia.
An aerial shot of the Derby mudflats.
Roebuck Bay from the skies.