HAR­VEST­ING A WIN

He­li­copter mus­terer of­fers an in­spir­ing vi­sion through pho­tog­ra­phy

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY - PHOTO: SCOTT BRI­DLE

WIN­NING VIEW: He­li­copter mus­terer Scott Bri­dle has taken out the top honours at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show with this stun­ning photo called Har­vest at Bev­er­leigh. Scott’s pretty handy with a cam­era but even he says he’s got a unique view from his reg­u­lar day job.

With the farm­ing pho­tos, it’s the pat­terns – people don’t re­alise what they’re cre­at­ing.

SCOTT BRI­DLE

AS A HE­LI­COPTER mus­terer, Scott Bri­dle gets to see reg­u­larly what other people don’t.

His bird’s eye view of the Aus­tralian land­scape has helped him to take out first prize in the ru­ral pho­tog­ra­phy sec­tion of this year’s Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

Mr Bri­dle grew up on a cat­tle, wheat and sheep farm in south-western Queens­land be­fore go­ing to work as a stockman up north and then in cen­tral Queens­land.

He was al­ways in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy but said it was not un­til he took to the skies that the hobby be­came more se­ri­ous.

“When I was see­ing things from the air that not a lot of people had an op­por­tu­nity to see I thought, ‘Gee, I have to cap­ture that’,” he said.

“My first roll of pho­tos was shown to a stu­dio in By­ron Bay and that cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est. It en­cour­aged me to go away and do more of it.”

Mr Bri­dle, now based at Me­an­darra, said the aerial work had given him a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of the land.

“The unique­ness of the Aus­tralian land­scape is quite amaz­ing. With the farm­ing pho­tos, it’s the pat­terns – people don’t re­alise what they’re cre­at­ing.”

A life-long con­nec­tion with the bush and the people who live there has en­abled the award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher to un­der­stand the sub­jects he pho­to­graphs.

“It’s my way of ex­press­ing what I see.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EX­CEL­LENCE IN RU­RAL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Scott Bri­dle with his award-win­ning photo of the wheat har­vest at Bev­er­leigh, Dir­ran­bandi. BE­LOW: The win­ning im­age.

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