ACCESS ALL AREAS
DUTCH-BORN Richard Woldendorp is one of Australia’s best-known landscape photographers and is represented at the Australian National Gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. A retrospective of his aerial landscape works will be exhibited at the National Trust S. H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney from late June. It will be accompanied by the release of his latest book, Abstract Earth . www.fremantlepress.com.au; www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au.
When I visit The Netherlands to see family and friends, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is always on the agenda. www.rijksmuseum.nl.
LA SPECOLA, FLORENCE
This Italian museum has 34 rooms crammed with all things zoological, as collected by several generations of the Medici family. Its most celebrated exhibits are the true-to-life wax anatomical models created in 17th-century Florence to teach medicine; they are famous for their artistry and accuracy. www.museumsinflorence.com.
THE DATAI LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
This resort nestles snugly in tropical rainforest on the northwestern tip of Langkawi Island off the west coast of Malaysia. It’s a dose of nature with fivestar service. The restaurants there are also memorable. www.ghmhotels.com.
THE NETHERLANDS BY BOAT
The Netherlands is criss-crossed by waterways and as long as the canal is deep enough and the bridges high enough, you can hire a boat and get just about anywhere by water. www.hatenboer.nl.
NEW EDITION BOOKS, FREMANTLE
This is the store to visit for books by West Australian authors: look for the first display when you walk in the door. Browse, walk across the road for a coffee, then browse some more. 82 High St, Fremantle.
BOUTWELL DRAPER GALLERY, SYDNEY
Susan Boutwell has worked in art galleries worldwide and has a great eye for new and emerging artists, while co-owner James Draper is a prominent sculptor. Exhibitions of artworks in every medium look great on long white walls beneath dark wooden beams. www.boutwelldrapergallery.com.au.
FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK, WA
My favourite activity is taking aerial photographs from a small aircraft or a hotair balloon, capturing the diversity of the Australian landscape. One such spot is the Francois Peron National Park in the extreme north of the Peron Peninsula. The birrida (an Aboriginal word meaning footsteps of the giant) are small salt lakes that make beautiful aerial landscapes. www.westernaustralia.com.
My choice of plane for aerial photography is a Cessna 180. The windows on both sides open up and give maximum visibility. Most towns of reasonable size have an aero club with a Cessna, but when in the Kimberley I use Golden Eagle Airlines. A hot-air balloon is also an ideal platform; I fly with Windward Adventures in Northam, WA, to photograph the picturesque Avon Valley and the seasonal activities on the land. www.goldeneagleairlines.com; www.windwardballooning.com.
Andreas Feininger has been my inspiration as guide and teacher, and his book The CreativePhotographer is one of his best manuals. Famous for his photographs of New York, Feininger’s works are in permanent collections in Britain and the US, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Find the book at online antiquarian stores such as www.antiqbook.com/boox/cro/ 18700.shtml.
I ALWAYS PACK
My photographic gear: a Pentax 6 x 7 and a Canon 5D digital camera with a 24-105mm zoom lens suitable for aerial photography. And of course a good pair of walking boots for my ground work. Sharon Fowler