Darwin landscape

posted on: 27.05.2014

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A while ago I went to Darwin to visit a dear friend. During my visit I was lucky enough to take a ride in a helicopter where I was able to experience the landscape from an aerial perspective and take these photographs. Unfortunately I did not get as many clear images as I would have liked but the joy ride was full of dips, dives and sharp turns (I was also desperately trying to catch a glimpse of a croc!).

To me, the first few images of Australia’s top end evoke thoughts of a Fred Williams landscape painting. And during the entire ride I was reminded of his work. Fred Williams is my favourite landscape artist and his Australian works represent our vast land in a unique perspective – literally. Fred Williams is perhaps most known for his landscapes where there is no horizon line, where he represents the landscape fully parallel to the picture plane as if seen from the air. A compositional technique also used by Aboriginal Artists.

The undeniably flat land pierced and dotted with trees is so “Australian” and Fred Williams was able to capture such character through abstract markings.

My design professor at university, Prof. Des Smith, introduced me to the Australian artist. He always said that if we were lucky enough to view the top end of Australia from above then we would truly understand Fred Williams’ work. He was right.

The last few photos are unlike the work of the artist, however they show the contrast and change in the landscape. The flora around the river is much more dense and vibrant but it quickly disperses into the type of landscape represented in the first photographs.

| photos by Chloë Antonio |

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