Friday the 26th of April we are very proud to present Peter MacDonald at this month's Open House. Peter's aerial work featuring Lake Eyre is a perspective on this fragile area I have never seen. With subtle colour and abstract shapes Peter's work could be confused with paintings.
Peter lives near Wilpena Pound and is an accomplished landscape photographer, this work represents a new chapter in Peter's long career.
No need to book, just turn up at the lab at 4pm April 26th.
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In 2010, photographer Peter MacDonald spent five months on and off documenting the flooding of Lake Eyre in central Australia. This event occurs only once every 10 to 15 years when flood rains in the Northern Territory and Queensland drain into the Lake Eyre basin - which covers about one sixth of mainland Australia.
Most of Peter's work during the 2010 expeditions involved photographing the Lake at heights which ranged from 150 to 760 metres. While these photos documented the spectacular event from the first broken banks of the Diamantina and Warburton Rivers to the eventual filling of the Lake, there wasn't much time to creatively illustrate the amazing scenes beneath the aircraft.
This year several elements came together to enable Peter to capture this amazing landscape in a new and exciting way. These included; 1. The salt water coloured by the growth of algae. 2. Unusually heavy rains in March that covered the Lake and surrounding pastoral properties with vast amounts of fresh water. 3. The salt floor of the Lake which, in some areas, had no water on it.4. The spectacular dunes of the Great Victoria Desert which run up to the shores of the Lake. . Peter has been a longtime admirer of the great Aboriginal artists who are able to visualise their land accurately from on high and this was another influence on his decision to take a new approach. Shooting from outside the rear door of a light aircraft at 8,500 feet (2,600 metres), Peter was able to selectively compose images and either combined or isolated each of these elements.
Peter is a Flinders Ranges based landscape photographer who has lived and worked in the Outback of Australia for many years.
His work almost exdusively centres around the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia where he's lived for quite a long time and where he finds never ending subjects to photograph. He now resides in Parachilna.
Peter is a former commercial pilot who has flown over some of the remotest parts of Australia including the Kimberly Country of Westem Australia, Cape York in far north Queensland and the vast Red Centre. However he ended up back in the Flinders Ranges where he started his photographic journey about eight years ago.
The area where most of Peter's works are captured is semi arid and arid country. Often his photos are taken in the heat of summer when colours are more intense during certain parts of the day and storms create spectacular effects on the landscape.
Peter has had two previous exhibitions in Adelaide and runs a successful blog and website which is followed by people from all over Australia and, at last count, about 45 other countries.
Peter's photos are printed on fine art paper using a printing process called Giclee. Under normal conditions Giclee inks are guaranteed to retain their colour for 75 years and are of archival standard. Peter exclusively uses the services of master printer David Hobbs whose skills in correctly rendering the exact colours captured during the shooting of 'Lake Eyre · The Long View' was a work of art in itself.