Once in a blue moon great teams come together. The Fantastic Four Fotographers of the Australian Southwest is one such great team. Christian Fletcher, Neil Pritchard of Spool Photography, Antony Spencer from the UK, and yours truly make up the team and we, The Fantastic Four, had a fantastic four days fotographing the Southwest of Australia.
We went from Dunsborough to Esperance and back again via the Stirling Ranges. We had a brilliant time, captured some great light and images and everywhere the Fantastic Four went, people loved us. Especially when we provided entertainment to half a campsite by spending 15 minutes figuring out how to pack Christian’s too-smart tent! Unfortunately I caught a vicious stomach bug, spent all of Tuesday in stomach cramps and just wanted to die every second. I was back in action Wednesday fortunately, cannot keep a superhero down for long. I am reporting to you from True North Mark’s lovely boat at Rottnest Island so this will have to be brief and just contain a few images from the Tales of the Fantastic Four.
First up we have the striking colours of Esperance, stock image heaven:
Secondly, my favourite image from the trip, I assume probably only Christian will also love this, but the trip through farmland provided a heaven of altered landscapes under a beautiful sky:
These images very much showcase how I shoot landscapes presently. Panoramas are yesteryear’s thing as far as I am concerned, I am into very simplistic straight on squared spaces, shooting into the horizon. The fewer elements the better, and the more altered the better. Telephone poles, silos and old sheds rock! Nothing funnier than having Antony and Neal look on bewildered as Christian and I fired away, Antony admitting “seriously, I have no idea what you’re capturing”.
Thanks to Christian, Neil and Stony Tony for an awesome time. Thanks also to photographer Dan Paris in Esperance, was great to meet you and to see your part of the world.