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Martine began her professional career as
a freelance photographer in Sydney in 1999,
including a stint as both photographer and
desk editor at The Australian Financial Review.
Martine’s interest in photojournalism has taken
her to Timor-Leste in 2003, and on several
United Nations missions to destinations such
as Burundi (2004), Democratic Republic of the
Congo (2006), West Sahara (2010), and South
Sudan (2013). In December 2013, Martine
settled in Margaret River and is now working
as a freelance photographer, releasing her
landscape photographic book Margaret River
Region – FROM ABOVE. Her photos have
been published in The Australian Financial
Review, The Sun Herald, Rolling Stone
magazine, The Bulletin, ProPhoto,
Better Photography and various United
HAVE YOU HAD A CRAZY
EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU’VE
BEEN SHOOTING IN WA?
I guess it’s a bit crazy to be leaning out
of a helicopter without a door to try and get
a photo of a surfer catching a huge swell!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE
EXPERIENCE IN WA?
My favourite has really been photographing
from above, thanks to Wild Blue Helicopters,
and seeing incredible landscapes you would
not normally see to produce my new book,
Margaret River Region – FROM ABOVE. The
shape, texture and colours of the land make it
a unique visual feast.
To purchase images, or for more
information visit www.martineperret.
Christian Fletcher has been taking photographs professionally for over 20 years. In that time, he has had to
evolve with every advance in technology and creative technique. Christian cut his teeth on film and lived
for years in a darkened room, mixing chemicals, printing his own shots, and framing them. When he thinks
of where he began, and looks at where he is now and beyond to the future, he is amazed at how far he has
come and how far there is still left to go. Every month someone develops a new idea or approach that refines
photography just that little bit more. It is these refinements that keep photography exciting for him. One of
the premiere Australian Landscape Photographers, Christian won the AIPP Australian and Western Australian
Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2011.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE IN WA?
It was a trip to Karlamilyi National Park (also known as Rudall River National Park), 300km east of Newman,
with four fellow photographers. It’s on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and is a spectacular area of the
Pilbara – it’s so remote. We camped for the night under the shade of a grove of white gum trees and we were
visited by dingos – not that I knew, but apparently we were! We were sleeping in swags under the stars and
doing it tough, no five-star on this trip. The next morning, at the first hint of a glow on the horizon, we woke up
and started to pack our gear for a sunrise shoot. At that point my brother pointed up and said, “Have a look
at that”. At that moment, the International Space Station was flying over, with the Space Shuttle close behind
getting ready to dock. It was amazing to think that we were in the middle of nowhere, with basic technology,
and here flying over us was the ultimate in technological achievement. We all just stood and stared as the two
satellites streaked across the star-filled sky, silently and in perfect alignment. I’ll never forget it.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING IN WA?
So many photographers, myself included, head overseas thinking that’s where the best shots are. The reality,
however, is Western Australia is just as awesome as anywhere else. I have to pinch myself sometimes when
shooting the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast. We have it all, from beautiful blue pristine water, to desert, forest,
mountains, the outback and the green rolling hills. There really is a landscape to please every photographer.
One of the best things, though, is you don’t have the crowds. Most times when I am out, I have the location to
myself. There is something nice about being on your own in a place of beauty and doing what you love.
To purchase images, or for more information, visit www.christianfletcher.com.au.
Point Picquet, Cape Naturaliste,
by Christian Fletcher.
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