Gary’s aerial cinematography from The Kimberley region of Western Australia will be featured in an upcoming BBC production, Rituals.
You can see some of the original footage in my Discover The Kimberley video below. Or hop on over here to see the full archive of available aerial stock video footage from the Kimberley.
Gary’s archive of aerial drone videos from the spectacular Kimberley region of Western Australia is now available for commercial use. Get in touch to discuss licensing these videos for your TV/film production or marketing material.
Happy new year folks!
We saw a great response again last year to my new RFDS Kimberley and Gibb River Road photography calendars for 2018. The larger format and extra images seems to have made them very popular with locals and visitors alike.
Amazing to think this all started with a small batch of 10 calendars printed for friends and family back in 2013. To now have them selling through 35 outlets across the Kimberley, to have the photos on people’s walls around the world, and to be able to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the process is all pretty staggering.
Two words. THANK YOU!
We ended up selling more than 2800 calendars this year and officially raised $13,855 for RFDS Western Australia. With a number of outlets also donating their calendar profits directly to the RFDS the real total raised was more than $18,000 in 2017. This brings our overall fundraising total for 2016-2017 to more than $30,000 thanks to everyone’s generosity and support.
I’m also pretty stoked that after last’s year’s 6 week Kimberley camping trip I’ve got more than 60 new photos that I will be featuring in next year’s calendars, available for the start of the 2018 tourist season.
Hope your own photo adventures are treating you well. Stay creative. And stay curious.
Til next time,
Check out my latest drone video from the spectacular Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Every year for the last 5 years I’ve clocked up about 6 weeks exploring the Kimberley’s dusty, corrugated roads and beautiful gorges in my free time. This process of going back to places at different times of the day – and different times of year – builds a familiarity that feeds my photography and video work. This latest video is a collection of footage shot over that period and helps set the context for all of the adventures and misadventures that I’ve enjoyed along the way.
What is it that draws me back to this place? It’s a question I wrestle with time and again, as I am now, camped next to the Pentecost River in the East Kimberley at the end of my 6-week trip.
The Kimberley, of course, is different things to different people. For some it’s a holiday and a place to escape cooler climates down south. For others it’s a pilgrimage of sorts – a tradition – like the father and son on their way to Kalumburu for their bi-annual fishing trip. For others, like Ken Duncan’s photography tour group, it’s a great photography workshop of sorts. And of course, for a lot of people, it is home.
Continue reading “The Lure Of The Kimberley”
Sometimes beauty is in the details.
As photographers it’s very easy to run ourselves ragged hunting for the big shot – the hero shot. But sometimes there’s something much more beautiful right under our nose. Like the reflections of late afternoon light on burnt Kimberley sandstone. Blue and orange and black.
It’s not the photo most people would walk away with from Bell Gorge but it’s these little details that keep me captivated and keep me falling in love with the place time and time again.
Don’t forget to open your eyes and slow down long enough to lose yourself in the details.
Every once in a while on these camping trips I take a morning off photography. Not very often but occasionally, either by choice or circumstance. Instead it becomes a morning to wake slowly and savour the silence and stillness of a perfect Kimberley morning. No photo chase. No swapping filters. No wading through cold water. Just a slow start with a freshly brewed coffee. Perfect. And the Kimberley’s chorus of bird life as my background music. It’s not a bad way to start the day.
Continue reading “A Slow Start”
Back in the real world when I’m not working my days often start slowly. Coffee helps clear any lingering fog of one beer too many the night before. My morning scan of world news, and the latest Donald Trump scandal, lulls me into a false sense of feeling like I have learned something new – something useful – about the world, as if my daily consumption of bad news – or ‘fake news’ – makes me a better person. It doesn’t. Back in the real world it’s very easy to waste time – to fill our days with busywork that simply kills time. And when the day is over it’s all too easy to round out the day with another cold beer and crappy TV. These are the days when I am completely uninspired.
And then one day I wake up in the middle of the great wilderness that is the Kimberley and it couldn’t be more different. Out here surrounded by nature it is a different world. I open my eyes in the morning and a soft pre-dawn glow illuminates the burnt orange rocks around me. In an instant my morning is filled with purpose and excitement. I reach for the camera and the chase for a perfect sunrise photo begins – that alluring, frustrating, never-ending chase for a perfect image, a perfect Kimberley moment captured in time – an image that captures the place not only as I see it but as I feel it.
Continue reading “Room With A View”
From the air a uniform tree line of eucalypts stretch as far as the eye can see. The landscape can appear flat and uninspiring. But zoom in, look a little closer, and there are hidden gems around every corner. Quiet reflections in still creeks. Gently cascading waterfalls just out of sight. And ancient rock art calling to us from a distant past.
And yet from a distance all of it is hidden. All of it lies tucked away at the end of dusty roads in one of Australia’s least developed regions. It is a place with many names in many languages – named by those who first stepped foot on virgin soil, Australia’s first people. For us – those who follow in their footsteps – it is The Kimberley. A landscape rich in natural attractions, history and culture.
Driving west of the Victoria River towards the East Kimberley the first distinctive sandstone ridges – or mesas – welcome me back to Western Australia. Technically I’m still the N.T. but the geology makes it very clear this is Kimberley country. This is classic Kimberley sandstone, with burnt orange hues and vertical cliff faces. No mater how often I drive these roads these ranges speak to something deep within me.
Continue reading “Back In Kimberley Country”