My approach to artistic work is based on a career in photojournalism, including a decade covering UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones, in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Timor-Leste and West Africa where I documented the Ebola crisis.
As a peacekeeping photographer I had flown almost weekly on UN helicopters on missions to remote places. I had learnt there was no better way of getting an understanding of unfamiliar terrain than to see it from above.
Outside of my work as a United Nations peacekeeping photographer, I decided to focus on more personal projects. In July 2015 I decided to fly over the salt lakes of the Western Australian Goldfields to photograph a series called Gungurrunga Ngawa (Look Above), as a sequel to my earlier books and the exhibition From Above, Margaret River Region which captured aerial views of the southwest region of Western Australia.
No matter how many times I would study the internet maps of these regions to prepare for my photography flights, nothing would match the beauty of what I could see with my own eyes. By varying my flying altitude at different times of day and playing with the sun's angle I could capture striking colours and highlight unusual shapes and patterns.
My recent projects Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) - Cultural Significance of Languages in the Goldfields (exhibited across Western Australia with ART ON THE MOVE and at the Australian embassy in Paris for the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019) and Belong – Language connecting feeling, culture, country highlighting the importance of First Nations' languages currently exhibited at the WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth until 30 January 2022.
I am truly lucky to call Western Australia home. I hope you enjoy this visual journey above this very special place.