Australia from 1951
Ant clearings with dam, Western Australia
direct positive colour photograph
image 37.8 (h) x 49.4 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Richard Woldendorp
Richard Woldendorp is one of Australia's most distinguished landscape photographers best known for his colour aerial photographs of his home state. He often eliminates the horizon line giving the image an abstract quality. This is further enhanced by his use of powerful telephoto lenses which serve to compact the spatial planes – creating in his own words, ‘a sense of wonderment at the beauty of nature’.