Richard Woldendorp is a talented Dutch photographer, who was born in 1927 in Utrecht, the Netherlands and lived for three years in Indonesia before emigrating to Australia in 1951. He was named Australian Photographer of the Year for his landscape photography and now specialises in photographing the Australian landscape from the air which has led to extensive travels throughout the country. Richard bought his first camera in 1955, and took up photography professionally after winning 3rd prize in a 1961 National Photography competition.
The Australian landscape has always appealed to me. There is something about it— its spaciousness, its character, the light and its uniqueness. I have a preference for the aerial perspective, and each flight becomes a flight of discovery as landscapes tell us about their natural history and reveal their evolution.
– Richard Woldendorp
Pink Lake, north-west of Esperance, Western Australia, Australia. This is the natural colouration of the salt lake. Taken August 1988 with a Pentax 6×7 camera and Agfa 50 RS film.
Top of Curtis Island, Cape Capricorn, north-east of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Showing and estuary with sand banks. Taken June 1997 with a Pentax 6×7 camera and Kodak Ektachrome 100 film. Appeared in the 2003 ëMixed Tapeí exhibition at Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and in the 2004 ëDown To Earthí exhibition at Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney. Also in the National Library of Australia, Canberra collection.
Ant clearings, Great Sandy Desert, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia. The vegetation has been cleared by ants and taken underground leaving areas approx. 4 – 5 metres across. Taken in 2003 with a Fuji 6×9 camera, a 65mm lens and Kodak Ektachrome 100 ASA film.
Turkey nest dam near Newdegate, Western Australia, Australia. A Turkey nest dam contrasts against the ploughed field. Taken in 1994 Pentax 6×7 with Fuji RVP film. Appeared in the book ‘Down To Earth’ on page 128 and in the 1999 ‘Down To Earth’ exhibition at Artplace, Perth, in the 2004 ‘Mixed Tape’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, the 2004 ‘Down To Earth’ exhibition at Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney and in the 2005 ‘Interesting Times’ exhibition at the MCA, Sydney. Also in the ACMP Hall of Fame Collection.
Lake Dumbleyung near Wagin, Western Australia, Australia. This natural lake has been affected by surrounding farming causing it to become saline. After the first rains the now salt lake, turns pink. Taken in 2005 with a Fuji 6×9 camera, 65mm lens and Fuji 100 RDP film.
Salt lakes surrounded by wheat fields, 50kms north east of Esperance, Western Australia, Australia. Taken February 1994 with a Pentax 6×7 camera and Fuji 100 RDP film.
Coastal river pattern, Northern Territory, Australia. Tidal variations create a design. Taken in 2004 with a Canon EOS1N 35mm camera and Fuji 100 film. Appeared in the 2007 ‘Richard Woldendorp’ exhibition at Goddard de Fiddes, Perth.
Sand dune, Windorah, Queensland, Australia. Late light on the drifting sand dune, south east Queensland. Taken with a Canon EOS 1N and Fuji Velvia 50 ASA film.