57 year old, British photographer Simon Butterworth jumped at the chance to visit Shark Bay in Australia, with the hope of capturing many unusual subject matters for his long term photography series. Before journeying to Australia Simon googled Shark Bay for an insight as to what he could expect: “I often check out potential subjects on Google Earth, as soon as I saw Shark Bay I could see immense potential for adding to my project” stated Simon.
Taking to the skies, Simon flew to around 4,000 feet with an idea to capture Shark Bay’s salt fields from an Ariel perspective. However, wanting to photograph the Useless Loop solar salt operation meant shooting the camera directly at the ground, and the only way in which Simon could achieve this, was to have the aeroplane doors removed, a potentially dangerous and life-threatening act.
Photographing the salt fields in this way however has paid off; proving to be an incredible outlet for the photographer whose four hour shoot captured the shimmering blue salt fields in a flatter, sharper, more abstract perspective.
Every year, Useless Loop Solar Salt produces around 1.3 million tonnes of pristine salt so there was plenty for Simon to shoot, the results of which are flawless. His collection ‘Blue Fields’ has gained much acclaim from the photography community, worldwide and has encouraged Simon to continue with his photography: “The potential for aerial photography in a place like Australia is massive, and something I would love to explore further” so watch this space!
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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