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Abstract Earth: Photos by Richard Woldendorp

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on August 5, 2014 in Photography
  • Dutch-born photographer Richard Woldendorp's whose first overhead images of Australian landscapes date from the 1960s, making him one of the pioneers of aerial photography.

    Trained as a painter, Woldendorp observes the world with a painter's eye, as you can see from the images in his Abstract Earth series, which have much in common with the canvases of the Abstract Expressionists and Color Field painters. That may be so, but the photos are in fact real, unadultered documents of the natural world -- and man's intrusions upon it.

    Says the artist:

    I like to show nature in its true form because I feel that by manipulating the photograph, the natural world’s real identity can be lost. The aerial point of view has compounded my appreciation of Australia's landscape's diversity. I do not use any enhancement, digital or otherwise, as there are millions of images before me already. Each journey becomes a flight of discovery as the countryside below tells something about its natural history and evolution. The challenge for me is how to interpret the complexity of information before me.

    You can view the rest of the series on Woldendorp's website.


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