This image was shot from the centre of a small lake in the middle of a cottonwood plantation Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. I had driven past the property many times and after a good chat with the owner was invited to shoot. My initial wander around provided some good locations but when the owner showed me this small lake I knew it would be a strong shot with the red of the tiny water plants, the deep blue winter sky and the stark foliage.
The region is a favourite for many Sydneysiders who enjoy the cooler temperatures and lower humidity during the sticky summers in the city. The recently completed Bradman Museum is a great stop for many cricket mad Bradman fans on a kind of pilgrimage that follows the great cricketers life and career.
This image is part of a series that that I have been working towards for several years.
During my Masters degree I was reading works by environmental author David Suzuki. He has ideas about small communities that resonated with me.
I was trying to find a way to illustrate these ideas of working, living, growing food and learning within a small geographical area. In a way it is a positive insularity.
After much trial and error I combined several existing techniques to create an original photographic approach that captures in amazing detail and clarity a panorama into a circular image. I call these images CircPan (circular panorama).
The images have the look of an aerial photograph, in this case shot from a boat moored in the middle of a small lake. They are a unique approach to landscape photography.
The image is printed on archival paper with pigment inks, embossed with my seal and posted rolled in a tube.