Artist Murray Fredericks has captured never-before photographed rugged coastline in South Australia.
Murray Fredericks photographs nature at its most beautiful, desolate, and extreme. Born in Sydney and largely self-taught, Murray has captured South Australia’s spectacular Lake Eyre, as well as perilous ice sheets in Greenland.
This time around, Murray was commissioned by Colorbond Steel to journey into the wilderness in search of an organic colour inspiration for their latest steel matt.
To find a colour match to the deep charcoal grey, Murray ventured to the most southern part of South Australia to shoot the raw, rugged and rough edges of Australia’s coastline – a place that has never otherwise been photographed.
Murray also travelled to Lake Gairdner, a large salt lake to the north of Eyre Peninsula, where the light diffuses across the vast plain. Here, we speak to the artist about his journey.
When was the moment you knew you wanted to become a photographer?
I took a snap of our pet dog in the backyard at home when I was about 8. Instead of just holding the camera and pointing, I crawled around in the grass and came right up to the dog’s nose at a really low angle. I remember it to this day and particularly how fascinated I was with the freedom to compose in unusual ways and how exciting that was.
I made the ‘final leap’, the hard decision to become a photographer when I was 27 years old but I had always loved photography through school, studying the physics of optics for the HSC and photographing sports games throughout my school life.
Why do the SA landscapes and salt lakes inspire so much of your work?
It's the sense of space and the effect of the ‘perfect’ horizon you find on the salt lakes. These are qualities you find throughout Australia, but the best examples to work with I know of are out on the salt lakes.
What was the biggest challenge you faced during this shoot?
The biggest challenge was finding a location and then a composition that was true to the brief, the brief being finding a landscape that had the qualities of light reflectivity and colour tone inspired by the deep charcoal grey of Colorbond Steel.
What three tips would you give aspiring travel photographers?
1. Be respectful
2. Find your own voice
3. Spend more time in a single place rather than trying to cover it all!
What's the number one destination on your adventure list?
Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya.
See more of Murray's quest below: