Peter MacDonald – Environmental Photographer
The idea of living in a remote town with less than a handful of residents in sometimes searing hot temperatures in summer and bitter desert winds in winter would not appeal to many people
However it does have its advantages. When home, Peter strolls across to an Australia iconic hotel for his morning coffee and is close to a vast area of beautiful mountains and desert.
He well understands the way people live their lives in remote country.
He grouches at the poor communication technology people have to endure in the bush, hates how governments ignore the bush but loves the isolation and never stops marvelling at the wonders in his “backyard”.
And his passion is taking pictures.
He has a strong belief that ‘Nature Knows” and is very concerned about the health of our planet which goes far beyond climate change.
Peter has spent many hours flying a plane to see the country from above so he knows what a great dramatic artist Nature is.
Deep in the bush the distinctions between photography and art dissolve. A photograph that looks like a painting shows us what Nature is up to but you have to sit with it first, give it time and listen to the silence.
He has gained the technical skills and the equipment to capture what he see. Guided by patience, and great equipment he has made a body of work dedicated to Epic Nature.
He lives in the Flinders Ranges in the southern part of Australia where he can wander through the country almost daily, studying the landforms, the seasons and the geology, listening to the silence of an ancient country.
His Salt Lakes Project on the floods of Lake Eyre and Lake Frome has been exhibited in South Australia.
Another fifty five images of the rocky outcrops and brilliant red earth of the Flinders Ranges and the Outback were published in Harper Collins illustrated reissue of I Once Met a Man, a book of Australian bush stories.
He has undertaken large-scale commissions involving images six metres wide and his photographs based on the themes of earth and water are spectacular features in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Peter has studied the elements of classical design in Italy with a New York artist and master photographer who encouraged him to share more widely his high-resolution art prints that reveal the brilliance of nature.
The successful stuff
- The Salt Lake Project – Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia (SA)
- South Australia Living Artists (SALA) exhibitions 2010-13, 2015, SA Museum
- Photographs for new Royal Adelaide Hospital (2016)
- Visitor Information Centre, Flinders Ranges National Park (SA)
- SA Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Australia Post stamp set
- Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary (SA)
- Prairie Hotel, Parachilna (SA)
- R.M. Williams I Once Met a Man (Illustrated Edition) HarperCollins
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology
- Moran Contemporary Photography prize (semi-finalist)
- Best of Australian Outback Stations 4 photo essays
- This is South Australia SA Life Publications
- Calendars and diaries, R.M. Williams Publishing