The Salt Lakes Project

The project documents the flooding of Lake Eyre and Lake Frome in central Australia from 2010 to the present. It explores the textural beauty that is created by the meeting of dry salt, fresh and saline water and the desert. Mostly shot between 150 and 3,000 metres the series uses composition and the multiple textures to form seemingly abstract images.

Flooding of Lake Eyre in Central Australia. generally occurs only once every 10 to 15 years when big rains in the Northern Territory and Queensland drain into the Lake Eyre basin – which covers about one sixth of mainland Australia.

Most of this work involved photographing outside an aircraft tat heights which ranged from 150 to 3,000 metres.

The project started right from the first broken banks of the Diamantina and Warburton Rivers to the eventual filling of the the Lake.

The textures involved in most of the images were ;

salt water coloured by algae

freshly fallen rainwater 

the exposed salt surface of the lake

The spectacular dunes of the Great Victoria and Strzelecki Deserts which run up to the shores of both Lake and and Lake Frome.

Lake Frome Is located several hundred kilometres south of Lake Eyre. It is not fed by incoming floodwaters, rather filed by rain falling on it.

It has unusual  sand island isolated for millions of years and a much brighter salt surface.

Peter has been a long admirer of some of the great aboriginal artists of Australia’s desert country who are able to visualise their land quite accurately from on high. This this was a major  factor the approach he used. The Arubunna people are the traditional owners of the land and Kati-thandra is the aboriginal name for Lake Eyre.

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